I, like millions of others, decided to hop on the Wordle hype train a few weeks back. Seeing people I know post green, red, and gray collages on Twitter somehow got me into the browser game getting caught up in – wait, no – bankrupt became mainstream with just five letters a day.
It even drew me into the vast world of Wordle spinoffs! Hours and hours of being dropped into the ever-growing category of brain-damaging games that test my knowledge of geography, math equations, Pokemon, and pro cyclists. Never has my brain felt so smooth and uncluttered. While there’s a lot of short-term pleasure from these adorable alternatives, the classic Wordle has pulled me back to being like I’m Michael Corleone, almost out of the damn thing.
My love-hate relationship with Wordle brought my attention to the New York Times online game selection, the upcoming new home of internet jugglers. I didn’t even know they had a game section! Hoping to stay one step ahead of Wordle, I scoured around the pre-existing choice to see if there was anything else that would distract me from my traditional morning Twitter routine. If only I knew that I would trade something short and sweet for something much worse.
I traded new hotness for the crossword puzzle. I’m officially getting older, but it’s not my fault! Crossowrd is right there, right in the middle when you log into the site for the first time. Sure, you need to sign up, but it’s like five parts a month. Once you’ve joined, it’s all laid out perfectly in front of you, with a large square on the left along with columns of clues clearly visible to the right. I think; “I write words all the time, can I figure this out?” Thirty minutes passed before I realized my status – refused to take a clue or verify anything before I was done, didn’t shower and get dressed a few seconds before work started.
If you can believe it, things actually get worse. As I complete a crossword (perfect, I might add), I find that a full archive of crosswords is at my fingertips, written by smart people like Byron Walden. If you’re reading this Byron, I don’t care that you’re a successful and reputable crossword creator: you ruined my unproductive mornings and forced me to search for hair loss treatments. many years ahead of time.
If you like other browser games that don’t suck your youth like Crossword, there are some lovely games also on the NYT site like Tiles. I love bricks! A mellow title that you simply stitch together photos. It even has a zen mode, for those looking for a relaxing pastime. For me, I’ve somehow found myself in an abyss surrounded by two equally addicted time vampires – whether I can escape or not remains to be seen.
https://www.vg247.com/wordle-crossword Wordle made me a crossword lover