By Chad Sansing,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
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Addictive, globe-trotting guessing game gets kids thinking.
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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.
Geoguessr encourages players to learn about different geographies and cultures.
Ease of Play
Extremely easy to play, but having some background knowledge in world geography helps.
Products & Purchases
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.
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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How can I pay to use a google map!!!!
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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?
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: using supporting evidence, Science: animals, ecosystems and the environment, 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
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid, Free
- Last updated: October 4, 2019
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