A Google-Powered Map Game

I’ve posted those interactive geography games and quizzes before, and I’ve posted Google Maps-based sites before, but I think that Find the Landmark is the first map game that is powered by Google Maps (rather than Flash). Here’s how Geoff Menegay, who developed it, described it to me:

A game that tests your knowledge of famous landmarks, and a few obscure ones. Also tests your ability to zoom and pan a Google Map to find the landmark in record time. Once you get tired of playing, you can spread the joy by submitting your own landmark for other people to try.

In practice, this is fiendishly difficult — almost too difficult. The user-submitted landmarks are sometimes so precise that you can’t find them unless you know the area by heart. It’s like Scavengeroogle or GoogleEarthing, but on a timer.