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Quintessential is a spinoff that is based on Wordle, but it has its own distinct qualities because it presents itself in a form that is more like a puzzle. When you access the game page, you see a Wordle-like grid filled with jumbled letters that form five words based on the day's subject. To get the right order, all you have to do is swap the letters that are out of place in as few steps as possible.
The goal of the game is to guess all five horizontal words correctly in as few steps as possible. To complete the puzzle, you must exchange and unscramble the letters. You only need eight moves to win the game. Wordle only asks you to guess a single five-letter word, so this makes it a lot harder.
To start the game, you have to swap letters to make the right words. A green tile means the right letter is in the right place, a yellow tile means the right letter is in the wrong place, and a gray tile means the letter is not in the word. At the beginning of the game, you are always given a few green letters that can't be moved, which makes things a bit easier. At the bottom of the grid, it will show you how many moves you've used. The goal of the game is to use as few moves as possible.
Quintessential is more difficult than Wordle since you must guess five words instead of one. As the game goes on, though, it gets easier. You can also try to solve Quintessential as many times as you want, while Wordle only lets you try a certain number of times. As you get more letters right, things should get easier and you'll start to be able to guess what the words might be.