Playing GeoGames in Google Earth

We’ve seen a lot of games built on top of Google Earth over the past few years, including some great ones such as GE War, Ships, Helicopters and the Apollo 11 Moon Lander.
Today we have a new game from CyberCity3D, who last month showed off a slick new map for Vixen’s L.A. Happy Hours. This latest game is part of their new site: GeoGames3D.com.

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The scavenger hunt-style game itself isn’t too exciting, but it’s very well crafted. You use a variety of clues to search around the city for prize boxes. As long as you’re comfortable with the Google Earth controls, moving around to find the clues can be a fun little adventure. They also include “lifelines” to fly you there automatically if you get stuck.
The great part is that they’re offering real prizes to those that win, including some $5 Starbucks and Subway gift cards. They’re not huge prizes, but they’re a fun little reward for spending a few minutes playing a game!
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Head out to GeoGames3D.com and try their first game, titled “Globe Quest”. Be on the look out for more games coming from them soon, and you can join their Facebook Page to stay in the loop when new games are released.
For more, check out their press release below:

CyberCity 3D™, a 3D modeling and social website company based in El Segundo, CA is getting into gaming— scavenger hunt style.

The Company’s new spin-off, GeoGames 3D, designs and runs geography-based games incorporating the Google™ earth/maps API plug-in. GeoGames 3D™ announces the games on its Facebook™ page and website; its sponsors also plug the games on their websites, Facebook and blog pages.

Players go to the GeoGames 3D landing page and click on a featured game, then run against the clock to decipher clues to secret locations on the 3D map. Each location contains a billboard with part of a secret code needed to win a prize. Those who get stumped can grab a ‘lifeline’, which will ‘fly’ them to the location. The first players to finish and input the complete code as well as the fastest overall players win prizes. Some sponsors also offer discount ‘deal’ coupons.

“Our 3D GeoGames compliment our 3D maps and location applications featured on our social portals. The Google™ earth/maps API is a great platform for this,” states CyberCity 3D CEO Kevin DeVito.

Players need a little navigation experience on Google™ earth, but the site offers a tutorial practice game along with information on current and upcoming games.

“We’re starting the games on a more basic level, but plan to push the learning curve as we increase the number of players and their skill sets soar,” says DeVito. “We want to keep it fun, and add to the value by offering discount coupons to players, too.”

GeoGames 3D’s premiere client, the Hyatt Regency Valencia in Santa Clarita, CA, kicks off the New Year this Tuesday with a game offering free Sunday brunches to winners as well as 50 percent off brunch coupons. In the initial games, GeoGames 3D will also offer $5 gift cards to national chains for players outside Southern California.

CyberCity 3D is in negotiations with additional national and local sponsors, and plans to run games on a weekly basis for now, with its target on faster, daily games as momentum and player skills grow. The Company also offers social maps to its gamer clients as well as mobile applications.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



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