Google's Smarty Pins turns Maps into a game that tests your trivia and geography skills
Geography fans take note: Google has laid down the cartographical gauntlet. The company recently introduced a Google Maps-based game called Smarty Pins that pits your knowledge of global geography against time and Google's endless pot of knowledge.
To answer the question correctly you must drop a Google Maps pin on the correct location. Questions range from simple ones like "Where does Vladimir Putin run his government?" to more challenging ones like the modern city successor to Lutetia (hint: Eiffel Tower).
The points system is based on miles (or kilometers depending on your location). You start out with 1000 miles. Get the answer right and you keep your miles, and if you answer correctly fast enough you'll earn bonus miles. The game also lets you earn bronze, silver, and gold pins as you correctly answer questions.
Get a question wrong, however, and you lose miles based on how far away your pin is from the correct answer. If you run out of miles, your game will not only be over, but you'll make Pegman cry (how could you?).
If you just start a game, Google will select random questions from a variety of categories including Arts & Culture, Science & Geography, Sports & Games, Entertainment, History & Current Events. There's also a featured topics category that currently includes questions about March Madness and the World Cup.
For anyone worried about their sports and history trivia chops, you can choose a game based solely on one of the above categories.
To get you started, Google jumps to the general location of the answer, but it's up to you to drop you pin in the right place. Depending on the question the answer could be a country, city, or even a neighborhood.
It's a fun, fast-paced game for anyone that loves maps. Once you've proven you've got smarty pins you can boast of your victories on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter .
[via The Next Web]