There’s been no scarcity of video games like Wordle bobbing up because the each day phrase puzzle took the web by storm in 2021. Even after Wordle was bought by the New York Instances, its success has continued, and never simply amongst gamers—as we reported final month, Wordle has led to an increase in paid subscriptions to the NYT’s video games assortment, despite the fact that Wordle itself is free.

The identical long-running success, sadly, cannot be stated for different Wordle-like video games. One of the standard Wordle clones, referred to as Heardle, gave Wordle’s puzzle format a musical spin. In Heardle you take heed to the primary second of a tune and attempt to guess what tune it’s, with every incorrect guess (or go) supplying you with a bit extra of the tune’s intro to base your guess on.

Heardle was standard sufficient to be bought by Spotify in July of 2022, however lower than a 12 months after spending an undisclosed sum to purchase it, Spotify is shutting it down. Every day Heardle gamers now obtain a short and gloomy message when visiting the positioning to play the music puzzle game: 

“Thanks for taking part in Heardle, however sadly we have now to say goodbye. From Could fifth, Heardle will now not be out there,” the message reads.

That is an enormous bummer. No purpose for the shutdown is given, however maybe the game simply did not result in an increase in paid subscriptions the best way Wordle did for the NYT. When it purchased the game, Spotify stated it noticed Heardle as not only a puzzle game however “a software for musical discovery” that “aligns with our plans to deepen interactivity throughout the Spotify ecosystem.”

I suppose that did not pan out. It is a disgrace: Heardle is a enjoyable each day puzzle and an creative twist on the Wordle format, and I am unable to think about it is too tough or pricey to keep up. For those who play Heardle and wish to protect your stats, gamers are urged to “take a screenshot” of their stats web page earlier than Could 4, in any other case they’re going to be misplaced endlessly.