Play This Retro ‘Wordle’ Replica for a Taste of 80s Computing – Review Geek

Chris Bradburne

One of the most interesting things about wordle is its simplicity. The trending pun of 2022 could have existed at any time in the history of computing, even in the 1980s. Don’t believe me? Retro developer Chris Bradburne successfully ported wordle to the legendary BCC Micro, a classic computer best known for its use in 1980s British classrooms.

The retro wordle The port works on older BBC Micro home computers, although you can also play it in the browser on modern hardware. It uses a slightly modified version of Wordle’s word list and reference a dictionary of over 12,000 words to check each of your guesses.

Interestingly, the wordle port lets you play as many games as you want. It also saves all of your stats, though those stats disappear when you close the game. That’s an 80s strain I guess.

It should be noted that there is still no official wordle app, because founder Josh Wardle has no interest in tarnishing his “labor of love”. You can add the wordle website to your smartphone home screen, however, and there are several Wordle alternatives with actual apps.

You can play Bradburne wordle port in your browser (or get the game for a BBC Micro) via BBC Micro Games Archive. If you want to know more about the port, check out Chris Bradburne’s thread on Stardot.

Source: Chris Bradburne via TechRadar

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