Spellie is 1 Year Old

1 year ago, David Hirtle and I launched Spellie, a kids’ version of Wordle. It took off faster than I could have imagined.

In the past year:

  • πŸŽ‰ more than 6.1 million Spellie puzzles have been solved by children and adults worldwide
  • πŸ˜… 44% of games completed are easy, 31% are medium, and 25% are hard
  • πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ 2.8 million hints were shown
  • The most popular emojis to unlock were: 🍎 🐈 πŸŽ‚ 🏠 ⚾️ 🐩 🐠 🚀 ⭐️ πŸ› πŸ’©
  • The rarest emojis were: πŸ₯Ÿ πŸ§• πŸͺ˜ 🧫 πŸ‘˜ πŸ•΅οΈ πŸ’Ά πŸ‘©β€πŸ”§ πŸͺ” πŸ•Œ

New Features

To celebrate the 1st anniversary, I recently added some new features (full release notes).

Consistent Puzzle Lengths

From now on, all easy puzzles will be 4 letters long, medium puzzles will be 5 letters, and hard puzzles will be 6 letters long. This was the case for most puzzles before, but sometimes trickier words were categorized up a difficulty level. Now they’ll be consistent and predictable word lengths.

Holiday Puzzles

Spellie has always had thematic puzzles on special days, but I had to manually shuffle words around. Now it is all programmatic and will scale infinitely into the future without any tweaking from me.

The Archive

One of the most requested features from parents and teachers is the ability to do more than 3 puzzles daily. Now you can go back and work on old puzzles you might have missed.

If you’re looking for a challenge, these are the 5 most difficult puzzles historically, with success rates under 60%:

Stories From Teachers And Parents

We continue to hear heartwarming stories from parents and teachers.

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