A British app designer has released a “name that tune” musical version of the viral puzzle game Wordle.
Wordle, which only offers one puzzle a day to keep fans hooked, has amassed millions of players since going live last October.
It was created by New York-based Welsh software engineer Josh Wardle for his girlfriend Palak Shah, who loves puns.
The new game – which was created by an anonymous London app developer – has a similar concept to Wordle but instead of guessing letters, players guess the artist and song after hearing a short segment of a popular song.
Talk to Varietythe unnamed British man, who wishes to keep his identity anonymous, explained that he built Heardle in ‘one day’ in February for friends, adding: ‘From there it snowballed and went from something where I was killing time with friends to this bigger thing, it’s actually just me creating, organizing and running it all.
Just like Wordle, you can only play once per day.
An anonymous British app designer from London has launched a ‘name that tune’ musical version of the viral puzzle game Wordle (pictured)
The anonymous app developer explained that he was working for a start-up in December 2021 when they “ran out of money” and he lost his job.
Earlier this year, he said he got swept up in Wordle’s online craze and started sharing his score online with a group of friends.
After joking with a music journalist friend that he wanted to create his own version with music, he created the game and shared it with the group of eight.
He then launched the game on February 26 and said he now sees 2 million players using the site every day.
Social media users went wild over the app, which launched in February and boasts millions of players every day
The developed app explained that he chooses the song himself “semi-randomly” each day, as some tracks have intros that are better “suited” to the game than others.
He said, “So now it’s more organized, and I’m picking more popular songs and picking a bit to pick those songs with interesting and iconic intros.”
As the app grew in popularity, he used more current “modern” songs like Ariana Grande’s 7 Rings and Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody on the app.
He said he planned to keep Heardle free for players, but added that he wouldn’t mind selling the game in the future.
Players of the hugely popular online game Wordle have become furious after complaining that the game has become more difficult after it was transferred to The New York Times (NYT) (pictured)
Wordle (pictured on the original site), which only offers one puzzle a day to keep fans hooked, has amassed millions of players since going live last October – after being created by software engineer Welshman Josh Wardle for his girlfriend Palak Shah, who loves word puzzles
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The app developer added that he felt a certain level of pressure when selecting songs, adding: “Imagine you were a DJ for millions of people every day, but you were only allowed to play one song. only song…
“The feedback is usually generational, where younger people want more new songs, and older people want songs from their generation.
“I hope both sides can be open to music of all ages, that we all have fun, and that the music we use on Heardle of course evokes memories of a time you loved, but also opens you up to great artists you may not know.’
Josh Wardle, who lives in Brooklyn and graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006, created the game Wordle to play with partner Palak Shah earlier this year.
It has since gone wildly viral, leading Josh to sell it to The New York Times for over $1 million earlier this year.
After first playing the game with his girlfriend, he then shared it with his family on WhatsApp, where it proved so popular that he opened it up to the world. It now has more than 300,000 daily users.