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Backspace deletes full guess
With this option enabled the backspace will delete not just the last letter in your current guess.
Use old keyboard style
How Squardle's keyboard used to look. Enable this option if you only want the keyboard to only have keys that are purple, light gray, and dark gray.
Show dark gray keyboard clues
Turn any letter that can't be placed in either direction for the next guess dark gray on the keyboard. This ignores fully solved words. So it will darken keys for letters that already appear in a fully solved word if your hints say that the letter can't go anywhere in the unsolved word you're currently guessing.
Show yellow, red, and orange keyboard clues
Display yellow and red keyboard keys for the row and column you're about to guess in next. Keys where the letter has a hint in that row or column that has more arrows than the number of solved such letters in that direction will turn yellow or red. Note that this means that already greened squares won't cause the key to be yellow or red, even if there are yellow or red hints. Keys that would be both yellow and red turn orange instead.
Colorblind friendly keyboard
Display arrows on the keyboard for yellow, red and orange keys. (Note that the keyboard will never display double or triple arrows.)
Enabling these options will cause these hints to be hidden as soon as they are placed on the board. You can still click on them to bring them back.
Green: Black: Repeated:
Auto-fade white hints
Enabling this option will cause white hints to fade (but still be visible) if you find, or have found, another colored hint for the same letter.
Use old version of share emoji
The new version shows how the grid looked after your first solved word and says how many guesses that took. Enable this option if you prefer to keep using the old share emoji that always shows how the board looked after you had guessed once in each row and column.
Disable instructions on startup (unless something's new)
Remove the startup instructions unless there's an update, and even then only show that page once.
You can still click here to manually go to the startup page.
Reset your stats and streaks for this language
Warning: This option can't be undone. This removes the stats and streaks as well as speedrun records. But it doesn't remove data about what boards you've played. If you just want to replay today's daily Squardle, consider opening an incognito window instead of deleting your cookies.
Change dictionary language
Note that the game interface and full rules are not yet translated from English, so only the boards generated and the allowed guesses will change.
Before sending bug reports related guesses or answers with repeated letters, first read the FAQ about how double and triple arrows are supposed to work.
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(A longer version of this text with more details than you likely need can be read here.)
I hope all of you got to play the surprise board for April Fools' Day, and that it didn't mess up you plans for the day too much by taking quite a bit longer than usual to solve. If you missed it, on public demand there's now a link to still play it: https://fubargames.se/squardle/af2023.html. (If you know what should happen: Make your first guess before you assume that it's not working.)
I need to say a huge "Thank you!" to all my Patreon supporters! Without them this wouldn't have happened, as getting the whole update to work took me some significant time and effort.
While I do love a high effort April Fools' joke, I hope to be able to use the work I put into this for a little more than just a single day. So my next big project for Squardle will be to make 7x7 boards into a new game mode! The planned title for that mode is "Squardle XXL". Why the extra X? It's because "Squardle XL" will be the other new mode that has a 6x6 boards!
There are quite a few things* that need to be solved before this can happen though, so don't expect these new game modes to be released all that soon! One of those things is something you can help me with right now: Selecting which 6- and 7-letter words you consider to be well-known enough to be allowed to show up as answers. To do this make sure your browser is not blocking Google Analytics (i.e. disable any adblocker) and then go to my word sorter page and sort some batches of words from most well-know to least well known. The word sorter's currently set to default to sorting English words with other lengths than 5 letters*.
I tested the April Fools' board as much as I reasonably could, with the help of just a few friends and almost miraculously no major bugs showed up*. Normally I would have asked my Patreon supporters for help with the testing, but I wanted them to get the surprise as well! Plus I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to meet the deadline of April 1st, and I really didn't want to get anyone's hopes up for something that might not happen. But for Squardle XL and XXL, my Patreon supporters from the $5/month tier and up will get early access to the latest (non-stable) builds. That way as many bugs as possible can be caught before the new game modes are released for real, and I will likely get feedback that I currently don't know that I really need before the full release. In the playtesting part we also need to figure out how many guesses the other board-sizes should start with to feel fair.
As always, thanks for playing Squardle!
*denotes parts of the text where there's more info in the longer version of this text.
Squardle is a Wordle variation where you solve a board of interlocking words in a 5x5 grid by guessing words and getting colored hints.
Green – This letter is in its correct square. A square that's solved stays green for the rest of the game.
Yellow, red, and orange – This letter is not in the guessed square, but it is in the same row, column, or both, as indicated by the arrow pairs on the hint.
White – This letter isn't in this row or column, but it appears somewhere else on the board.
Black – This letter doesn't appear on the board at all.
Multiple arrows – To get a hint with multiple arrow pairs, both the answer and the guess for that row or column have to include multiples of the letter. You always get the lowest number of arrows between those two, unless the square's green.
So for example, if the answer for a row is GEESE and you guess LEVEL in that row, the first E will be green and the second E will be a double-arrowed yellow. Note that it's not a triple-arrowed yellow, despite the answer having three Es, since the guess only placed two Es in the row.
Your guesses will go into both a row and a column. You don't get to pick where you enter your next guess, the game will automatically cycle through the rows and columns. But you can enter notes in blue circles to remember what letter you want to try in a square on a later guess by clicking on a square and typing in the letter.
You start with 10 guesses and can earn up to 5 bonus guesses by solving words. Solving the 6th and final word wins the game!
If you want to see the quick version of the rules that shows on startup, click here.
WHAT IS THIS?
Squardle is a word game based on the viral hit game Wordle by Josh Wardle. If you somehow have found your way here without knowing what Wordle is, you can play it here , and I recommend doing so before trying out Squardle.
Squardle is a 2D Wordle variant, "Squared Wordle" if you will.
ISN'T WORDLE ALREADY IN 2D?
OK, sure. But in Squardle the goal of the game is to figure out a 5x5 grid with six words in it.
HOW DO I PLAY?
To play, type a five-letter word in English and press enter. You can use either the keyboard on your screen, or a physical keyboard if you're playing on a computer. Your typed guess will appear in both a row and a column, and each filled square will get a clue. The clues come in the form of colored squares. See below for their meanings.
You get 10 guesses to start with. The first five words you solve all the squares for give you one bonus guess each. Solving all six words wins you the game! Note that you don't have to use a guess on the specific word for it to be considered solved, making all of its letters green at any point during the game is enough to get the bonus guess.
To the left is a screenshot from a game that's nearly over. On that board it looks like the final guess should be CUBIC to turn the remaining two gray squares green and win!
HOW DO I CHANGE WHERE I ENTER MY GUESS?
You don't. The rows and columns will be cycled through, each guess moving the next guess to the next row and column. If you've already found all green letters for both that row and column it will skip over them for the rest of the game. The two arrows outside the grid indicate where your next guess will be entered.
Additionally, in the game mode Weekly Squardle, if you only have non-green letters in a single row or column you will only ever have to guess there. This way you don't risk having your great start be ruined by having to guess the remaining word a single square at time.
WAIT, WHAT'S WEEKLY SQUARDLE?
It's an (even) harder game mode for Squardle that has a single board released each Sunday. I strongly advise learning how to play normal Squardle before attempting it.
If you already know how to play normal Squardle you can click here to see all the rule changes Weekly Squardle brings. Weekly Squardle has the following rules changes:
● The four holes on the board are gone. This means that there are 10 words to solve and 8 bonus guesses to get. (A final winning guess always solves at least a row and a column, so those don't generate bonus guesses.)
● Weekly Squardle in English uses an expanded word list of possible answers. Otherwise there simply aren't enough legal boards! All answers are of course still English words that would be legal in Scrabble; they're just picked from a slightly longer list than Wordle's original list of answers that the normal Squardle boards use.
● The cycling through where to enter the next guess is slightly kinder: If only a single row or column has multiple unsolved letters in it, you will always get to guess there. In other words, if the board could be solved by guessing a single word, you will get to guess that word rather than (sometimes) having to guess the letters in that word one at a time.
OK, SO WHAT DO THE COLORED SQUARES WITH LETTERS MEAN?
Green – This letter is in the correct square. Finding a green square permanently turns the big square green as well. The goal of the game is to make all 21 squares in the grid green before you run out of guesses.
Yellow – This letter is in the correct row, but not in the correct square. The number of pairs of arrows mean that there are at least that many of the letter in this row. Note that this includes letters in green clues. This is different from how Wordle works, so in Squardle getting a single arrow yellow clue and a green clue with the same letter doesn't mean that there's two of that letter in the row. Also not that to get a double or triple arrowed clue you will also need to have guessed a word that places two or three of that letter in that row, it's not enough that the answer has multiples!Any yellow clue means that the letter doesn't appear anywhere in its column.
Red – This letter is in the correct column, but not in the correct square. The number of pairs of arrows on the clue mean that there are at least that many of the letter in this column. Again, including green square with the letter that's in the column. To get multi-arrow clues, you need to guess a word that places repeated letters in its column to be able to get them.Any red clue also means that the letter doesn't appear anywhere in its row.
Orange – Orange squares are the ones that would be both yellow and red. So this letter appears both in the row and in the column, but not in this square. As with yellow and red clues, the number of pairs of arrows pointing towards the row or column indicate that there are at least this many of the orange clue's letter in the row or column.
White – This letter appears somewhere in the solved grid, but not in this row or column.
Black – This letter doesn't appear at all in the solved grid.
WHY DIDN'T I GET A DOUBLE ARROW? WHEN I LOOKED AT THE SOLUTION THE WORD HAD TWO OF A LETTER THAT I GOT A SINGLE ARROW CLUE FOR!
To get a double or triple arrow clue for a letter you must also make a guess that puts 2 or 3 copies of that letter in that row or column. The number of arrow pairs pointing in opposite directions on the clue always indicate that there are at least that many of that letter in that row or column. It doesn't say that there can't be more. So just like Wordle won't tell you that there should be more copies of a letter that you only guessed a single copy of, Squardle won't either.
This means that it's possible for a single square in Squardle to have clues for the same letter and of the same color, but with a different number of arrows in the clues; you just had a different number of that letter in the guesses that gave you those clues.
Also note that the guess with multiples of a letter has to be made in the row or column that has multiples of that letter for you to get a hint with a double arrow. So it's not enough that only one of the repeated letters are in the row or column where the answer has two of that letter.
I understand that this rule is a bit confusing at first. But the alternative I tried first, where the clues for a row or column were more analogous to how it works in Wordle, proved to be even more confusing.
I JUST WANT TO IGNORE SOME CLUES THAT ARE NO LONGER HELPFUL! CAN I GET SOME HELP WITH IGNORING THEM?
Sure! Click any small clue to fade it out slightly. Click it again to hide the letter completely and shrink to a smaller square of its color. Click it a third time to bring it back up to full visibility.
In the example below, the yellow S clues have been faded out by the player to mark them as "found" as a green S in the row is located. The white C clue has also been faded out, presumably because a green C was found elsewhere in the grid. The player will want to be able to see the faded clues though, as they tell them about letters that can't go in those columns and, for the C, row.
The green S clue and two black clues have been minimized to avoid screen clutter. The player will have to rely on the colors on the keyboard to see what letters have turned black.
There are also some options on the settings page to automatically hide or fade different types of hints.
WHAT DO THE KEYBOARD'S COLORS MEAN?
By background color of the letter key:
Purple – This letter hasn't been guessed during this game.
Black – This letter has gotten at least one black clue on the board. As such it won't appear anywhere in the solved grid.
Dark gray – Based on the hints on the board, this letter can neither be in the row nor column you're currently guessing. If you've already solved either the row or the column where you're guessing, letters that can't appear in the unsolved word will turn gray even if the solved word has that letter in green.
Yellow – Based on the hints on the board, at least one copy of this letter still needs to be found in the row. That is, if the max number of horizontal arrows on a hint you've found in this row is higher than the number of green squares for that letter, the key for that letter turns yellow.
Red – Based on the hints on the board, at least one copy of this letter still needs to be found in the column.
Orange – Based on the hints on the board, at least one copy of this letter still needs to be found in both the row and the column.
White – This letter doesn't fit any of the situations above. This means that the letter could go in the row and/or the column you're currently guessing, but there's no clue directly indicating that it must go there.
I PREFER THE OLD KEYBOARD, CAN YOU CHANGE IT BACK?
You can change it back yourself: There's already a setting that lets you play with the old keyboard. You can also disable only the dark gray keys or disable the combo of yellow, red, and orange keys.
If the new color keys lack of arrows cause issues for you, either because you're color blind or because you don't want to have to remember what color means what direction, there's also an option to show the arrows on yellow, red, and orange keyboard keys.
WHY DOESN'T THE KEYBOARD SHOW GREEN LETTERS?
When asking for feedback trying to figure out how the colorful keyboard should function it became clear that players I asked had many different ideas for what felt intuitive to them for when exactly a key should become green. So any choice I made it would likely confuse a large portion of the players.
WHAT IF I KNOW WHAT LETTER A SQUARE SHOULD BE BUT IT'S NOT TIME TO ENTER A GUESS THERE YET?
That sounds like a great time to use the note tool. Click on any unsolved square to go into note taking mode. The square will get a blue circle and your keyboard will turn blue. Type the letter you want to remember for the square to finish the note. If you don't want to make a note, your can cancel editing it by clicking anywhere on the board. To remove or change a note, click it and use Backspace or press another letter instead. Notes will stay on the board until your solve their square or remove them.
BUT WHAT IF I'M NOT SURE ABOUT A SQUARE AND WANT TO MARK IT AS A GUESS?
Then make a note as described above but click the square with the note twice instead of once. Notes that are marked as guesses get a thick unfilled blue circle instead of the filled circle. You can also click an already made note twice to toggle the note's type between "certain" and "guess".
WAIT A MINUTE, WHO ARE YOU?
My name is Pelle or FurbyFubar on most places on the web. I run fubargames.se as a place to stick any game or puzzle related projects that I want to show off to the world.
ARE YOU ASSOCIATED WITH WORDLE?
Nope, I'm just a fan of the game.
ARE YOU ASSOCIATED WITH THE NEW YORK TIMES?
No. Also, I'm holding out for the Microsoft acquisition.
WHY DOES THIS GAME EXIST?
Because I had the idea. I thought the quickest way of getting it to stop taking up space in my head was to make it a reality, thus subjecting you to it. Now that I have poured several hundred hours into fixing bugs and adding features to Squardle I not longer think that making it was the quickest way to get rid of the idea. If anything, Squardle is more and more been taking over my life!
This is in no way a complaint by the way! Having lots of people play and care about the games I make is all I ever wanted with my game design.
I GOT THIS REALLY OBSCURE WORD IN MY GRID!
WHY DON'T YOU REMOVE THOSE?
Daily and Freeplay Squardle currently uses the same word lists for possible answers and allowed guesses as the original Wordle did. The list of possible answers is shorter than the list of allowed guesses specifically to remove the most obscure words. So please don't blame me for the answers list including words like SYNOD and OVATE.
That said, for Weekly Squardle I have had to expand the word. To still not be put in a position where I had to pick what words are considered the most well-known I coded up this word sorter . So the words in Weekly Squardle were in effect voted on by the users of that site. If you want to help out for future updates you can drag the most common words to the top and place any word you didn't know was a word below the red line. Make sure you're not blocking Google Analytics or your sortings won't be recorded.
WHY DOES THE SHARE FUNCTION SHOW MY GAME AFTER MY FIRST CORRECT GUESS WHEN I WIN? I SOLVED ALL THE SQUARES!
Because having every winning shared board be the same 21 green squares felt boring. Making it more colorful and actually containing some info about your game seemed like a good idea to make anyone seeing the squares more interested in trying the game out themselves.
CAN I PLACE SQUARDLE ON THE HOME SCREEN OF MY PHONE?
Sure, it'll even get its own snazzy icon! First make sure your address bar doesn't have a board code at the end. If it does, go to https://fubargames.se/squardle/ instead. That way you're not bookmarking the link to a specific board.
On Android phones or tablets: If your home screen's locked you need to first unlock it: Long press the home screen > Settings > Toggle "Lock Home screen" off. Then, if your standard browser is Samsung Internet or Chrome, tap the three dots icon in the top right corner, then select the option "Add to Home Screen". If you don't see such an option it's probably because you're on the page in some other app, like Facebook or Twitter. Then instead tap the three dots icon (or however the menu button looks in the app you're using) and select the option "Open in [whatever browser you've set as your default]". If that browser's Samsung Internet or Chrome, just follow the steps above. If not, then I'm going to hope you're tech savvy enough to figure this out yourself? If not, become a more tech savvy person by typing "[browser name] add web page to home screen" into Google.
On an iPhone or iPad: Tap the icon with a right-pointing arrow coming out of a box along the top of the Safari window to open a drop-down menu. Then select "Add to Home Screen". (At least that's the instructions I found by Googling.)
I PLAY SQUARDLE ON MULTIPLE DEVICES. IS THERE ANY WAY TO KEEP ONE SET OF STATS BETWEEN THEM?
SO THERE'S NO WAY TO TRANSFER MY STATS TO A NEW PHONE OR COMPUTER? (I'M GOING TO STOP PLAYING ON MY OLD DEVICE.)
This is an issue that I do have at least sort an ugly solution to. If you contact me I have a manual way for a one time transfer where you send me your cookie data from your old device and I set up an URL to visit on your new device to set a copy of those cookies on it. Note that this only helps you if you're going to stop playing on the old device after exporting the data.
WHERE CAN I CONTACT YOU, SEND BUG REPORTS, SUGGESTIONS OR KIND WORDS?
If it's a bug regarding double or triple arrows, first scroll up and read the section entitled "Why didn't I get a double arrow?".
To contact me, message @FubarGames on Twitter , /u/FurbyFubar on Reddit, FurbyFubar#5218 on Discord, message me on my Patreon or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the problem is something you can take a screenshot of, all the better!
YOU HAVE A PATREON?
Yep! My Patreon supporters are the reason this site is free from ads! Supporters from the $5/month tier and up get access to bonus weekly boards and some other perks. I also take donations through PayPal if that's more your jam, though that doesn't come with any other perks than my gratitude and a listing on the supporters page. Click the heart icon at the top right of the screen for more info about both my Patreon and PayPal!
IS THIS GAME, ITS GRAPHICS AND CODE © 2022 by FUBAR GAMES?
Yes. OK, strictly speaking that's not a frequently asked question, but I thought I should mention it.
THIS GAME MAKES MY BRAIN HURT!
That's not a question.
My Patreon supporters from the $5/month tier have access to bonus weekly Squardle boards in English. To start off, the bonus weekly boards will be slightly badly named as there will be two bonus boards every week until the number of released bonus boards match the number of the regular weekly Squardle boards. By 1st of February 2023 the numbers will sync up and the bonus weekly boards will become truly weekly and only release on Wednesdays.
Just like the regular weekly Squardle boards the bonus boards will be 5x5 grids without the four holes of daily of freeplay Squardle. Unlike the regular weekly boards, the bonus boards can be played at any time. So as a supporter you'll get access to all 32 of the bonus boards that have been released so far.
If you want to, you can replay bonus boards you've already played, though of course the results of replaying a board won't count towards your stats. The stats for bonus weekly boards are combined with the stats for your regular weekly boards.
The number of 5x5 weekly boards without holes that only use words in the word list of normally allowed answers is very limited, and the number of boards with the current extended word list for (non-bonus) weekly boards is still not all that long. As I really don't want a subscriber only feature to be taking away content from anyone else, the bonus boards will therefore always include at least some words that are either regular plurals and/or some other word the users of my word sorting site have deemed common enough to make the bonus list, yet not be so totally obscure as to feel unfair.
This change of word list could either make the boards easier since there will be an (almost) guaranteed S in the right column or bottom row, or much harder since there might be harder words lurking in the solution.
Due to the time consuming nature of setting up the extended word lists and calculating the 5x5 boards I currently don't have plans to add bonus boards for any other language than English. That said, if bonus boards in other languages this is something that would make you want to become a supporter: Let me know and we'll see what I can do!
Click here for information about how to become a Patreon supporter.
If you're already a Patreon supporter I should have already sent you your login information in a private message on Patreon. New patrons will get a message with their login information as quickly as I can after their first payment. But keep in mind that this is sadly not an automated process, so it won't happen the moment you sign up. On the other hand, once you have your login info you will be able to play all the bonus boards that have been released so far.