App Dev Who Shamelessly Ripped Off Wordle Brags On Twitter And Is Viciously Roasted
It didn't take long for others to try and cash in on the simple format the game follows. The fact the game does not have an official app made it even more appealing as some not only copied the format of the game, but the name as well. One dev, Zach Shakked, launched "Wordle- The App" Monday on Apple's App Store. His app did go a bit beyond by offering five, six, and seven letter words, as well as a Pro version with unlimited play with a $29.99 yearly subscription after a 3-day free trial. Shakked took to Twitter and bragged about how many downloads the game was getting. It didn't take long for people to begin calling him out.
I love Wordle so much I decided to make my own Wordle app but with a twist! There's not just 5-letter words, but also 4, 6, and 7 letter words too! You can also play unlimited times if you're on the Pro version. https://t.co/eOkRovYSxN— Zach (@zachshakked) January 10, 2022
Shakked's version of the game could have been easily mistaken for the original. The word grid was nearly identical, and even followed the same color scheme. He also subtitled his version "Word Game Everyone's Playing." On Tuesday Shakked posted on his Twitter account that has since been made private, "This is absurd. 450 trials at 1am last night, now at 950 and getting a new ones every minute." He continued, "12K downloads, rank #28 word game, and #4 result for 'wordle' in the App Store. We're going to the f**king moon."
Shakked was not the only one trying to cash in on the viral success of Wordle. His version was one of at least six that launched in the App Store in the last eight days. One of the others was called "What Word - Wordle", and charged a $0.99 in-app purchase to remove ads. That one actually claimed to be the "No. 1 Word game" in screenshots in the App Store. The game was in fact ranked #7 according to its App Store listing. There are actually two games currently with the Wordle name still available, both of which predate Wardle's game.
People trying to cash in on games that go viral is nothing new. The action Apple took by removing the latest to do so with Wordle will in no way keep others from trying to come up with ways to cash in on the popular game in the future. Game developers have been sounding off about the practice for years, and will more than likely have to continue to do so.