Are you too good at Wordle? Of course you are. Know all strategies: which words to guess first, which vowels to try from the beginning. You’re probably sick of embarrassing everyone on Twitter with all your green squares. If Wordle feels too easy these days, you might want to try its twisted cousin, Absurd.
Developed by qntm, the game follows most of the same rules as Wordle. You guess a five-letter word; if you see a green square over a letter, you have the correct letter in the correct place; if you see a yellow square, you have a correct letter in an incorrect space; and if you see a gray square, that letter is not in the word at all.
In Wordle, you have six chances to hit the word. Absurdle, however, gives you unlimited attempts. Before you scoff, though, consider the other big difference between the two: every time you guess wrong in Absurdle, the puzzle solution changes.
But that is not all; Absurdle isn’t just choosing a word and seeing if it matches, it’s choosing as many words similar to your word as possible in an attempt to prolong your Absurdle game as long as possible. long as possible. If your initial guess was TALK, Absurdle will check every word in its database that doesn’t contain those letters, and that group of words will be your answer key. As such, it is impossible to guess the word on the first try. It is also impossible to guess the second. According to qntm, the shortest possible Absurdle game is four turns.
What you’re really trying to do is corner the game; once it is impossible for there to be any unique words that do not contain any of the letters you guessed, you will start to see yellow and green squares in your guesses. Absurdle will still change the possible words, but that pool gets smaller and smaller as you continue to guess. Eventually there will only be one possible word left depending on how the game has progressed and it will essentially revert back to normal Wordle.
One key thing to remember about Absurdle is that it is completely deterministic. Unlike Wordle, which has a fixed answer that changes from day to day, using the same guesses in Absurdle will always result in the same result. The game is designed that way, as there is no “answer” from the start.
If these rules sound a bit confusing, don’t worry; qntm has an extended explainer about how it all works. However, the best way to understand Absurdle is to play it.