Puzzle game using Google Street View and Google Maps.
The concept of combining Google Street View and Google Maps in order to form a game is one that is not unknown to the gaming world. Specifically Geoguessr, a web-based game that attracted lots of attention for its unique way of discovering the world through Google’s Street View. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed Geoguessr, especially while playing with a few friends. While searching for a good mobile alternative, I was unable to find one that really lived up to the original. Eventually, I came across Earthguesser, which provided me with almost as much entertainment as its inspiration. I could literally find myself lost in this game for hours at a time, intrigued by all the crazy things our world has to offer. Sure, it may sound cheesy, but I have actually spotted some extraordinary things while playing. Needless to say, I was pretty impressed by the locations chosen for this game, and it is not only entertaining, but can also deepen your knowledge of your surroundings and the amazing things provided by our world. Best of all, you don’t even have to get off the couch.
The whole purpose of the game is to collect information from your surroundings in Google Street View and ultimately come to a conclusion of where in the world you are located. Sounds simple right? Wrong. Seeing a sign in Spanish could mean you are anywhere in South America, so you must keep exploring in order to create a more precise guess. The game can became substantially more difficult if you are plopped on the top of a mountain in Chile, rather than a bustling American city. I usually do not think too far in depth about my situation, instead I use the basic information to create a guess that is hopefully within the same country as my location. Although I use a pretty basic strategy, I have seen people research restaurants or parks that they come across in order to pinpoint their location within a few hundred meters.
Now that you have the concept down, there are currently two playable modes, although there is supposedly a new one coming soon. A standard game will drop you in five different locations and score you depending on the proximity of your guess. Meanwhile, the time limit game will require you to make as many guesses within a five minute period. Both modes are enjoyable, but in my opinion, the time limit is better for those people who are trying to explore as many breath taking landscapes as possible, as opposed to actually attempting to achieve a good score.
Alas, a game of such beauty must have some imperfections. I have noticed a few prominent issues during my world exploration in Earthguesser. Firstly, I sometimes find myself dropped in the same location that I have previously been in. Obviously, this takes the fun out of the game and can really hurt the overall experience. Although it is annoying, it isn’t a common problem and I have only experienced it a couple of times during my gameplay. Next, even though the exact location is unknown, it is pretty easy to guess the general area that you will be in. From what I have experienced, most of the places are located in South America or Africa, and I have only found a handful in North America or Europe. I would love if the developer would add a little bit more variety as far as the location of the places. Nonetheless, Earthguesser is a fantastic mobile version for a game that stole many hours of my time on the PC.
Being a big fan of Geoguessr, Earthguesser is an impressive mobile game that can provide you with countless hours of fun and discovery. I am very impressed by some of the views that I have seen, and I believe that the developer will continue to update the game with new locations and playable modes. If you love to explore and discover new things, Earthguesser should definitely be on your list of games to pick up.