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What is Heardle? The audio version of Wordle that brings the nostalgia

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Everybody’s favourite daily brainteaser Wordle may have some competition on its hands, through the launch and steady rise in popularity of Heardle. The new game sees players guessing song names and their respective artists in as little tries as possible. Because, who doesn't want to add an extra challenge to their day?

How do you play Heardle?

The synopsis of Heardle describes it as a ‘respectful homage to Wordle, with a musical twist’ with each Heardle a semi-randomly chosen song from a long list of popular artists. Unlike Wordle, there are no green or blue tiles, instead if your guess is incorrect you’re provided with additional seconds to work out the tune being played.

Heardle is also loaded with nostalgia as daily song choices vary from decade to decade. Artists like Outkast have previously featured, alongside contemporary pop artists like Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande.

It is yet to be determined if Heardle will experience the rapid gain in popularity as Wordle, originally launched by Welsh software engineer Josh Wardle as a means of keeping his partner entertained. Later acquired by the New York Times, the invention was satirical wordplay of his own name and was shared through word of mouth from his family and beyond.  Now a worldwide craze, there’s been many varieties of the game inspired by its user-friendly design and simplicity.

Heardle isn’t the first offshoot inspired by Wordle, with variants like Quordle – a game allowing you to solve four wordless at once – already having surfaced since the original’s ascension to popularity. With certain Wordle users feeling the game isn’t as fun since acquired by the Times, an upside of Heardle is that it can’t get much more complicated than listening to a tune and testing your memory, like a digital version of Spicks and Specks.

Where can I play Heardle?

You can play Heardle now via the Heardle app.

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