A SA Software developer has put together and hosted an Afrikaans version of word game sensation Wordle, which he has dubbed “Wortel”.
We are so excited! A South African Software developer Francois Botha has put together and hosted an Afrikaans version of word game sensation Wordle, which he has dubbed “Wortel”.
Wordle is a browser-based game that has taken the world by storm and been bought by the New York Times Company.
The game is a word guessing game based on the mechanics of the board game Mastermind.
Players have six chances to guess a five-letter word. The game indicates whether letters have been correctly guessed and whether letters are in the correct position.
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According to a report by MyBroadBand, Botha explained that he could get an Afrikaans translation of the game online reasonably quickly, thanks to an open-source project called React-Wordle.
Wortel’s code is hosted in Github, which automatically deploys any changes Botha pushes to where he hosts the game on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.
“While much of React-Wordle was coded by one person, it has since been handed over to others and is supported by a multitude of contributors,” Botha told MyBroadband.
The Wordle game, created by Josh Wardle, a Reddit engineer, was launched in October 2021. Wordle got a mention in The New York Times in November but got traction over December, and now, millions of social media users post their results daily while not giving away any clues.
In a Reddit post, Wardle said he wanted Wordle to feel like a croissant, a “delightful snack” that is enjoyed occasionally. This is explicitly why there’s only one puzzle per day. “Enjoyed too often,” he explained, “and they lose their charm.”
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