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You guess a word in Semantle, and the game tells you how similar it is to the mystery word. According to the creator, the game is not about spelling, it is about meaning. Put everything you learned from Wordle out of your mind, because the same rules don't apply here. Semantle has thrown out the rule that words can only be five letters long. This means that words can now be any length. Instead, you have an unlimited number of guesses and a percentage that tells you how close you are to guessing the word that is related to the hidden word. It's hard to understand because it is.
At one point, Absurdle, Octordle, and Kilorlde seemed to be the best Wordle-inspired games that were made to really test your brain. But this new variation is so different from the others that it is almost impossible to compare them.
Every answer must be a word. Semantle will tell you how close it thinks your word is to the secret word in terms of what it means. It's not about spelling like that other word game; it's about what the words mean. Word2vec gives us the similarity score. The most similarity possible is 100. This means the words are identical, and you have won. In theory, -100 is the lowest, but in practice, it's usually around -34. A very low score, on the other hand, can be helpful because it means the word you guessed is wrong, so if it's a verb or adjective, the answer is probably a noun.
The "Getting close" indicator shows how close you are. If your word is one of the 1,000 normal words closest to the target word, your rank will be shown (1000 is the target word itself). If your word is not one of the closest 1000, you're "cold." (By "normal" words, I mean non-capitalized words that appear in a very long list of English words. There are a lot of capitalized, misspelled, or obscure words that might be close but won't get a ranking. Those get a "????" mark).
Given how difficult it is, Semantle may never surpass Wordle in popularity, but it's a fun way to test your vocabulary. Enjoy!