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Geoguessr

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Addictive, globe-trotting guessing game gets kids thinking.

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

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.

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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
Subjects:Science: animals, ecosystems, geology, rocks and minerals
Social Studies: cultural understanding, exploration, geography
Language & Reading: using supporting evidence
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, deduction, making conclusions, thinking critically
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Available online
Developer:Anton Wallén
Release date:May 9, 2013
Genre:Puzzle
ESRB rating:NR

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