2022 has seen a whole raft of Wordle-style daily games crop up, and while not all of them have stuck, a few are in my daily routine and I'm really enjoying them. I don't share these on social media, but my wife and I do share them in iMessage every single day, and they're a lot of fun.
- Wordle is the one that started this whole trend, and it remains a great experience. Also, if you're an NYTimes subscriber, you should also bookmark Wordlebot, which gives you some analytics and analysis of your game.
- Heardle has you listen to one second of a song and try to identify it. Then 2 seconds, then 4…up to 16 seconds. Unbelievably fun, especially when you get it with just the very first note.
- Framed has you guess the movie from stills taken from the film. You get 6 guesses, and the images go from pretty obscure (like a close up of a clock) to very explicit (the main actor or the most iconic shot).
- Actorle is the latest addition, and it takes the 20 top-grossing films from an actor's filmography, shows you the IMDB score, and masks the titles of movies (so The Matrix would be XXX XXXXXX), and you get 8 guesses to figure out who you're looking at.
I'm also on and off with Knotwords, but I find it takes a bit too long to play, so it doesn't scratch that same itch that these games do, so I play it in spurts every few weeks.