Google Maps Help Find City Quizzes, Dylan Trivia, Garage Sales
Google Maps APIs let developers create all kinds of cool Web pages for interactive fun. Here are some of the latest innovative sites.Online maps bring a world of adventure with the help of Google Maps APIs that are used by developers around the world to create interesting, compelling and fun-to-use Websites. With that in mind, it's time for another eWEEK roundup of some of the coolest sites recently discovered online that incorporate Google Maps APIs and use maps in different ways.
Brain Challenge: Identify Cities Through MapsIt shouldn't be very hard to identify a city by seeing an overheard map view of it, should it? It sure sounds easy, doesn't it? Well, if you're so smart, you should try out the Map Race game, where visitors are shown an aerial map photo and asked to identify its location. The tough part is if that first view is a very up-close view of an area, which makes it tough to spot. So then you can pan out to see more of the image, but then you are hit with a time penalty each time for needing a hint. Man, it can be frustrating. Oh, but it can be fun and very addictive, too. Visitors can use a drop-down menu that gives hints and multiple choices in the "easy" and "medium-hard" versions of the game, but if you think you are ready for the "hard" version, you'd better be up to the task because you only get one single hint to help you along the way.
The game was the brainchild of Henry Reich, who came up with the idea for Map Race during the 2012 Olympics when he was exploring the great cities of Europe from a friend's living room, according to the Website.