A great way to increase your geographic knowledge is to play geography and map games online. You can learn a lot by playing games that showcase various locations around the world.
From multiple-choice geography quizzes to more interactive world map games with Google Street View, we’ve put together a list of great online geography games that will quickly turn you into a geography expert.
The release of the viral word game, Wordle, spawned an avalanche of other games inspired by the everyday puzzle, including Worldle. In this game, you have six tries to guess the correct country or territory based on its shape. For each attempt, Worldle will tell you how far your estimate is from the target country in kilometers and within a percentage of proximity that increases as you get closer to the correct answer.
Just like Wordle, a new game is available every day, and there is no need to install an app. Access Worldle in any web browser.
Globle will really test your knowledge of geography. Guess a new mystery land every day. You don’t get any hints to start with, but each incorrect guess will appear on the globe. “The warmer the color, the closer you are to the answer.”
Similar to Worldle, it will tell you how far your best guess is from the border of the mystery land. Play it every day and soon you will get familiar with every country in the world.
Sasha Slutsker created Citydle. She says, “It’s a daily city guessing game similar to Wordle.” You will immediately notice the similarities. First, guess a city. If your proposal turns grey, it means that your answer is in the wrong country and the wrong continent. If your guess turns orange, you will know that you have the correct continent, but the country is wrong. If your answer turns yellow, the country is correct, but the city you guessed is wrong. A guess that turns green is correct.
For each attempt, Citydle will also tell you how far your answer is from the correct answer. We have found this one to be one of the more difficult world geography games.
Entrepreneur Siimon Sander came to Maphio after playing – you guessed it, he – Wordle. When we asked him what inspired him to create Maphio, he replied that he had wondered: “What if we were inspired by Wordle and plugged in images from around the world, and instead that people guess the words, they would guess the places? Soon the interactive game, Maphio, was born.
The correct answer could be anywhere on the world map. You find clues as you move. You don’t need to know the name of the country – just click on the map to choose a location to guess. A different game is available every day.
With over 30 million users worldwide, GeoGuessr is one of the most popular free online geography games available. You will be dropped off in a Street View panorama. Scan the scene or walk around to find clues that will help you determine where you are, then guess your location on the map. You could be anywhere from South America to Oceania!
A cool feature is that you can choose a category like North America or Famous Places. Geoguessr’s interface is sleek and neat, and in addition to the browser-based version, it’s available for iPhone and Android. Or check out GeoGuess, an open source alternative that you can host yourself.
Sporcle is a quiz and trivia website that offers tons of geography quiz games. If you like map quizzes, try their Find the Countries of the World quiz. If you love flags of the world, see if you can match a country’s old flag to its new one.
Sporcle organizes the quizzes into categories, and you can search for exactly the type of quiz you want, from US state capitals to currencies to bodies of water.
RubyCave’s Flags game is about identifying flags. You have 30 seconds to guess which country the flag represents. If you choose to create an account, you can upload your score and earn medals.
According to Wikipedia, “The Degree Confluence Project is an all-volunteer, World Wide Web-based project that aims to have people visit each of the intersections in whole degrees of latitude and longitude on Earth, posting photographs and a story of each online visit. ”
In this related game, you must guess the location of a degree confluence point based on the physical features you see in its photo. To guess, enter a latitude and longitude.
Children and adults wonder, “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” for decades. The character has starred in TV shows and video games since the original video game launched in 1985. These days, Carmen can be found in several Google Earth, Google Expeditions, and Roblox geography games.
The website has an excellent Resources section with activities perfect for homeschoolers. Additionally, for teachers, Google Expeditions allow the teacher to be the guide for students exploring an area via virtual reality.
JetPunk is another quiz site that offers tons of geography quizzes. We particularly liked the countries of the world with an empty map quiz where you have to name all the countries of the world. When you name a country, it appears on the map and in a list. You only have fifteen minutes to think of 196 countries.
Posio is a multiplayer geography game where you have to locate cities on a map. After making your guess, you’ll see your answer, the correct answer, and the closest answer someone guessed.
Building bridges with geography
A little knowledge of geography can go a long way in bonding with people from all over the world. As Siimon Sander, creator of Maphio, said, “It’s a great conversation starter if you know a few other cities in a small country rather than just a capital!”