Sunday, June 05, 2022

The Best Wordle Like Map Games

The pace of new Wordle inspired map and geography games shows no signs of abating. EOGuesser is the latest daily geography challenge which is obviously inspired in part by the now famous word game.

The objective of EOGuessser is to guess the correct location shown in a satellite image. You have three attempts to guess the correct location. The closer you get to the correct location the more points you win. After each guess you are told if you are in the correct hemisphere and in the correct quadrant of the world map. You are also told how far away you have guessed from the correct location. 

A new location is available every day! Each satellite image is chosen from EOX's Sentinel-2 Cloudless Satellite Map of the world.

Every day Pointle shows you a new panoramic Street View image, taken from Google Maps. All you have to do is guess where in the world the Street View image was taken. To indicate your answer you just need to click on the correct location on an interactive map. After each guess (if you have guessed incorrectly) an arrow and a distance score tell you in which direction and how far you need to travel for the correct answer.

You have six attempts to find the correct location of the random Street View. If you get it wrong don't worry, there is a new Pointle Street View challenge every day.

Pointle isn't the first Street View based riff on the Wordle theme. Wheredle is another daily game which requires you to identify a location based on its Google Street View image.

The goal of Wheredle is to identify a new U.S. state every day from a random image taken from Google Maps Street View. Fans of GeoGuessr will be familiar with the basic concept of both Pointle and Wheredle. Using contextual clues, such as street signs, landmarks and the natural terrain, you need to guess in which state the displayed Street View was captured by Google. 

If you enjoy Pointle and Wordle and can't be bothered to wait 24 hours for a new game then you should try playing the popular GeoGuessr Street View game. 

Urble is a little different to the other geography games in this list. Mainly because Urble requires you to guess a country while watching a video. In the video a new city (displayed as a small square) appears every 5 seconds until there are 10 dots on the screen. The aim of the game is identify the country just by recognizing the geography of its ten largest cities. 

Every time a new Urble is created it is posted to Twitter - @undertheraedar. You can also view all the videos posted so far on The Urble Archive too. The answer to each Urble game is always revealed 5 seconds before the end of each video. You can pause the video after the ten dots have appeared if you need a little extra time to guess the correct answer.

Countyle is another fun Wordle inspired geography guessing game. The object in this game is to identify the mystery country in the fewest number of attempts. After each incorrect guess in Countryle you are given a number of clues based on your answer. 

The first clue tells you if your guess is in the correct or incorrect continent. The second clue informs you as to whether the correct country has a larger or smaller population than your guess. An arrow shows in which direction you need to move on a map to reach the correct country. The fourth clue tells you if you are in the correct hemisphere or not. The final clue tells you if the country you guessed is hotter or colder than the correct country.

There is a new country to guess every day.

Globle is yet another daily geography challenge which requires you to guess a designated country of the world. Each time that you guess a country it is colored in on a globe to show how close you are to today's country. The deeper the shade of red then the hotter (or closer) you are to guessing the correct country.

Every day there is a new mystery country for you to guess. Your aim every day is to guess the mystery country using the fewest number of guesses. 


Worldle is yet another daily geography challenge. This game requires you to name a country from just its map outline. Like the original Wordle game you have six goes in which to find the right answer. And, like Wordle, there is only one game to play every day.

Where Worldle differs a lot from Wordle is in the clues given after each answer. Instead of green and yellow squares Worldle uses arrows and percentages to help you get to the correct answer from your incorrect guesses. After each guess, you are told the distance you were from the correct country, the direction you need to move on a map and the proximity of your guess to the target country. With just these clues it should be possible to work out the correct answer within the permitted six guesses (particularly if like me you cheat and use a world map).

Wardle is another Wordle inspired game. This one requires you to name the UK local authority area from its map outline. To aid you in your quest after each guess, you are told the distance you need to travel to reach the correct ward, the direction you need to travel and the proximity from your guess to the target area. This game should come with a warning for non-UK players, as you really need a very detailed knowledge of UK geography to win this game.

My own (not so good) Worlde game is a clone of Josh Wardle's original Wordle game. My game however requires you to guess the names of countries and major global cities rather than words from the dictionary. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You should add too