Find the Landmark FAQ

How do I play?

At the top of the page is the name of the landmark that you're supposed to find. By default, it's random, but you can choose specific ones through the category menu or from the high scores page. Scroll and zoom the map so that you can see the landmark, and then click on it. If you're right, the timer will stop and the game will tell you how long it took for you to find the landmark. If you're close but not sure, click "turn hinting on" to see if you're getting hotter or colder. If you're stumped, click on "show solution".

I clicked on the landmark, but nothing happened.

Are you sure you clicked on the landmark? Some of them are very precise and difficult to pinpoint. Sometimes, though, the landmark is wrong. Click on "show solution" to see where it's defined. If it's wrong, click "Flag landmark for review" and choose "Incorrect".

The game is too hard.

It wouldn't be much of a game if it were easy, would it? Actually, there are a variety of landmarks to hunt down, and some are tougher than others. If you want a rough idea of how hard each landmark is, go to the high scores page and sort on the "Average Time" column. In general, the ones with short average times are easier than the ones with long average times.

It's too slow.

If you're using Firefox, try switching to Internet Explorer. IE is better suited to some of the features of Google Maps that the game uses.

There are 8 Space Needles (Fenway Parks, Eiffel Towers, etc...)

I know. It sucks. One of these days, I'll go through them all, pick the best one, and kill the others.

Is the site finished? It keeps changing.

Like everything on the web, this site is in a perpetual state of "beta". I'm doing my best to keep the site interesting and fun, and that means perpetually improving and adding features.

This would be great for teachers.

I know! There's a lot of work to do until it's ready for that, but I'm working on it. Meanwhile, if you're a teacher who might like to use the game, I'd love to talk. Drop me an email here.

-geoff