You have to be a real sick to want Wordle superiority. This is a browser game that arrived under cover of darkness, laden with no prestige leagues or microtransaction-laden progression systems, completely immune to any necrotic mobile gaming propensity that has gripped the industry since the invention of the iPhone.
In fact, you could read Wordle as an excuse for the worrying direction computer games, as a whole has moved towards over the last decade. But sadly, you and I are just mortal, and when the seductive six-step grid pops up on your screen every morning, we can not help but give in to our most ferocious baronial instincts. “Man, what if I was the best in Wordle? “
I will not spend much time explaining what Wordle is, for at this point I feel that the terrain has been well covered by all media devices on the Internet (including PC Gamer.) But here, the basics. You have six guesses to identify a five-letter word. With each guess you will be informed if the included letters appear in the word, (where they turn yellow,) appear in the word and are locked in the correct place (where they turn green) or do not appear at all (where they turn gray). It sounds simple, and it is. As author Jeremy Gordon noted, part of the appeal is that no one has to struggle with the exhausting nonsense of the English degree charged by the perverts who design crossword puzzles. Spend 15 minutes, try to figure out if it’s RUN or DRINK, and get started with the rest of the day.
Of course, the relative simplicity of Wordle’s design makes everyone with the esports gene wonder if it could be fundamentally solved by using the almighty power of the algorithm. I was curious as to what it would take for me to optimize my game and whether I could get some advice from The Machines, so I contacted Matt “noblord” Koutsousis, a part-time Hearthstone professional and full-time mad scientist who has broken Wordles Tao down to a molecular level. (Seriously, just look by some of these tweets. The man is outside The Matrix.)
He tells me that the ideal, mathematically sound method to maximize your chances of a correct solution is to create an environment where there is an even distribution of potential solution combinations. So, for example, when you start by guessing TRACE – which Koutsousis says is one of the best opening games for any Wordle aspirant – there will be relatively equal odds that the player will end up with four letters in the right place or no letters matched at all. It’s like card counting at a casino; Throw a wide enough net to even out the odds as much as possible.
“When you think about what letters are left, try to guess the consequences of figuring out letters with your guess,” says Koutsousis. “In the TRACE example, if the sequence was gray, yellow, gray, gray, yellow, then” R “and” E “are yellow, I would probably choose a word like LEMUR because the final position of” R “is quite common and learning that the word ends in “ER” is not so much different from learning that it ends in “R.” So trying “E” in the second position is probably more useful than trying it in the fourth position.
One of the most startling theories Koutsousis came up with is the idea that he sometimes thinks it’s better to remove letters altogether instead of locking them inside with green. “A good example of this is words that end in ‘_ATCH’ – ‘BATCH’, ‘CATCH’, ‘HATCH’ and so on,” he explains. “Even if you know it ends in” _ATCH “, you still need to find out if it starts with ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘H’, ‘L’, ‘M’, ‘P’ or ‘ W ‘It may require three guesses in the worst case. ”
The idea of specifically answering Wordle to eliminate high-frequency letters instead of deriving the solution brings to mind the wild strategies endorsed by the most insane autochess freaks – especially when they start talking about “loss-streaking”. But Koutsousis’ logic is sound. Throwing out an “S” and a “T” is probably more valuable than patching a “V”.
Of course, Hearthstone professionals are not the only ones putting Wordle under the microscope. Matt Rickard, a former Google engineer, set up his own blog post where he discussed the nuances of our ubiquitous mind-melting pun. (His conclusion? The best possible initial guess is “SOARE”, a word I’ve never heard of in my life.) He figured this out by testing each five-word guessing word against each five-letter Wordle solution, which determined how many responses were eliminated on average per You can count Rickard among those who believe that Wordle can be solved as a science, rather than an art.
“By using the greedy algorithm – the word that eliminates the most solutions – you can always solve the game in easy mode in less than 6 rounds,” he says. “The same strategy wins most games, but must solve a few edge cases so as not to get stuck on a few words. Getting 4/5 letters right in ‘S_ORE’ requires five extra guesses in the worst case, as you will have to guess ‘SHOP’, ‘SPORE’, ‘SNORE’, ‘SCORE’ and ‘SHORE’ one at a time. ” So more or less the same strategy that Koutsousis brings to the table. Both will soon be escorted out by the Wordle pit bosses.
But honestly, I think the magic of Wordle is its ability to be twisted upside down like a chess match. Word games are often popularized by the most annoying people on Earth; I literally felt like throwing my computer out the window when the New York Times served me some overworked smart porn gag in Sunday’s crossword puzzle. So I think Wordle represents a chance for the left-leaning Arbiters Of Logic to thrive in the green, nymph-like liberal arts sector. A kind of whim. “I’m usually awful at word games, but this one seemed more like a programming puzzle,” Rickard mentions. Personally, I welcome the engineers of the engineering department to this morpheme experiment. Finally, a clash between the Titans.