Squabble lets you beat other people on Wordle in real time

Exciting game board: I play wordle on a purple board on the left;  three other boards (where I can not see letters) are off to the right.  One is gray with a red X;  the person has lost.  The others are still playing.

Screenshot: Quarrel

Every time I think we’ve seen the last twist on Wordle, there comes another game that manipulates a variable that I did not even realize was missing. In this case, the new element is competition. Oh, and speed.

IN Quarrelyou are playing a Wordle-like game against others in real time. That setup is the same as always: green means that a letter is in the right place, yellow means that it is somewhere else in the word. Your guesses should all be dictionary words and you only get six of them.

What makes this interesting is the presence of a HP bar. If you are familiar with role-playing games that give you a health meter during matches, the same idea is true: You start with 100 hit points and you lose one point every second. While my first thought was, oh no i get hurt just by sitting here! I was able to calm down by remembering that I can just think of it as a 100-second timer.

But that, of course, is not all. When you guess right, green squares serve you gain health. And when your opponents guess right, they hurt you. If everyone is sitting there stunned,all watch your health meters tick down in chorus, bout as soon as anyone does a correct guess, their health goes up and yours goes down.

In Squabble, it does not matter if you run out of guesses on your board. If you still have HP, you’re still in the game and you’re moving on to the next word. You win by being the last to stand.

You can play with a “battle royale” game with up to 99 players or you can take sart in a “flash” game with five or fewer. Just click “find game” and wait for others to join, or share a lobby code if you want to play with a friend. I found that it takes a long time for the waiting room to fill up enough for a proper battle royale, but if you have a bunch of buddies who want to play with you, you can set up a decent size. play by sharing the code.

And then try to beat them. The words in Squabble are harder than in Vanilla Wordle; I got the gems like LIBER (a record book) and MUREX (a kind of snail). If you lose, you can choose to stay online as a spectator, and the game will eventually tell you what words you missed.