Wordle has become a worldwide sensation. Players use different kinds of tricks and methods to guess the correct word and win. Recently, Reddit user u/iamflimflam opted to automate Wordle gameplay through the use of a 3D printer and a Raspberry Pi board.
Developed by software engineer Josh Wardle, the simple word guessing game debuted to mild fanfare in November 2021, but it has since ballooned so significantly in popularity that The New York Times purchased it in February 2022. In the game, players have to choose from thousands of viable words. Players only have six chances to guess the correct word. This is the reason why the game is so challenging and interesting.
Solving Wordle using a 3D printer: How the automation works
In a forty-five-second clip posted to the 3D printing subreddit, u/iamflimflam demonstrates their creation slowly working out a Wordle solution, beginning with “RAISE” and ending on “TACIT” in just four guesses. While the automated aspect is undoubtedly cool, given that the solution was a word so obscure that many believed Wordle to have developed a pretentious bent.
This isn’t the first time that the realms of 3D printing and video gaming have intersected. In 2021, an ambitious Redditor showcased an adorable 3D-printed sculpture of the Divine Beast Vah Ruta from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Most recently, a dedicated Valve fan took things up a notch by 3D-printing a life-sized Portal gun. That said, few creations require the technological acumen displayed by u/iamflimflam, who offered an in-depth analysis of how their homemade Wordle solver works beneath their post.
Responses to the post seem to be incredibly positive, though some replies were more interested in the time-honored tradition of getting unorthodox machines to play Doom. Plus, as one astute Redditor pointed out if one automates work, then there’s more time to goof off. But if one automates goofing off there’s nothing left to do.