Wordle knockoff app charges huge subscription fees


A minimum of he did not attempt to disguise it.

Zachary Shakked, a self-described “degenerate app developer,” proudly boasted on Twitter Monday of copying the favored word-puzzle recreation Wordle. Shakked launched his personal “free-to-play” model of the sport, dubbed “Wordle — The App,” on the Apple App Retailer and skinned it to look just like the actually free version out there on-line and developed by software program engineer Josh Wardle.

“I like Wordle a lot I made a decision to make my very own Wordle app however with a twist,” he wrote on Monday. “You possibly can play limitless instances when you’re on the Professional model.”

Screenshot of a Tweet from Shakked saying Wordle inspired his app.

What a twist.
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The Professional model, it needs to be identified, prices $29.99. “Fee will probably be charged to your iTunes account at affirmation of buy on a as soon as per week foundation,” explains the App Store itemizing.

Screenshot of a tweet from Zachary Shakked reading

Calling it like he sees it.
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Notably, Shakked appears to have discovered success. Earlier than making his Twitter account personal Tuesday afternoon, he claimed that “we will the fucking moon,” referring to rising curiosity within the app.

Screenshot of a tweet bragging about download statistics.

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Whereas downloads could also be trending up, scores of Twitter customers referred to as out the developer for ripping off Wardle’s thought.

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We reached out to Shakked in an try to find out if he has a response to the swift backlash (aside from making his Twitter account personal), however acquired no instant response. We additionally reached out to Wardle, who launched the Wordle net recreation in October, however acquired no instant response.

According to the New York Times, Wardle named the sport “Wordle” as a play on his final identify. Shakked, nonetheless, initially appeared outwardly defiant. In response to a Twitter remark that Wardle was first to make use of the “Wordle” identify for a word-puzzle recreation, Shakked wasn’t swayed.


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“Was he first,” requested Shakked. “I see an app referred to as Wordle that was final up to date 5 years in the past.”

It is unclear what particular app he’s speaking about, and if that app can be a word-puzzle recreation nearly precisely like Wardle’s model.

Screenshot of a tweet from Shakked.

No regrets.
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It is value mentioning that, as of the time of this writing, there are at the very least 5 different word-puzzle video games with some variation of the identify “Wordle” within the App Retailer all launched inside the previous few weeks that seem to repeat Wardle’s recreation. So one may surprise why Shakked’s model particularly is on the receiving finish of a lot ire — that’s, if he weren’t being such a dick about it.