Wordle clones yanked from Apple’s App Store

The lots of Wordle copycats that were flooding Apple’s App Shop appear to have actually vanished. The apps appear to have actually been gotten rid of by Apple quickly after their presence triggered a stir on social networks.

Wordle itself doesn’t have a main iOS app so other designers aimed to get on the coattails of the video game’s success. However when one in specific began boasting on Twitter about the attention his variation of the app was getting, he rapidly captured heat, accentuating both his app and the lots of other Wordle clones on the App Shop.

While there are still a few five-letter word games on the store, they don’t have the name Wordle attached like the most egregious ripoffs from the last few days have. Instead these games have named like PuzzWord. There are still a few games left on the App Shop that are actually called Wordle, but one was released three years ago and the other was released five years ago with very different concepts from the surprise hit developed by Josh Wardle.

While the apps are now gone from the shop, the question of why they’re gone remains open. There’s been no official word from Apple on whether or not the apps were removed because they violated a store rule, or simply because Apple no longer wanted them on the App Shop. In either case, in the meantime the only method to play genuine Worlde on your phone is still to browse to the site on an internet browser.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.