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The New Word Game That Wordle Fans Need To Download

Ever since "Wordle" exploded and got millions of people playing the daily word puzzle game others have tried to copy it. This resulted in tons of clones, including a multiplayer version. After The New York Times purchased "Wordle," some people began searching for other types of puzzle games to scratch that itch. Now a worthy successor to "Wordle" has come along, embracing the idea in its own unique way. That game is "Knotwords," a crossword-like puzzle offering where players must make a word in every line on the board.

While the concept may seem a bit confusing at first, the minimal design will quickly make sense once you see it in action. Each section gives players a selection of letters to use, so they must make sure that each connecting section results in a word in order to solve the puzzle. Instead of getting clues for the sections like a crossword, you only have a limited offering of letters to pick from. Here's the rundown on "Knotwords."

A simple word puzzle game available on mobile and PC

"Knotwords" is currently available for free (with in-app purchases) on iOS and Android. You can also buy it on Steam for $12. Zach Gage and Jack Schlesinger, who are best known for creating "Good Sudoku" and "Really Bad Chess," developed the entry. The iOS store page description boasts free daily puzzles with no ads, so the in-app purchases will likely get players additional puzzles each day. The Steam version allows you to complete as many puzzles as you want.

"Knotwords" has other limitations outside of the letters you are given. Some levels restrict the number of vowels that can appear in each row, adding another layer of challenge. The title has a limited number of reviews on Steam, but the feedback there is positive. "If you derive any pleasure from word and logic games such as wordle, wordscapes, crosswords or sudoku with words, look no further," one user wrote.

If you fell off the "Wordle" train after The New York Times picked it up and haven't found a new game, "Knotwords" is worth giving a look.