City Guesser is a geography quiz game designed to test users geography knowledge. The way City Guesser works is simple: you are provided with a short video footage of a specific location and you are to make a guess about the name of that location using the provided map. City Guesser supports both individual and multiplayer game modes allowing users to compete against friends and players from all around the world.
The idea behind City Guesser, as explained by its creator, is to provide people with a way to explore the world through virtual video travel. Since its launch on August 13th, 2020, City Guesser has witnessed a huge popularity especially among geography enthusiasts.
City Guesser is totally free and does not require any sign up or software download. As a teacher, you can use the geography game City Guesser to develop students geographical literacy, sharpen their mapping skills, improve their spacial awareness, and boost their cultural literacy. The multiplayer mode is especially helpful and students can use it to compete in groups to solve geography based quizzes.
City Guesser offers a wide variety of maps that you can use to play the location-guessing game. Some of these maps include:
- Busy Places Map: Players try to guess the locations of some of the most crowded streets around the world.
- Major Cities Map: Guess the name of locations that have over 5000.000 population.
- Coastal Cities Map: Players guess the names of cities bordering the ocean
- Capital Cities Map: Players guess the names of capital cities
- Snowy Landscapes: Players guess the names of snow-covered locations
- Fast Food Map is where players guess the name of locations based on fast food names and signs
- Worldwide Map: Players are provided with locations from all around the world and are to guess their locations in the map.
- USA Map: Players guess the names of locations within the United States
- Europe Map: Players guess the names of areas within Europe
- City Map: Players guess the names of cities from all around the world
- Countries Map Players guess the names of locations from the following countries: Poland, Philippines, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Germany, China, Turkey, Spain, Thailand, Argentina, Australia, United Kingdom, Brazil, India, Japan, France, Russia, Canada, and United States.
- Monuments Map: Players guess the names of locations based on the featured monument.
How to play City Guesser?
Head over to City Guesser, choose an option (e.g, a city, a monument, a country, etc) and click to enter. Watch the displayed video and focus on clues embedded in the recording. To make a guess, click on Start Guessing button at the bottom of the screen and use the map to mark the location. Use the + and – buttons to zoom in and out.
Click on the name of the location within the map to mark your answer then click on Guess. City Guesser will provide you with feedback about your answer. To play another guess, click on Next button or click on Home to go back to City Guesser’ s homepage.
Watch this quick demo to see how City Guesser works:
Helpful tips for playing City Guesser
Use the following tips to help you make correct guesses:
- Pay attention to the language spoken in the background of the video. Recognizing the language spoken will help in knowing the place, but language alone is not enough.
- Focus on signage (e.g., road signs and banners). They can provide clues about the city they are in.
- Check for license plates. These are clues that reveal states and provinces
- Business signs and flags can also help you determine locations.
- Pay attention to building architecture, weather, people’s dress code, etc.
City Guesser multiplayer gamemode enables you to play against friends and geography enthusiasts from all around the world. You can either create a private room where you invite friends or students and play together.
As the moderator of the room you get to control the settings of the game, for instance time per guess, number of rounds, and measurement unit (e.g., miles or kilometres). When you create a private room, copy and share the generated link with your friends or students so that they can join your room and start collective play.
Alternatively you can join a random group and play against users with different skill levels from all around the world.