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12 Fun Word Games To Try Now That You’re Obsessed With Wordle

Elaine Selna
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The internet has a new obsession these days (and no, it's not new ways to bake sourdough bread). It's Wordle, the popular daily online word game that has seemingly taken the world by storm. Whether you’ve been completing The New York Times crossword puzzle since you could pick up a pencil or you’re just starting to dip your toes into the world of word games, Wordle is a must-try if you're trying to get better at anagrams.

The puzzle gives you six chances to figure out that day’s word. Letters will turn grey if they aren’t in the mystery word, yellow if they’re the correct letter in the wrong place, and green if they’re the right letter in the correct spot. While there are certain tips and tricks you can try to get better at it, there's one major downside to falling in love with this clever game: You can only play it once a day. If once isn't enough for you and you're eager to find new opportunities to play around with letters, check out these 12 word games below that are fun enough to satisfy any logophile.

1. Boggle; $10

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Boggle is a classic game that puts your skill and speed to the test when it comes to creating new words. Once it's your turn, just shake the container to mix up the letter cubes, flip the hourglass over, and start building words as fast as you can—you only have 90 seconds to beat your opponents.

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2. A Little Wordy; $15

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Created by the Exploding Kittens team, A Little Wordy is a two-player anagram and guessing game mixed into one. To start, you and your competitor will each get a group of letter tiles that you’ll rearrange into words. Once you have, write them down on a piece of paper (but don't show your opponent). You’ll then use the clue cards to guess your foe’s hidden words, and vice versa.

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3. Wordplay; $28

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Wordplay is a game the whole family can enjoy. While playing it, you'll use the enclosed board with a spinner in the middle to determine the round’s first letter, an additional letter, and the category. So for example, you could end up with P as your first letter, S as your other letter, and the Eiffel Tower symbol (which means “places”) as your category. From there, you’ll try to create three words based on this information to gain the most points in the end. Even if you can’t think of words in the category, you can still win points if your terms use the two letters provided.

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4. Bananagrams; $14

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Another classic word game that couldn’t be left out has to be Bananagrams. The banana-shaped pouch holds 144 tiles and is excellent for traveling because it doesn’t require a board. The game is simple: Once you pick your letter tiles, try to create words that intersect like a crossword puzzle as fast as you can.

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5. Quiddler; $13

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This fast-paced anagram card game will have you thinking in a whole new way. Quiddler tests your anagram skills through multiple rounds, starting with three cards up to 10 in the end. During each round, you’ll create at least three words that use only three letters—like “cat,” “and,” and “zoo”—to see who can finish first. With each turn, you’ll start with a fresh set of cards, adding one extra than the previous round. You can even get bonus points for the most words and the longest word created.

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6. Magnetic Hangman; $13

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Anyone who remembers spending time indoors during school recess on rainy days will recall playing a game of Hangman. Much like Wordle, Hangman tells you how many spaces are in the word you’re trying to guess and you find out the correct letter through a process of elimination. This magnetic version is ideal for when you need to pass the time, like during long car rides, on lunch break, or when you're stuck sitting in a waiting room.

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7. The Daily Jumble 2022 Boxed Daily Calendar; $16

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In addition to testing your skills daily with Wordle, consider working The Daily Jumble into your morning routine. This boxed daily calendar offers you four words to unscramble every day, with some mystery letters circled, to be used to "complete" the cartoon on the side of each sheet.

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8. Scrabble; $19

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Although chances are you've played it before, Scrabble is the ultimate word game and a must-try for Wordle lovers. Invented by New York City architect Alfred Mosher Butts in 1933, the game was initially called Lexico and then Criss-Cross Words until finally, Butts’s business partner suggested Scrabble. This game comes with a board, 100 wooden letter tiles, and four tile racks so you (and up to three other friends) can put your wordsmith skills to the test.

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9. Word Spin; $18

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If you want even more letters to choose from when you're playing a word game, Word Spin will be right up your alley. This unique brainteaser includes a hand-held device with eight magnetic wheels and 10 letters on each wheel; you can rearrange, mix, and break it apart to create new words that are better than your opponent’s creations.

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10. Dabble; $30

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Like Wordle, Dabble gives you a letter count that you need to fulfill in order to complete the game. Something that sets it apart is that this game gives you 20 tiles and five minutes to create five words of varying lengths. Each player gets a stand to place and rearrange their letter tiles while playing the game. The first person to complete it all wins. The game even comes with Spanish letter tiles such as “ñ,” so you can play in two languages.

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11. Scattergories; $11

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Like Scrabble, Scattergories is a popular word and category game that couldn’t be left out. Each round starts with choosing a list of categories and rolling the 20-sided die to determine which starting letter you’ll have to use for your answers. Play as an individual or in teams, but know that you’ll have to finish your 12 words before the timer runs out. This game is perfect for quick-thinkers, families, and friends who don’t mind healthy competition.

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12. Upwords; $20

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Imagine if you could play Scrabble, but instead of leaving words as they're placed down on the board, you could stack a letter tile on top of the ones already there to create a whole new term. That's essentially how Upwords works. Each of the two to four players starts with seven letter tiles and begins to make new words on the board, which spins like a lazy Susan. As the game progresses, you can change someone's existing word by adding a tile on top of one of the letters and gaining more points as you stack.

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