Geoguessr

Common Sense Media says

Addictive, globe-trotting guessing game gets kids thinking.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Geoguessr encourages players to learn about different geographies and cultures.

Positive role models

There are no characters in this game, though people appear in some of the pictures.

Ease of play

Extremely easy to play, but having some background knowledge in world geography helps.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

 

Consumerism

It's free to play and uses Google Maps Street View images and Google Maps. Though it depends on Google products, it doesn't otherwise have a commercial message.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy and safety concerns. Players can share games with others via social media services like Twitter. However, a child would need an existing social media account to share the links.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Geoguessr is a free, online game that asks players to guess the locations of Google Street View images. Players are shown an image and must drop a pin to guess the location. Players earn points for each guess; the closer a guess to the real location, the more points it's worth. After each guess, players can see how close they got to guessing each picture's location, and at the end of a game players can see a map of all their guesses along with their point totals. They can challenge friends by sharing their games and totals to see who got higher scores.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • using supporting evidence

Science

  • animals
  • ecosystems
  • geology
  • rocks and minerals

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • exploration
  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information
  • deduction
  • making conclusions
  • thinking critically

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Intuitive and addicting with a clean interface and cool concept, Geoguessr will compel kids to explore the world.

Learning Approach

It doesn't teach kids content per se. Still, it encourages them to observe and draw conclusions from geographical differences, pay attention to detail, think critically, take risks, research, self-assess, and try again. 

Support

Simple instructions and familiar Google Maps Street View controls make this easy to jump into. Feedback after every turn and at the end of the game makes it easy to self-monitor and set goals for improvement.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • using supporting evidence

Science

  • animals
  • ecosystems
  • geology
  • rocks and minerals

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • exploration
  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information
  • deduction
  • making conclusions
  • thinking critically

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn about geographical and cultural differences by examining mysterious locations across the globe. More importantly, to figure out where these locations are kids must exercise critical-thinking skills, use deductive reasoning, and build up a sense of how different parts of the world compare. It's a game less about learning geography -- although there is some of that -- than about using geography as a platform for higher-order thinking.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sansing

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What's it about?

GEOGUESSR asks players to guess the locations of Google Street View pictures using visual clues. Each game features five random pictures/locations, about which the player guesses by putting a pin on a map. After each guess, the player finds out how close he or she got to the real location; the points are based on distance to the location. When the game's over, the player can send the same five images to a friend and compare scores.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Geoguessr combines intuitive gameplay with an addictive, just-one-more-guess hook. It's a Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? for the modern age, getting rid of narrative and focusing purely on the detective work. Players will gleefully open tab after tab, dissecting and debating the clues offered in each new image and locale. It's instantly fun, and sending challenges to friends makes it more so. Before long, you'll be saying things like, "It's always Australia!" to friends who'll know exactly what you mean.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss how learning with technology can provide a window onto unfamiliar geographies and cultures.

  • Families can enjoy keeping a real-world map marked with all the places they've discovered in the game.

  • Families can discuss how man-made building and products, as well as clues from nature, can characterize a region or country.

Game details

Platforms:Linux, Mac, Windows
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Anton Wallén
Release date:May 9, 2013
Genre:Puzzle

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