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Windows Phone Game Review: Globe Trotter

Globe Trotter for Windows Phone

Globe Trotter is a Windows Phone game with a nice concept but not the best execution. Globe Trotter is a geographical trivia game that asks you to identify geographical locations on a map. Again, the concept is great but it fails in making the game challenging.

You have three gaming levels to Globe Trotter. The Amateur Level calls for you to identify a country, the Intermediate Level calls for you to find the capital city of the country, and the Expert Level directs you to identify various cities and countries.  To answer, just tap on the correct spot on the map. Each correct answer earns you points while each incorrect answer deducts points.

Globe Trotter

Now here's where the game falls short. Globe Trotter uses BING maps but does not remove the map labels. So if you are looking for Venezuela, the map clearly identifies which country is Venezuela. In a nutshell, the map gives you the answer to the trivia question.

I have no clue if you can remove the identification labels on BING maps but the labels seems to take away the challenge of learning your geography.  Maybe I'm missing something but it just doesn't seem right for a trivia game to have the answers are staring you in the face.  You do have to be in the ball park (or Continent) but  I think Globe Trotter would be a more entertaining game if the map labels could be removed and players are required to answer based on their knowledge.  Maybe have them hidden for the more difficult levels?

I liked the concept behind Globe Trotter and can easily see the game as an educational tool as well as a trivia game.  But the developer needs to find a way to make it more challenging.  Globe Trotter is a free game for your Windows Phone and you can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Globe Trotter

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Thought the same thing as soon as I tried it.
Suggestions: (I hope he reads this)
1. Use blank maps with only political boundaries.
2. For intermediate have a map of the country already loaded and then ask the user to pin point the capital.

You can't remove labels from the Bing maps.  Bing, like Google, caches their maps at several different scales for use on the web.  The game developer would have to either find a blank map that is served like Bing or Google, or create and host one themselves.

@ WPCentral
Thank you for reviewing my application. It is the first version, so yes i expected some loops holes from it, also I didnt have a device in hand to test it out, it was entirely developed on the Emulator.
@ arrow22
I had initially only published in the US, I have now set it as Worldwide in all market. Try again in a few days, I am sure you will find it in ur market.
@JCCR90, jdhutch
I know that the Bing Maps' Labels are an issue, and there is no direct way to disable them. I will still try to find a solution for this. But in actual sense, when I was developing the game what I thought was labels are actually helpful in the Intermediate & Expert level. The amateur level is for beginners where in they have no idea where the countries are on the map. The problem is in Expert & Intermediate, where in for example if it asks you to find "Guinea Bissau"  it will be very difficult if the labels arent there. Coz you will first have to know that it is in Africa, and then find it.
If I am able to disable the labels, I will add a GodLike level where in labels will also be disabled.
Thank you all, for your involvement in making this app better. This is the basic version, more will surely come in. I am getting a WP7 device soon, I will make the interface better, based on my experience.
Any more ideas, are surely welcomed.
Thanks
Shoaib Merchant