Games beyond GeoGuesser!!
Top 10 Google Maps games of all times
By Aleks Buczkowski – Geoawesomeness
3. Smarty Pins
Smarty Pins is a game developed by Google Engineers. The aim is to find out the answer to a question and pin point this location on the map. For example you would get the question: “Where is the oldest British university?” and you would have to put a pin on the Oxford. The first questions are typically based in a player’s local country, or are related to very popular places or people but as you progress the playing board expands to the rest of the world and gets more difficult. The game is really well made and it’s a lot of fun.
4. Map Race
Map Race is a cool quiz game. The idea behind it is to show you a satellite picture of a location and 4 answers. The task is to select a correct answer as soon as possible. If you guess the wrong city, you’ll get more time to solve it, which is bad. The game needs some polishing but it’s quite playable.
MapsTD is a tower defence game that uses Google Maps to generate levels from any location across the world. Your task is to defend your castle from attackers by strategically placing and managing your defense towers. It’s a pretty standard tower defence setup, but the pleasure comes from doing it across real-world streets and locations.
6. Build with Chrome
Build is an effect of collaboration of Google and LEGO to showcase possibilities of Chrome browser. It let users construct anything they can imagine with virtual LEGOs, place it on Google Maps, and share their creations with the world. As the name suggests, only works in the Chrome browser.
7. Geo Guns
Geo Guns is a tank shooting game. The game takes full advantage of Google Maps’ 45° (Bird’s Eye) satellite view. It overlays a couple of tanks on the satellite image. Tanks of enemy are starting to attack you from the top. Your task is to destroy them. You can choose from a number of pre-set battlefield locations for your tank fight but you can also select any location by entering location on the top of the screen. The game is short and it’s a typical time killer but it’s cool.
8. Locate Street
Locate Street is a StreetView-based game. It gives you a series of random Street View panoramas. Your task is to figure out the location of every image and choose a correct quiz answer. The game is a little bit slow but it’s a lot of fun.
9. Google Maps Cube
Google Maps Cube is a game about Google Maps rather than based on Maps. It has been released as a promotion of G Maps after the launch of Google+ back in 2012. None the less it’s really worth mentioning. The game is about navigating a ball on a 3D Google Maps cube, avoiding the 3D buildings and other obstructions, by rotating the cube. You will play it only once, but you’ll have a lot of fun!
10. Driving Simulator
This 2D Driving Simulator is an experiment rather than an actual game. You can driver around the city with a car or a bus, the only problem is that it does not encounters any obstacles so in practice you can glide over everything on the map. Nonetheless I found it quite entertaining.