Tuesday, September 10, 2013

5 Amazing Google Maps Driving Games

Before grabbing the wheel and setting off on your virtual drive around Google Maps why not consider also playing some of these other non-driving Top Google Maps Games.

1. 2D Driving Simulator

The 2D Driving Simulator allows you to take control of either a car, a truck or a coach and drive anywhere in the world.

The simulator includes some nice details, such as turn signals and a large steering wheel. There isn't really any game play involved in the 2D Driving Simulator but the neat sense of scale of the vehicles allows you to follow roads and even practice your parking skills in parking lots around the world.

2. PlanetInAction

Once you have got the handle of driving a car on Google Maps you can progress to flying a helicopter, sailing a ship or even landing an Apollo 11 Moon Lander with the Google Earth browser plug-in.

The PlanetInAction games allow you to take control of a number of vehicles in Google Earth's 3D environment. Each game involves it's own series of challenges, including learning how to control each vehicle and completing a number of missions.

3. See-Seek

See-Seek is another Google Earth browser plug-in game that allows you to take over the controls of a number of vehicles. Your choice of vehicles this time includes a helicopter, a Cesna, a yacht and even a submarine.

4. Gaiagi 3D Driving Simulator

There really isn't any game-play involved in The Gaiagi 3D Driving Simulator but it does include a wonderful combination of a number of different map views. The simulator includes Google Maps, Google Earth, Street View and even a Bing Maps view.

Enter a starting point and a destination and just sit back and watch as the simulator drives the route for you whilst all the different map views update to provide you with a great preview of the route.

Update - Unfortunately number five on the list of the top 5 Google Maps Driving Games has been discontinued. The game Real World Racer used the Google Maps API v2 - which Google no longer supports.

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