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There’s a new Wordle-like guessing game for art lovers called Artle

By Kara Santos Published Jun 06, 2022 11:02 am

Still can’t get enough of Wordle?

The free online game that gives players six chances to guess a five-letter word of the day is still going strong, and its viral popularity has spawned a whole slew of similar guessing games. There are multi-tasking word guessing game variants like Quordle and Octordle, pop culture-themed ones aimed for Swifties (Taylordle), Pokemon enthusiasts (Squirdle), movie buffs (Framed), and even a Filipino version called Saltong.

Here’s something new for art history majors and enthusiasts. 

In case you missed it, The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. has jumped on the bandwagon with Artle, where players get four attempts to correctly identify an artist by examining four of their pieces, drawn from its vast collection of paintings, photographs, sculptures and other works.

The Gallery provides some clues for every guess, which is badly needed as there are currently 15,952 artists featured in the National Gallery of Art’s extensive collection.

“Each guess must be a valid artist's name. Type an artist's name in the search field and click submit. A red 'X' denotes an incorrect answer. After an incorrect guess, you will get different work of art to help you guess,” reads the game’s description.

According to the National Gallery of Art, a new Artle game will be available each day.

Like Wordle and all its variants, a button provides a link to share your impressive knowledge of art history on social media after you’ve completed your daily artwork guessing game. Return visitors can keep track of their stats in the upper right hand corner.

For those who miss visiting museums and art galleries, the unique guessing game offers a free opportunity to increase your knowledge and get a dose of art online daily in a fun way. 

However, the game is way tougher than Wordle, and nothing beats the original for gaming wordsmiths.

In related news, the New York Times Games just announced via social media that game creator Josh Wardle's website will no longer host a playable version of Wardle's original Wordle, which will be fully migrating to the New York Times' own page starting this Thursday, June 9, 2022.

Earlier this year, the New York Times acquired Wordle for an undisclosed seven-figure amount, promising that Wordle would "initially remain free." No updates have been given whether this change will result in Wordle eventually having a paywall down the line. 

For those who are worried about maintaining their original Wordle streak once the original link expires, it’s still possible to move or recover your original Wordle statistics and port it over to the New York Times site thanks to an online tool created by tech writer Seth Michael Larson. Be sure to port your site information and keep streaks going once the switch officially happens later this week.