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Let us play a game:
You wake up. You are outside, laying on hard ground. The sky above is blue, with quick relocating clouds. You’ve no memory of sleeping anywhere however in your very own bed, and you’ve no concept where you are.
You search for hints. The roadway is dark grey asphalt. The lines running along its center are white and broken into long strips. The dirt off the shoulder is a red brown. A car passes. The model looks familiar however the license plate is blurred, providing no ideas.
You stand and discover yourself uninjured. Where the hell are you? You walk east, keeping the sun from your eyes as the shadows extend, and eventually you detect a roadway sign. It’s in Spanish. That narrows it down to around 22 nations where Spanish is utilized.
So begins Geoguessr, a browser-based game which utilizes Google Road View and a map of the world to challenge you. It’s not strictly iOS-only, but if you try it on the desktop computer then on the iPad, you’ll see that it actually shines on the tablet. I ‘d suggest the Retina iPad however, as you cannot zoom in Mobile Safari and occasionally being able to review a distant indicator is the difference in between Brazil and Portugal.
Geoguessr works like this: You’re dropped into an unidentified area, and you get the normal street-view arrows to relocate yourself around, letting you swipe and tap your way down the roadway. To suspect, you click the small map in the top right corner of the screen. The closer you get to the right area, the more points you get. The game lasts five rounds, and you can share the rating through your social networks when you are done.
I am addicted. There’s something about working out where you’re on the earth without all the usual helps, utilizing simply your eyes and your general knowledge. Red earth makes Australia most likely. Cars driving on the left suggests Britain, Japan, Australia, New Zealand or Hong Kong, but it also suggests a minimum of one previously unknown-to-me island off China.
Sometimes you are a roadway with seemingly no ideas. Various other times you are dropped in a city, or you see (like I did today) a van marked ‘Polynesian Adventure Tours’ or something comparable, and click on Hawaii (I ‘succeeded’ that round – just 200km off). Yes, you can cheat by seeking out the location names you see on signs, but that kind of beats the whole point of the game.
So go get your iPad and get suspecting. I simply wish there was an actual iOS version so I can challenge you all to a game.