MapTag is a game where you try to figure out where in the world you are!
Q: Well, how *do* I figure out where I am?
The types of vehicles, the way people are dressed, road markers, terrain, and business signs will give you
an idea of what country you're in. Street signs, highway signs and landmarks will get a more exact location. Use all the
tools the web has to offer, such as search engines and of course Google Maps.
Q: I'm out in the middle of nowhere.
You can keep driving through Street View until you see something ... or you can just mark any old place and start a new
game with a different random location. Or you can try one of the themed games ("Themes") - these are mostly in urban areas and
are a little easier. Or you can click "More Games" for a visual list of saved games and 10-minute (easy) games.
Q: I think I know where I am. What do I do next?
Open the guessing map at the top right ("Guess"), zoom in, and click to place your marker on the map.
Then click "see how close you got" to get the answer. The closer you are, the higher your score. Try to get 1000!
Q: I got an error "Can't find a random location". :(
The game tries to pick a random latitude and longitude circular areas I defined where StreetView exists.
Some areas have a lot of water and there isn't a StreetView within 9000m. If it doesn't find one within 15 tries,
you get this message. Reload the page and it'll give it another shot.
author: Andrea Chen (fallinghawks at gmail)
all kinds of assistance: Brian Slesinsky
Lato font by Łukasz Dziedzic, SIL Open Font License, 1.1
May 2013. Due to the increasing number of user-added panorama shots, it's harder to get a game where you can navigate.
I added a check for the StreetView copyright info. If it's not Google's, it won't be used. This may lead to an increased
failure to find a viable StreetView and having to reload the page (for a random game) or retry a themed game.
The probability of landing in a major city has been increased.
A new theme has been added -- "New to the City." These should be fairly easy games.
No game by that name found. Starting a random game.