Google Earth is more than just a 3D map of the Earth. Between the cool data and the sophisticated interfaces to connect back end servers with Google Earth, it’s only natural games have been developed as well. Here are the best games I’ve seen with Google Earth over the last three years:
Flight Simulator– Google themselves added perhaps the best game as a built-in feature: did you know there’s a flight simulator in Google Earth? Read some tips on starting and using the flight simulator, and here is a video for watching it in action.
DND Game – You can actually play a role-playing dungeons and dragons game on top of Google Earth. The game is a multiplayer game in which you go and fight monsters found across the planet. Read more.
Mars Sucks – This game places you in a space ship and you find aliens based on clues and blast them with your big guns. Read more.
Football – This game lets you play an American Football game within Google Earth. Read more.
Battleship – This was a really cool idea for a game where you would mix going in the real world with a cell phone with Google Earth to play a battleship game. Unfortunately not available to play now. Read more.
Where in the World – Each month, Google puts out a free newsletter which has a puzzle game. They give you a screenshot of a place on Earth, and you have to find where on the Earth it was taken. See a recent example, and you can see all the issues of the newsletter here.
National Geographic Geography Quiz – As part of National Geography Awareness Week, National Geographic made this cool quiz in Google Earth. You can try the quiz here (a local copy, their link is broken at the moment). Read more.
Fun and Games – The Google Earth Community has a whole forum dedicated to games in Google Earth. This is mostly guessing games similar to the newsletter, but it’s played in a forum and some of the puzzles are much more sophisticated. Read more.
Geo Whiz – Yet another geography quiz game, this one is more interactive. It also uses the Google Earth plugin (Windows only for now). Check it out.