What Is Artle? Meet The ‘Art History Version’ of Wordle

Wordle became a massive online sensation for avid word-game lovers and puzzle enthusiasts alike within mere months. But, it also acted as the main inspiration for even more daily guessing games and led to the creation of Artle, the newly released art-based game.

Artle is the new Wordle ‘spin-off’ based on art history, created by the National Gallery of Art. The game generally has the same structure as Wordle, but players need to guess legendary artists based on their pieces of artwork. Players have 4 guesses, and the artist changes each day.

While Wordle certainly captured the attention of countless gamers around the world, art-lovers and creative gamers may have a ton of fun in store thanks to Artle. Stick around to find out about Artle, its inspiration, and how you can start playing.

What Is Artle?

The hit sensation, Wordle, was initially created by Josh Wardle – as a passion project for his word-game-loving partner. The two played Wordle together in the comfort of their home during the game’s initial phases, but soon discovered just how many people loved the game as well – after which it turned into one of the most successful and popular mobile word games worldwide.

Wordle’s aim is to help people discover new levels within the English vocab while having fun and engaging with fellow community members. Artle intends to do something similar within the art community, hoping to share art history and knowledge with anyone who’s interested.

The game uses historical art pieces and artists from all over the world as a base for the game’s content. We’ve gathered everything you need to know about the newest daily guessing game for art lovers, with images thanks to Simple Most, Forbes, and Smithsonian Magazine.

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Artle was created by the National Gallery of Art, with the intention of engaging people’s curiosity and encouraging them to learn and discover more about art while having fun. Steven Garbarino, senior product manager at the museum, said the following during an interview with Smithsonian Magazine:

“The emergence of daily guessing games in recent months inspired our digital product and experience team and I to create a daily game using the National Gallery’s collection, to help the public discover art while having fun.”

The National Gallery of Art is located in the National Mall in Washington, DC, was established way back in 1937, and is now one of the largest museums in North America. People generally have the freedom to visit the museum and have a look at their art piece collection in person.

But, the museum really wants to help more people access its massive collection of over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and much more. Their core collection includes major artworks that have been donated by prominent collectors in the community, and include some of the following art piece icons:

  • The Neoclassical West Building, designed by John Russell Pope
  • The I.M. Pei-designed modern East Building
  • The 6.1-acre Sculpture Garden

The project was led by the National Gallery of Art’s digital division, headed up by Nick Sharp, chief digital officer. Artle involves a ton of art pieces, created by numerous legendary artists from history, allowing art enthusiasts to enjoy art and discover art origins in the form of a guessing game. According to Garbarino:

“Artle is a quick daily brain teaser. But it is less about the challenge and more about the discovery. At the end you can click through to learn more about the artist and artworks, and continue exploring to prepare yourself for future Artles.”

Much like Wordle’s special attention to the development of the game’s community, Artle also features an easy way to share results online. In this way, fellow art lovers and Artle players can keep tabs on others’ successes while still learning in the process.

How To Play Artle

The game generally has the same structure as Wordle with a few alterations – other than the use of art instead of words. Artle is very simple and easy for anyone to play, as it can be played on desktop or on mobile.

The trick is guessing the daily artist correctly based on what image has been provided. It’s quite common for art-lovers to recognize a piece of art, but it’s much more challenging to link specific artworks to their creator’s name.

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Below is a brief outline of how Artle works, and how it is played:

  1. Players are presented with a piece of art – it could be a painting, photograph, sculpture, decorative art, drawing, or any other physical object.
  2. Players need to enter an existing artist’s name into the text box provided below the image.
  3. Once the player has entered the name, their guess will be checked depending on whether or not it is correct.
  4. A red ‘X’ will appear if the guess is incorrect. To help the player in the right direction, a different art piece by the same artist will pop up.
  5. Players have 4 tries to guess the artist’s name correctly. This is one of the main differences between Artle and Wordle in terms of gameplay, as Wordle provides 6 guesses per word.

Once the artist’s name is revealed, either through guessing correctly or through running out of tries, players will be able to click their linked details. This will enable the players to learn more about a different artist every day, as well as the history of some of their most esteemed creations.

While it may seem as if the number of artists will eventually run dry, this will take quite some time – considering that the National Gallery of Art has over 150,000 art pieces by more than 15,000 artists. Much like Wordle, Artle has a unique artist guessing puzzle every single day, meaning that every Artle player will be facing the same challenge at the same time.

Although there have been a ton of guessing games released over the past few years, this historical art version is certainly special. While the concept of a simple guessing game based on art is quite unique as is, the fact that it’s been created by the National Gallery of Art using its own collection of art pieces makes it that much more interesting.

  • Jeijei is an eccentric oddball obsessed with anime, sci-fi, and fantasy. She spends her free time enjoying movies and video games, especially MMOs & RPGs, whether it be PC, console, or mobile.