Test Your Geography Knowledge With This Google Maps Game

Smarty Pins is a new online trivia game that works inside Google Maps. It's basically pin the tail on the donkey for geography nerds. If you consider yourself worldly and well-traveled, stop looking smug and put your pin where you mouth is!

I used to be rubbish at Geography in high school. It was one of those subjects that my brain refused to wrap itself around, no matter how diligently I studied the class atlas or spinny plastic globe. A few rounds of Smarty Pins has revealed that I haven't improved with age. Tch.

The aim of Smarty Pins is to answer geography questions within Google Maps. Players start with a "score" of 1000 miles and start dropping pins where they think the correct answer is. If you’re wrong, Google calculates how far away your pin is from the correct answer and subtracts that from your 1000 miles. The game ends when you run out of miles. There's also a timer to keep players on their toes.

Players can choose to let Google randomly select a category for each question, or narrow it down to specific categories. The game is pretty addictive — especially if you love maps. Click here to try it for yourself.

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