Geography games have been on the internet for some time now, but none that I’ve encountered thus far achieve the level of presentation as Globetrotter XL. The approach is fast-paced & challenging, and makes for one of the best casual Coffee Break games imaginable. Why? Because even passersby seem to get drawn into the challenge. In fact, it’s even more fun when a small group of ‘experts’ gather round the screen. And what a fine way to brush up on this oft neglected subject area than with a quick little five minute browser game.
Here’s how it works. Each level starts out with a point threshold and set number of cities on which you’ll be quizzed. You’re then presented with a blank map of the world and nothing more than country borders to guide you. A city name pops up and your job is to place the flag marker as close to the spot you think that city is located. The closer you get the more points you earn toward beating the level. Conversely, the further away you place the flag the less points you earn, and so on. After using up the allocated number of cities your points are tallied up to determine whether you’ve earned enough to move on to the next level. Everything I’ve just described is presented in a pleasant graphical format (in the form of progress bars) that’s easy to follow. It’ll make more sense after playing once or twice. Once you progress to the next level more points are going to be required and you’ll be given more cities (chosen at random) to tackle.
Don’t be fooled by the simplistic presentation of this game as most first timers won’t find it a pushover. You’d be hard pressed to make it to level three in the first several plays. Personally, I’ve only really gotten anywhere from playing enough times to start remembering cities that have come up in previous attempts. So be warned: You will learn something from playing this game. I’m sorry. It’s inevitable. With a limited amount of time (about 13 seconds) to pick a spot the pacing is fast…too fast to cheat using an Atlas – not that the idea crossed anyone’s mind right?
I’ve said it before, I’m not a huge fan of Casual games in general; but it seems there’s an increasing number of stellar Casual titles coming out these days. Globetrotter XL is yet another fine example of this trend.
Designer: Manfred Weber (dschini.org)
Format: Browser (Flash) Game, Portable Exe
File Size: 6.2 MB
Control Scheme: Mouse
Version Played: 1.0
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