Imagine you are dropped somewhere in the world virtually, into a Google Street View panorama, and you must guess where you are.

Your mission is to find clues and guess your location on the world map.

Players of the game Geoguessr  are confronted by a section of Google Street View and challenged to work out where the picture was taken – trying to be faster than their opponents. It takes deduction and skill.

You can get a taste of it here:

There are two game modes, single player without a time limit or multiplayer. The closer a guess is to where the picture was taken, the more points you score.

GeoGuessr has been around since 2013 and, according to the developer, has about 30 million players worldwide.

The arrival of Covid, which postponed of a lot of real-life travel plans, may have boosted GeoGuessr’s popularity. Virtual travel eliminates airport queues, among other things, though you can’t beat being there – which entails real travel.

Written by Peter Needham