Wordle was everyone’s favorite word puzzle game for a brief period earlier this year, spawning countless clone games with twists on the main game. Spotify has now acquired one of the most popular clones: Heardle.
Heardle is a game where you are given the first second of a popular song, and if you can guess the song correctly, you win; if not, you have five more tries, with each try doubling the duration of the preview. It’s the same basic game as Wordle, where you have six tries to guess a random five-letter word, but with music segments instead of letters.
Spotify announced in a press release: “We see Heardle as more than just a trivia game – it’s also a tool for music discovery. Playing Heardle could help you rediscover old songs you might have thought you’d forgotten, discover amazing new artists, or finally put a title to that wordless tune you’ve had stuck in your head forever.”
The company says Heardle will remain free to access, though that’s not entirely true: the game is now region-locked in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Spotify plans to expand availability soon, but that’s already blocked many existing players.
The other main difference now is that a link to the guessed song on Spotify is available after the game is over. Spotify said: “Going forward, we are also planning to integrate Heardle and other interactive experiences more fully into Spotify to allow music lovers to connect more deeply with artists and challenge friends.”