Where in the world has this game been all my life? If I knew the answer to that, I’d be able to click on its location, and win all the points. GeoGuessr, an extraordinarily clever browser game by Anton Wallén, is a location-based game about determining a location for points. The game drops you somewhere on the planet in the middle of a Google Street View interface, and you’ve got to virtually wander around and look for landmarks to try and guess where you are. Click your supposed location on the map, and earn points based on how close you are. Simple as that, yet endlessly challenging.
After all, Google Street View now covers nearly the entire United States, most of Western Europe, Japan, Brazil, and parts of Africa and Australia. Sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to be dropped into a Miami or a Chicago, close to landmarks and street signs — and sometimes you wind up wandering an isolated dirt road in Botswana.
Play a game, save your score, and challenge your friends to identify the same spots. It’s a brilliant application of the Street View data, and an easy way to lose an afternoon.