Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The Quiz From Above

Quartz has put together a fun quiz which requires you to identify locations around the world from their satellite images. While the game won't win any prizes for originality it is one of the better made games using this now well known format.

One of the biggest problems with asking people to guess the locations depicted in a series of satellite views is in the choice of images. There is always the danger in these types of quiz in picking locations which are either so obscure that most people will be unable to identify the locations or so obvious that there is little skill involved in getting the correct answer.

The View From Above seem to have got the balance of obscure and more recognizable locations just about right. They have also succeeded in putting together a collection of visually appealing and beautiful satellite views. It also helps that The View From Above gives you a choice of two answers for each question, so even if you don't have a clue to the location depicted, you still have a 50% chance of getting an answer right.
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