What is Spotle?
Spotle is a variation of the viral Wordle by Josh Wardle. The basics of the game are the same, and all the Wordle rules apply. We do have the new Black block (incognito block) that is the primary characteristic of Spotle.
How do I play Spotle?
Spotle can be played on any modern device that runs a supported browser. If you are reading this, you can play Spotle. If you have a physical keyboard, simply type the desired word and press Enter. You can also use the mouse to click on the keyboard present on the screen. If you are on a mobile device, use the keyboard on the screen. There's no need to select the square you want to add a letter to as that's done automatically. Like Wordle, it will be the first available square.
Why is it called Spotle?
The name was for a very long time an unknown. As per other Wordle variations, ending in 'tle' or 'le' was desirable. While Spotle was the final choice, other names like Staircastle, Staircasle, Maskle were in contention. Spotle was the best name we could think of. We do apologise to Spotle.io (do check out their game as well), as we only found your game after launching ours.
Why did we create Spotle?
Spotle came from a need to make Wordle harder. @kennyhaller and @michael.dicostanzo started hiding some of the letters in Wordle for their tiktok videos. Like most things online, if you do the same over and over, people will eventually lose interest to move to new shinier things, so the challenges were a way to attract and retain people. Eventually Kenny came up with the idea to ask/challenge Sven to see if he could make those challenges more than sticky notes on a screen.
How hard is Spotle?
Why do some masks look like figures?
While this sometimes happens by pure chance, other times it's intentional. Currently, Spotle games are divided in 4 categories: Monday to Friday, Symmetrical Saturday, Staircase Sunday and Special dates. On Monday to Friday the mask will be random (from a list of randomized numbers). Symmetrical Saturday uses that same list but makes sure the figure is symmetrical. On Sundays we use a special list to make sure the mask looks like a staircase. The special days can be any important dates. More recently we had Christmas, Kenny's birthday, Taylor Swift's Birthday and a few more are planned for the future.
Has Spotle gone international?
Yes. Currently Spotle can be played in English and Portuguese, but the code is prepared for other languages to be easily added. We just need translations and a list of words. Feel free to use the Contact Us section if you want to help.
What's next for Spotle?
There's a few ideas for Spotle, but the main game is done. Perhaps a SpotleBot or Challenge Mode, where one would be able to send a URL to a friend for a little game. These ideas have no date set at this moment. If you do have other ideas, do reach out.