Test Yourself: How Well Do You Know The World — and Can You Stop Playing This Game?
“W ell, this just killed my entire morning at work” was what FlyerTalk member fjfv19 posted in the Comments section of this article which I originally wrote on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 pertaining to a simple and fun game called GeoGuessr…
…and I would not be the least bit surprised if — similar to fjfv19 — you eventually became addicted to playing it.
Yes, I know — you travel so much that you have been to nine continents; 65 states in the United States including Jefferson and New Columbia; and found countries of which no one has even discovered as of yet, let alone heard — but just how well do you know the world?
Test Yourself: How Well Do You Know The World?
The way GeoGuessr works is that it shows an image using the street view of Google Maps. You have to guess the location of that image using a small map of the world shown at the right side, as shown in the illustration below. The closer your guess is to the location, the more points you earn for the round, during which you have five chances to guess.
Click on the illustration above to access GeoGuessr — but be forewarned: you might not be able to stop playing it.
To fuel the addiction, the game used to automatically start over when you are finished — but now you must click on a button to start a new round of five chances to guess where in the world is the location which you are currently viewing.
One trick is to use the features of Google Maps to help you become more informed about your guess. For example, if you see a road sign or a license plate in the distance, you can either zoom in on the image or “travel” down the road to get “closer.” You can also turn around at a full 360 degrees to get more of an idea of exactly where “you are located.”
Pay close attention to the subjects of the photographs: what kind of terrain is shown? On which side of the vehicle is the steering wheel? The flora, architecture and weather can also give clues as well.
In order to have a chance at earning better scores, ensure that you zoom in on the map for greater accuracy pertaining to your guess.
InterContinental Hotels Group Custom Version
If you are a member of the IHG Priority Club frequent guest loyalty program — or if you simply enjoy staying at hotel and resort properties within the brand portfolio of InterContinental Hotels Group — there is a customized version of the game which you can play and guess specifically where those hotel and resort properties are located.
FlyerTalk members of the British Airways | Executive Club forum have been participating in this game and comparing scores; as have FlyerTalk members of the InterContinental Hotels | IHG Rewards Club and Intercontinental Ambassador forum in this discussion…
…and I figured that if you are especially one of those people who went through all the trouble in attempting to take advantage of that frustrating deal of 90 percent off of flights operated by Garuda Indonesia as reported in many articles plastered all over BoardingArea — which I did not even bother and is now closed anyway — perhaps you could once again use some levity for the moment.
How well do you know the world? How many locations can you recognize? Please feel free to share your scores in the Comments section below.
No — no need to thank me. You are welcome. Now let’s see you be able to break away from this game after you started playing it…