Crazy addictive travel game of the week
You see a picture, and have to guess where it was taken.
A simple premise for a surprisingly difficult-but-not-impossible game, that threatens to destroy productivity levels in the CNN Travel office for the next week.
GeoGuessr.com throws up five random images from Google Street View and asks you to pinpoint them on a map.
You get scored depending on how far away you are -- the closer your guess, the more points you rack up.
It’s a bit like “Man Vs Wild” for mouse clickers. You get dropped in to a strange, often wild place, and have to navigate the area till you find civilization.
Only instead of Bear Grylls vine-swinging through jungles, eating frogs and whip spiders, it’s pasty office rivals accusing each other of cheating while munching on Starbucks muffins.
Be prepared for reflex vocals along the lines of “Whaaa?” when you drop your pin into what is definitely, unquestionably rural Mexico, only to be told you were actually looking at a field in Hunan Province, China.
And be prepared to be lambasted if you spend too long scrolling through every image till you see a giveaway road sign.
“(Unnaturally descriptive expletive deleted) cheaters -- I want the record to show that my score was pure -- though I admit to playing about 20 times to get it,” said Chuck Thompson, CNN Travel’s editorial director, on hearing the news his PB was only good enough for third place.
Nothing like a bit of hateful competition between friends.
The CNNI league table currently looks like this:
- Jason Kwok, design and photo editor: 16,311
- Andrew Demaria, executive producer: 15,605
- Chuck Thompson, supervising producer: 12,804
- Maggie Wong, associate producer: 12,474
- Hilary Whiteman, senior producer: 11,532
- Karla Cripps, digital producer: 11,518
- James Durston, senior producer: 11,355
- Frances Cha, digital producer: 9,812
What’s your score? Put it in the comments box and tell us what you think of the game.