The Internet was shooketh earlier this year in January with the arrival of Wordle, a word guessing game that can only be played once a day, with a new word of the day every 24 hours.
Wordle extends players six chances to guess a five-letter word. The goal? Figure out the secret word with the fewest guesses possible. And, though not a requirement per the game, posting one’s results became akin to the “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” thought experiment; if you guess the word but don’t tweet or post your results on social media, did you even solve the word of the day?
Wordle became such a cultural phenomenon that it was purchased by The New York Times for what is rumored to be an ungodly amount of money!
Inevitably, Wordle knockoffs and copycats have littered the ‘net, though some are clever and entertaining if not unique in their piggybacking.
There’s Lewdle which is, as the name suggests, a lewd/NSFW version of Wordle. Then there’s Heardle, which is Wordle + Name That Tune. Instead of guessing a five-letter word, you’re given the first few seconds of a song and have to submit the name of the song title and artist.
There’s so much more out there, just about anything you can guess and slap a “dle” at the end probably exists.
But there’s one newbie on the block of this genre that piqued our interest because it’s food-related and educational! Meet Phoodle, where, like Wordle, the daily challenge gives players six guesses to guess a five-letter word.
However, what sets Phoodle apart is that the word will always be food-related and when guessed correctly, the player receives a fact related to that word. Phoodle also gives players a surprise weekly recipe.
Phoodle is the brainchild of cookbook author Julie Loria, of “The Game of Eating Smart: Nourishing Recipes for Peak Performance Inspired by MLB Superstars: A Cookbook” and “Diamond Dishes: From the Kitchens of Baseball’s Biggest Stars”.
You can play Phoodle on your desktop browser or mobile for free on phoodle.net.
I’ll be sure to post my daily word solve because as we’ve learned if I don’t, did I really solve the Phoodle?