Play This Retro ‘Wordle’ Replica For A Taste Of ’80s Computing – Review Geek



Chris Bradburne

One of the most interesting things about Wordle is its simplicity. The trending word game of 2022 could have existed at any point in computer history, even in the 1980s. Do not believe me? Retro developer Chris Bradburne successfully ported Wordle to the legendary BCC Micro, a classic computer best known for its use in British classrooms from the 80s.

The retro Wordle port works on old BBC Micro home computers, but you can too play it in the browser on modern hardware. It uses a slightly modified version of Wordle’s glossary and references a dictionary of over 12,000 words to check all your guesses.

Interestingly, the Wordle port allows you to play as many games as you want. It also records all your stats, although these stats disappear when you close the game. That’s a limitation of the 80s, I think.

It’s worth noting that there’s still no official Wordle app, as founder Josh Wardle has no interest in tarnishing his “labor of love.” However, you can add Wordle website to your smartphone home screen and there are several Wordle alternatives with real apps.

You can play Bradburne’s Wordle port in your browser (or download the game for a BBC Micro) from the BBC Micro Games Archive. If you want to know more about the harbor go to Chris Bradburne’s thread on stardot.

Source: Chris Bradburne through TechRadar



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