I scored 17 349 but did allow myself to Google anything I could find (but for some places there are very few clues).
The urls should be shorter!
The biggest problem is that South Africa, Mexico, and Australia all have extremely similar looking endless expanses of nothing.
Holy long URL!
(I've been meaning to try this out since http://xkcd.com/1214/ brought its existence to my attention.)
We both bombed on South Africa and Australia, but I beat you for Utah and Russia :>
One of them was one I'd already had before, so it's obviously not completely random.
I love the fact that you can explore really obscure parts of the worlds in a couple of seconds and it almost feels like you're there. It's a great way of getting a feel for a place before visiting too.
I also love maps in general so this is a really cool mixture.
Damn, I thought I'd beat you, but your last one was really close and made for all points I were ahead of you.
Once I was dropped on a logging road in Canada. It took about a hour to hit a paved road and another 15 minutes to find a sign announcing the logging road ahead. I found a sign and googled it. Even that was wrong. I thought I was in Oregon but was wrong.
That said, it's a game where you pretty much make up your own rules.
My personal rule is absolutely no googling. I've been tempted to print out a list of all the phone area codes and take it with me in my virtual alien-ship-to-random-destinations since that is something I could actually do were I preparing for such a scenario.
My best non-Google ever was being plopped down in front of a motel in Idaho City I'd stayed at; the second best was in front of the Miaoli train station in Taiwan. Both times, within 5m of the original location.
However, I am curious that the URL seems identical so how was it possible for a new submission to be made? I thought HN just added another vote to the original for duplicates.
That was actually my best game; I got the continent right every time. The most disappointing was where I recognized an Australian Ice Cream chain (one of my friends really liked it) but guessed East Coast when it was in Perth.
By "specific region gameplay" I mean allowing the player to crop a certain region on the map and let them play within that area. For instance, America could be cropped and the player could then be tested at his/her ability to spot the different characteristics of each state. This basically just adds a certain ease to the gameplay instead of being placed into a secluded forest in Asia.
And custom mapping is basically how it sounds: allow the player to place their own markers and share the link with friends. Though since the "sharing link" is currently just a base64'd JSON string, I'm sure customized links could be created with a little manual effort if needed.
I have to admit I found "Antibes" written on one of the posters and got 6k points just for one guess.
I once did this for a facebook competition; An estate agent would post pictures and you had to guess the location.
After checking the landscape, scenery, road sign styles etc I managed to reverse engineer the exact streetview URL from the image.
Here's the image: http://i.imgur.com/lKeAXsE.png
And the streetview URL: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&...
Turning it into a game is a stroke of genius. I can see myself wasting a lot of time on this!
A bit more experimentation should reveal the real answer.
*I'd have thought they'd use great circle, but no: it's just a big straight line on the map.
It would be best if each step costed you some amount of points.
Seems like you missed see the "Brisbane Whale Tours" ad...? ;-)
1. You can spin around, you can't move and you can't Google.
2. You can spin around, you can move, and you can Google - but you only have 10 minutes for 5 guesses.
One thing this game teaches you is that much of the world is rural.
My parents are totally good at this game. With no external aids, they got a location in Mallorca to within 50 meters.
I think you can get better at this game over time. I have seen my scores creeping up. Recognizing and sounding out languages will help a lot too.
Had to goo.gl it
Yes. I cheated.. :P I couldn't stop myself to dig the code.
does the trick if anybody interested.
Knowing the rough outlines of this map will help:
But what's the point of not zooming in the guessing map (in the top right)? That's just the interface for giving the answer; and restricting zoom just makes it a pretty poor mouse accuracy game. If you know the exact position, you should be given the interface to mark it exactly.
And it's also a bit of a geography test. I guessed Moscow (wrongly, it was Minsk) and had to test my knowledge of where in the giant unlabeled shape of Russia that was. Similarly, pinpointing Montana out of all North America (with no country or state boundaries) is a lot harder than guessing "somewhere in Montana" when you can see the outline of Montana.