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Built as an experiment to investigate the possibilities that the Google Maps API v3 offers and create a simple but immersive game.
Backbone.js, Google Maps API v3
I noticed that you there aren't any Icelandic maps
Great game, though it has started a fight in my office.
Is googleing allowed, or are you to guess using only your own experience?
Absolutely fantastic. I would suggest a "fair" mode: (1) no low resolution, (2) no panoramas / pedestrian areas / ski tracks and similar---unless connected to road network.Rationale: (1) finding oneself in the middle of nowhere with the nearest clue 50km away (including non-Latin clues) is part of the game. Skipping several dozens of otherwise usable road signs before finally finding one which can be deciphered through the fog of low resolution is, I believe, not. (2) The sea turtle of the Heron Island resort is *cute*, but there is no way to figure out where you are---unless you know the relevant Google LatLong post.
Great game. I've come to care little about my score, and find that I'm happily wandering around places I would never have seen. Love those first moments when the landscape (sometimes the underwaterscape), the plant life, the shapes of cars or the look of a building gets my mind running through all the possibilities. And I also find I'm greatly improving my reading of Cyrillic characters.
it's could be a great game, BUT it's too easy!! After playing for 30minutes it gets so boring, because mostly the places that appear are in USA, Russia, Brasil, or Australia. Some places are even repeating. You could make a great game, but please, add many, many more places. Then it will be perfect!!!
Really nice game! Thanks a lot!
Some ideas from my side for further development:
- Add geographical preselection (e.g. country and/ or world region).- Add move restriction (e.g. only turn around allowed).- Add high score for different difficulty levels (e.g. from "without restrictions and time level" to "only turn around allowed, 30 sec. for every single location") and geographical preselections.
Amazing game! So fun!
As a Geologist who has been in many places, I love this game. Plunked down near the house I lived in when I was 13 yrs old in St John's Newfoundland. Managed to find what appeared the right spot and BINGO- "0 km from the correct location" and was awarded 6479 points. So Max is not 6500- not obvious why 6479 is used as the max score. On anpther try I missed by 0.022 km and awarded 6477 points.
Great game, not always easy, but a lot of fun.
Brilliant work! Such a simple idea, and so well executed. I had luck on my side for the first few games, and was able to score 32K+ without too much effort. Unfortunately my luck has run out, as in the last three games I have been dumped somewhere non-descript with no ability to move about. Only zoom. The last game put me halfway up a ski-slope at night. It could have been almost any ski-slope in the world. So some algorhythm to reduce the incidence of these single-point traps would be great -otherwise a fantastic piece of work.
Make it more challenging, please. 1 meter error = 1 point lost would be perfect.
Please make something like that,for the scholl kids,to learn the capitals and countries from America and Europe.
Just managed 30662 points googling for clues
Simple and beautiful game. My roommate (geography student) and I have been playing it throughout the week.It would be great if future versions would provide the opportunity to choose the continent or even the country. Until then, everybody is free to use my tool GeoSettr.com to create their own challenges.
I read that the highest score for any map is 6500. True? Also love the idea of being able to isolate geographically: great teaching tool. Thanks..Glad I found it on a very rainy Saturday, otherwise, I might believe I wasted my day!
The maximum number of points is 6479 points
Absolutely love this! It would be nice to see high scores perhaps.Great educational game.
Addict to the game. Great game and a lot of fun. Did find one error, got dropped in side a soccer stadium in what I thought was Quebec or Montreal. Guessed Montreal and it told me correct answer was in middle of ocean off the coast of maine?
I had the same exact thing! The Olympic Stadium...in the Atlantic Ocean. I do wonder how random the locations really are- I have yet, after dozens of games, to get one in a major US city.
Ditto! Guess not so random...
this game is pure genius. Wish i could limit the selection to just a few countries or just cities.
Wow, such a genius idea! I'm a little tired of landing in Brazil, though. Curious about the algorithm to choose the landing spots. I'm sure you're being swamped with attention right now, hopefully all positive. :-)
Nice game but i don´t agree with the suggestions.Playing against a player is off course not very interesting,you can always cheat.With google you can search for mistery island and you now were you are.Or any shop you see you can google.I am against a timelimit,it will make you hurry up and give stress.My highest score was about 6400 or so in one go,I was 8 meter from were I should be.Will be difficult to be right spot on.I also had 3 km and that was 6200 points.I suppose the maximum will be 6500 in one go.6500x5= 32500 maximum?
Great game! Guess the traffic will rise now as XKCD mentioned it. However, as others have already said, nowing how the score is calculated would be fun. Is time/number of clicks/distance traveled included?
what is the max score? is time a factor? there should be a scoreboard
This is way too addictive... :DGreetings from Belgium
Great fun. Suggestions for two-player games:
a) time limit as suggested above and/or maximum distance travelled per place. You need something to stop players driving for hours down dirt tracks...
b) User-specified game rules - ie (i) can you move around (ii) can you zoom
Wonderful idea! To add some social aspect two it, two modes involving 2 players could be offered: one where you compete with others ( and you lose points if you take too long..) , the other would be a collaborative mode, where you help each other (chatting) to discover the places. This could change geography teaching in America!
Excellent game Anton, this is a very elegant game, and should be incorporated in school and geography courseware. Congratulations and please keep posting updates to your feed.
Hi Anton, I'm writing a story for Slate on your delightful game. I'd love to speak with you briefly by phone or Skype this afternoon if you have the chance. I'm at email@example.com or 646.495.3972. Thanks!
Thanks Slate for calling GG to our attention. Dear Anton, please consider allowing users to input a KML file of a route (like a cross-country route), that limits selections only to streetview along that route. It would make for a great pre & post-travel exercise. With Google's polygon KMLs, you could isolate a state, or a country, etc. The mash-ups are almost limitless. A Manhatten version, for example would be addictive for NYC old-timers. Good stuff! Matthew at trackleaders.com
i second this suggestion. I intend to use this when teaching environmental history to think about "reading the landscape." I'd love to be able to have the game show locations in a circumscribed area or set of areas, depending on the course.
Don't like the idea of a time limit, btw. This would ruin the immersive experience.
Great game. Time limit would be a good option (e.g. 10 minutes for 5 places). Then it can be plaid against an opponent online
This game should be "prescription only" - it is far too addictive otherwise. I really love it.If I think of any possible improvements, then maybe some kind of user-adjustability as to how many rounds are to be played instead of a fixed 5 rounds would be ice.Enough said, I need to play this game again...
Totally hooked on the game for two days non-stop. Addictive like hell. I love it. Greetings from http://goo.gl/maps/3vuwx
So simple idea, so GREAT!! It makes you the impression of instant and random travelling all around the world, and force you to keep attention to every little detail. Thank you!
Awesome fun. Great idea.
Awesome. so addictive, i love it!would love to see a winner board
Doesn't work in chrome OS and sticks on a vista machine, works great on win8 though
The game's way too sensitive. Even if you do know where you're at, if you don't click on the EXACT millimeter you're on, it'll say you've missed.
If it had some sort of tolerance, for example if you're in a town or city, it'll say you're right if you click that city's location, or in a rural area, if you click on the road you're on, and then offer a bonus for being exact, rather than saying you've missed if you're not.