If you’ŕe a lover of cartography, then Google’s latest effort Smarty Pins is probably something you want to check out.
Smarty Pins is a trivia game based on maps that Google has just released, involving you moving the Map Pin to a particular location based on a trivia question. The Trivia questions are based on one of six topics : Featured Topics, Arts & Culture, Science & Geography, Sports & Games, Entertainment and History & Current Events.
The game is simple, you start with a stash of KMs and for every question you answer, if you’re right, you gain bonus points. If you’re wrong, the distance in kilometres is deducted from your score.
Get answers right and the game answers with a quip: ‘Remarkable! Did you major in Georgraphy or just minor in Luck?’ Answer the question wrong, depending on how far out you are and it can answer pretty harshly: ‘Wrong but at least you’re on the right continent. That’s something, yeah?’
Cool little game and seems to be a little more fun than other games based on Google Maps which have sprung up from non-Google sources mainly using StreetView. Games like LocateStreet and MapCrunch. Try out Smarty Pins and see what you think.