You could travel around the world in 80 days, or you could do it in the next few minutes with a cool new travel game called GeoGuessr. Test your knowledge of the world and virtually visit places far and wide with GeoGuessr, a fantastically fun geography quiz game that’s easy to play but impossible to master. Geoguessr shows you images from Google Street View and you guess where in the world the image was taken.
No matter how well-traveled you are, you simply aren’t as well-traveled as Google Street View. Those Street View cameras have been busy capturing images from around the globe.
How to Play the Game
Head to the GeoGuessr website and you’ll see instructions on how to play. You click on the screen to reveal the image of the location and a map of the world in the upper right corner. The images you’re greeted with range from stunning scenery to barren walls, but the excitement of the unknown is part of the fun!
You can choose to see images from around the world or from a certain area, such as a continent, country, or city.
You can look at the image, zoom in, rotate it 360°, move it forward and backward, up and down to help you determine your location. When you think you know where the image was taken, click on the Google map to place your marker. Make sure you zoom in on the Google map to place your marker more accurately. If you get disoriented, you can click on the Return to start location button.
Once you’re satisfied with the placement of your marker, click on the Make Guess button at the bottom of the map. A new screen will pop up, showing you how far your guess was from the actual location. You’ll also learn how many kilometers off you were and how many points you earned.
Give yourself a pat on the back if you guessed the correct continent. You can do the happy dance if you guessed the right country. If you were way off the mark, you can smile and marvel at how similar the world is in many places.
You get five different scenes to guess in the game. After the fifth scene, you’re shown your total points for all five guesses and a map of your guesses versus the actual locations.
While the challenge may seem impossible at first, you can look for clues that may help you discern which area of the planet Earth you’re viewing. Here are some hints to help guide you. I’ve colored them white to avoid spoilers. Highlight the hints to reveal them:
- Check to see if you can see any words on signs to see if you can see language or letters that may give you an idea of what language is spoken. Tip: if both French and English are on signs, Canada might be your best guess.
- Look closely at the vegetation to see what the latitude might be. Palm trees may mean a more tropical climate.
- Check which side of the street cars are driving on. If they’re on the left, your choice of countries will be much more limited than if the cars are on the right.
- Look at the road signs. If the road signs are international symbols then the location probably isn’t in the US.
You can play on a mobile device but you must be connected to the Internet to play GeoGuessr.
The more you play the game, the better you’ll get. Be careful, the game can get very addictive. The good news is that the game is free and chances are you won’t run out of places to visit on planet Earth.
Travel around the world while having fun with GeoGuessr. Who knows? You may discover your next vacation destination while playing this educational and entertaining game!
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