What is Byrdle, the niche word game inspired by the Wordle craze?

Molly Young January 21, 2022
What is Byrdle, the niche word game inspired by the Wordle craze?


While the internet continues to go crazy over Wordle, another web-based word game is here for the more musically-inclined game players.

What is Byrdle, the niche daily challenge focused on classical, choral music vocabulary? Learn how to play the newly popular game as we explore the background of the online activity and meet the coding creator behind Byrdle.

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Wordle meets music-themed parody game

Byrdle is a choral music challenge game inspired by Wordle, a web-based word game that took social media by storm after its launch in October 2021 and now has approximately 2.5 million daily players.

While Wordle features varying vocabulary in its daily challenges, Byrdle instead focuses on classical and choral music terms.

For example, previous words in the game have been ‘choir’, meaning an organized group of singers, while the second word on the game was ‘motet’, which refers to a short piece of sacred choral music.

On the application’s website, Byrdle is described as a parody of Wordle and “just for fun.”

Byrdle was launched on 12 January 2022 and with 7,000 players on its second day alone, the game is becoming a hit within the music community.

How to play Byrdle

Byrdle is a daily word guessing game that can be played online and does not require users to download an app.

The objective of the game is to guess the mystery five-letter word that is related to choral music, known as the ‘byrdle’, using a series of hints to figure it out.

Simply hit the enter button to submit your five-letter guess and after each turn, the colour of the tiles will change to reflect how close your guess was to the mystery word.

If any of your letters are highlighted as green, you have the right letter in the right position.

Yellow coloured letters mean that that letter is in the word, but it is in the wrong place.

Finally, if any letters are highlighted as grey then they aren’t included anywhere in the secret word.

Similarly to Wordle, a new word puzzle is available on Byrdle each day and users have six attempts within the 24-hours to guess the mystery word.

Also in true Wordle-style, Byrdle players continue to share their cryptic patterns of green, yellow and grey emojis onto the Twitter timeline to represent their word game results.

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Explore the niche word game’s background

The word-play game name takes its inspiration from a Renaissance composer named William Byrd, combined with the viral internet trend surrounding Wordle.

Byrdle was created by a choir and coding-interested mathematician and singer named Robert Brignall however the game gives credit to QuireMemes for the parody idea.

Brignall coded the idea for Byrdle after being inspired by a post via a niche Twitter account named @QuireMemes which jokingly introduced the choral-focused game on 11 January 2022.

@QuireMemes then requested someone with coding skills to create the game, to which @rbrignall responded and notified the page to check their direct messages.

The next day, a real version of Byrdle was up and running!

@rbrignall created a Twitter thread whereby each day, he explains the Byrdle challenge and (where applicable) adds an exciting fact.

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Molly Young is a Journalism with Public Relations student at Leeds Beckett University. Boasting a creative background through her studies and on her personal social media channels, Molly loves creating content and providing entertainment analysis through her writing.