As I mentioned in a previous post, my whole family and I, love to play Heardle. Whilst I try to listen to the daily Heardle, sometimes I forget and so miss the chance. The game currently also doesn’t have a way to revisit a previous Heardle.
Spoiler Alert: The following information explains how to use Heardle in a way that wasn’t intended by the games author(s).
This post isn’t being written to encourage cheating at the game. Instead, I wanted to share some ideas around exploring an application and showing how it could be manipulated to behave in a way that wasn’t quite how the developer(s) intended.
When software testing and exploring an application, there are many heurists you might wish to use. There are multiple definitions of using a Heuristic, here’s one from the Cambridge Dictionary:
“A method of learning or solving problems that allow people to discover things themselves and learn from their own experiences.” – Cambridge Dictionary
One thing we know about the Heardle.app is that a new song is released each day. What if we could alter the day and then go back and listen to a previous days Heardle?
By altering the date on my computer and then reloading the page, guess what happens. Why not try it yourself and see ;-) ?
Now we can revisit old Heardle’s we might have missed. Not only that, we can change the date to a future one. Now you can guess the next days Heardle before it’s meant to be available on the game.
In my previous post I showed how you could automatically guess a Heardle. Now we could automatically guess any previous or future Heardle.
Have fun and happy exploring!