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Ilike2learn.com has a series of simply-wrought yet wonderfully mind-bending Map quizzes: check out North America if you're looking for a confidence booster, relive forth-grade geography by going through state capitals or impress friends with your knowledge of the European Peninsula. Find out how little you know about Africa and Asia, then peruse the mind-fuck that is Oceania. Heck, they even have capitals, oceans, lakes, rivers and mountains for the truly adventurous. The world's a big place!
posted by ignorantguru (25 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
Eastasia has always scored 100% on Oceania.
posted by mathis23 at 11:15 AM on March 22, 2008 [2 favorites]


Missed that pesky Canada...
posted by cgomez at 11:16 AM on March 22, 2008


El Salvador kicked my ass.
posted by cashman at 11:19 AM on March 22, 2008


I don't see Soviet Canuckistan anywhere....
posted by blue_beetle at 11:22 AM on March 22, 2008


Obligatory Comic Sans complaint.
posted by BeerFilter at 11:31 AM on March 22, 2008


Scene: ski resort hot tub, circa 1994.
Kid I don't know: "Want to learn some state capitals?"
Me: "No."
Fin.

But I kicked ass on the state capitals quiz anyway. Awesome.
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 11:39 AM on March 22, 2008


I got 98% on the Europe one, and I would have gotten 100% if I had stuck rigidly to my plan of pausing before every click and double-checking that I was on the right spot and thinking of the right country. But I let my guard down and clicked too hastily and lost a point when I clicked on Montenegro thinking it was Macedonia. Damn these similar-sounding Balkan states!

Also, Kazakhstan is not in Europe, I don't care how you slice it.
posted by languagehat at 11:41 AM on March 22, 2008


Nice, but I prefer these.
posted by saladin at 12:00 PM on March 22, 2008


Manama is the capital of...

Oman? ...shit.
Yemen? ...shit.
Armenia? ...shit.
Cyprus? ...shit.
Azerbaijan? ...shit.
Georgia? ...shit.
Syria? ...GODDAMNIT I QUIT
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 12:01 PM on March 22, 2008


There's money in this. *Pours box of Corn Flakes on table*
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 12:09 PM on March 22, 2008


I'm a geography nerd, but my knowledge of Pacific islands is seriously lacking. This is a good way to study (the Traveler IQ challenge, while fun, is better at testing what you already know).
posted by komilnefopa at 12:19 PM on March 22, 2008


My eventual response, similar to those above, was, "I h8 2 learn."

What irks me most is the way the maps appear to be somehow skewed or rotated or morphed so the scale is all wonky and it's harder to find things.
posted by Sys Rq at 12:25 PM on March 22, 2008


Best I can say about Europe and Asia-- well, I've *heard* of all those countries... (did I miss something? What happened to Yugoslavia? It what? He what? Oh.)
posted by nax at 12:48 PM on March 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


Pfft... amateurs. The PurposeGames geoquizzes are clearly the best, and by far the most aesthetically pleasing. And as for world map quizzes, nothing is more challenging than the one at Gamedesign.jp.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that your favorite online geography quiz game sucks.
posted by Rhaomi at 12:51 PM on March 22, 2008


I think getting Luxembourg first kind of ends the game for me...
posted by Picklegnome at 1:13 PM on March 22, 2008


After following Rhaomi's first link, I found a fun one: Dunder Mifflin -- Scranton.
posted by brain_drain at 1:41 PM on March 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


What irks me most is the way the maps appear to be somehow skewed or rotated or morphed.
You mean like every other map you've ever seen? Presumably you mean that they're skewed/rotated/morphed differently from the way you're used to.
posted by agentofselection at 2:04 PM on March 22, 2008


You mean like every other map you've ever seen? Presumably you mean that they're skewed/rotated/morphed differently from the way you're used to.

You mean the earth isn't flat?
posted by Sys Rq at 2:17 PM on March 22, 2008


Sys Rq: You mean the earth isn't flat?

Please be respectful of my religious views.

Also, that Dunder Mifflin game (thanks, brain_drain) was really fun because it was tricky to translate the info I've gathered from watching (too much of) the show onto a map of the office, which is a way in which I'd never seen it presented before.
posted by PhatLobley at 2:26 PM on March 22, 2008


Geosense lets you play against siblings. And lose badly.
posted by snickerdoodle at 3:05 PM on March 22, 2008


thought process "hmm.. which one's armenia? ok, it's one of these 2 next to georgia.. I'll go with the one with the most exposure to turkey since if I'm gonna slaughter a population I'll probably do the one closest by... phew, right answer"
posted by Space Coyote at 3:29 PM on March 22, 2008


I'm really handicapped by age here: I spent years in Europe before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and while I know that 'Belarus' is, in fact, one of those places beyond the Iron Curtain, I don't have the foggiest idea where it is.

Mind you, this doesn't explain why I clicked on Turkey for Hungary, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
posted by jrochest at 4:58 PM on March 22, 2008


Halfway through my second beer, these got really difficult.
posted by nax at 6:19 PM on March 22, 2008


This helped me ace my basic geography class during the summer. Good example of a game as a teaching tool.
posted by andendau at 7:02 PM on March 22, 2008


I just wanted to say that I have been playing these games on and off for the past few days, and that I now know the locations of all the African countries. Except Malawi. I always miss Malawi, for some reason.

Thanks, ignorantguru!
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 5:51 PM on March 24, 2008


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