Smarty Pins By Google Maps is an Addictively Simple Geography-Testing Game

By: Alyson Wyers - Jul 8, 2014
References: smartypins.withgoogle & theverge
Google Maps is an endlessly helpful tool, and now it can also help you improve your geographical knowledge through its Smarty Pins game. 'Putting trivia on the map,' Smarty Pins asks simple questions about a particular city or place and you have to drop a pin on the correct location. The questions pertain to one of six categories players can pick, from entertainment to arts and culture. You begin the game with 1000 miles, which essentially mean points. If you drop a pin in the wrong place, Google takes away miles from you.

The simplistic but fun game might teach you a thing or two, plus it also provides an excellent way to waste time. As The Verge puts it, it's surprising Google didn't come up with the game sooner.