Waffle is Wordle combined with crosswords. Alternatives to Wordle are numerous due to their popularity daily. Add another word game to the mix.
Waffle is the latest in a long line of Wordle opponents to keep your eye on during your break, but it's honestly one of the strongest I've played. Waffle combines the basic rules of Wordle (right down to the green and yellow codes) with the interlocking words.
How to play?
Instead of presenting you with a blank canvas and leaving the input of letters to you, Waffle starts with a grid full of possible letters with a combination of true and false positions. There are six five-letter words arranged on a waffle grid. You have to arrange the letters into the correct words, horizontally and vertically. Drag the letters anywhere on the board. The letters will change color to show whether they are in the correct position.
The color of each cell represents their relationship to the last row of the grid:
.The dark brown lettering exactly matches the last row.
.The yellow text is in the last row, but in another column.
.Gray letters are absent in the last row.
.For repeated letters, only the appropriate number of cells will be colored, in order of exact match, then left to right.
Trial and error will definitely get you there in the end, but you only get 15 moves and every puzzle can be solved in just ten. The closer you get to that perfect theory game, the more stars you'll get – and it's not as easy as you might imagine.
While I tried first with two fallbacks, that only rewarded me with two stars for my performance. It's a smart turn that makes you determined to play tomorrow – not just to thrill in a long streak, but to prove that you can improve and one day hit a phenomenal five-star performance. That magic!
Features of the game
Another nice twist: once your grid is complete, the area below the game board will fill up with a dictionary list for each word in that day's puzzle. So if you are not sure that something like "ERROR" is a word, you will not only get the definition but also the pronunciation key.
What I like about Waffle is that while Wordle's DNA is still visible, Waffle is a game of its own. Many copies of Wordle have sprouted up, keeping the same basic formula to their detriment. Not so here, where the gameplay is completely different, even when the color schemes and daily loops are repeated.
Does that mean it can take a place of pride alongside the likes of Heardle, Worldle, Who Are Ya? and Framed are games that match the original, but make you think in a different way. I highly recommend doing a partial Waffle on your next coffee break. And the one after that.