Spotify bought a clone of Wordle, you can play it for free

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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.”

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Heardle puzzle game

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