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Unleash Your Inner Detective With GeoGuessr

Submitted by on May 13, 2013 – 5:43 pmOne Comment

Do you miss the days when you would track Carmen Sandiego and her evil henchmen across the globe? Re-live your glory and flex your deductive muscles with the addictive new online challenge, GeoGuessr.

The premise is simple: Using Google Street View, GeoGuessr drops you in a random location. You can explore as much as you like. Then, using a regular view Google Map of the world, you must guess the location where you were dropped. GeoGuessr awards points based on how close your guess is to the actual location.

A knowledge of world geography and international flora won’t necessarily save you (although they won’t hurt). With so few clues available in some drops, the game might go to the most patient explorer or best Googler of clues. (Yep, there’s no rules against searching for answers.)

And initial appearances can be deceiving. In my first game on the site, each of my drops offered no immediate tangible clues, but each turned out very differently. The first drop appeared to be the middle of a flat, nondescript desert. Right away, I discovered a road sign telling me I was in between  Monclova and Progreso in Mexico. My guess was within a kilometer of the right location. Next was a nondescript suburb, tending towards rural. For minutes, I couldn’t find even a sign, though flags eventually told me I was in Canada. Finally, I discovered the Winnipegosis Meat Market, and was able to determine my exact original location. Finally, I was dropped in yet another flat nowhere, with no signs of life for miles. I tried Googling the plant life I saw, and guessed that I was in an evergreen forest in Northern California. I was off by over 3,000 kilometers: it was the northern end of the Northwest Territories (Canada again!).

The game usually goes for five rounds, but I had to tear myself away after three.

Have you played GeoGuessr? What do you think?

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