Recently I was told about an addictive new game on the internet (thanks, Jason!) and in spite of having a long list of things I should be doing, I haven’t been able to stay away from this new diversion for very long. This is not an app. It is a website, to enjoy on your computer or any other device.
Remember Where’s Waldo? There’s no fellow in a striped shirt in this game. Instead, you have to figure out where YOU are, and that could be anywhere in the world (actually, to be very specific, you could be anywhere in the world that google has mapped.)
The game screen opens up with a Google-street view of …… someplace.
It is YOUR job to figure out where in the world you have been dropped.
You can look for clues. Well, actually, you SHOULD look for clues (unless of course you have been dropped in front of something obvious, like the Eiffel Tower )
You can do all the things that you can normally do with Google street view. You can continue down the street. You can read street signs. Move around. Look around. Are there palm trees? Snow? Mountains? Sea? Look left, look right, look all around, 360 degrees.
Once you think you know where you are, it’s time to take a guess.
When you are ready to make a guess, look at the map on the screen. Just zoom in to the spot where you think you are and click on it. Tap on “make guess” and the game will show you where you (virtually) are AND draw a line from the actual spot to the spot where you guessed you are. I’ve missed most times by thousands of miles.
A complete game is 5 guesses, but of course you can just stop in for just one or two.
The best I ever did was guess within 800 miles. (I picked Germany, but the google map had dropped me in Finland) Oops.
Explore the world with Geoguessr.