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      03.05.2011 17:15
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      A very good game to play

      When I was a school child I used to find Geography interesting but not something I found exciting. I was on Facebook a few weeks ago and stumbled across this game named Geo Challenge. I never thought much to it at first but now I am slightly addicted.

      The game as you might have guessed is about geography and the world and you have to try and work out various parts of the world by playing four mini games.

      The first game is a flag guessing game. The idea is you have 1 minute of time and you have a few flags in front of you and above them is a country such as Argentina and you have to click on the correct flag for that country.

      If you get it correct you get a huge tick and if you're wrong the big Red Cross comes up. You do this until the time runs out but there is some good parts to this mini game. You get bonus scores for how quick you answer and if you build up combo scores you also get a bonus. If you get 5, 10, 20, 30 correct answers in a row you get bigger bonus scores. You also get extra 5 seconds added to your time once you get 10 correct as well.

      The flags do get more difficult after you hit 20 in a row or more and they can be tricky but if you keep playing you learn them very quickly.

      The second game is where you are given a list of four countries and you have this shape presented to you. This shape is basically a country and you have to pick the correct one. I have to admit I have found this extremely hard and hardly achieve a decent score but I do learn and keep trying.

      The countries as with the flags get trickier as you advance and the same bonus scores and extra time is added throughout this game as well.

      The third game involves you looking at an entire world map and you are given locations to find. You have to place this pin onto the map where you think this certain destination is and you have to find them quickly to achieve a good score. This is my favourite game because it is not too tricky even when it gets more difficult so this is a pretty good one for me. As with the previous games all times and scores are calculated the same way.

      The final game is trickier because this time you have a world map but your shown pictures of famous destinations. Places such as the Grand Canyon and Mount Fiji and you need to locate them on the map and it can be tricky. The biggest problem is trying to work out what the destination is and then trying to find it on the map so this is the most difficult game to have.

      At the end your score is calculated up and you're given a rating. This rating has something to do with geography such as a pilot and the higher the score the better overall rating you get.

      You also play for trophies as well and these can be located on the trophy page for you to investigate and currently I have 7 of those and it is tough to get some.

      The overall game for me is excellent because it is a challenge to enjoy but you also learn. I have learnt new flags and new destinations of famous places and that has to be something worth playing.

      I think the game works well with children because it can help them learn new skills and the game is not complicated at all. This is the sort of game a young child around 7 and above can play without a problem.
      I think the graphics are fine and at times the speed of the game can be hit and miss but this could be down to my computer speed or just the fact the game is going to slow for my computer.

      I have not found a single fault in the game except one problem which surfaces all the time and this is repetition. You can guarantee in the flag game Iran and Iraq will pop up usually and in the country guessing game Ukraine and Colombia do as well.

      I think the game could have more countries and places because if you did learn them all then you eventually have nothing else worth playing the game for. The trophies I think are an excellent way to make people return time and again.
      My final rating is 8 out of 10 for this game and it is free to play off course and easy to locate on the Facebook page.

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        08.03.2011 09:10
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        fun and smart game of facebook. must try !

        Geo Challenge is a facebook game application by PlayFish that challenges your knowledge about the world. It is a very fun game and such a useful time waster since by playing this game, you know many things that you didn't know before. This game is really easy to find. Simply log in to your facebook, and then search 'Geo Challenge'. There will be a facebook page of this game application and just click 'go to app', then be ready to play it!.

        This game is competitive since your score will be compared with scores of your friends on facebook who also play this game. Every score has its own meaning, for example, if you successfully got approximately 3500 for a score, it means that you will get a 'bus driver' bedge, with some comments writen. If you only successfully got 3500 for your score, the comment will be : "You have decent local knowledge, but you stick to the same routes and areas..", something like that. It is very funny though. However, you can collect until 37000 or more for the score.

        This game is divided into 4 rounds. The first round is called Suitcase Shuffle. In this round you will be challenged with your knowledge of Flags of countries from all over the world. Why is it called Suitcase Shuffle ?. Because the flags will be on the suitcase, and when the name of the country appears, we need to click on the suitcase on which the flag is attached. For example, I read the word United Kingdom, then I should quickly click on the suitcase on which the flag of United Kingdom is attached. As easy as that. I didn't find any difficulties playing this game, but I admit that I don't know the whole flags of countries all over the world, so I still met some troubles in this round. But if you play it frequently, I am able to ensure you that you can get a much better score.
        The second round is called 'Map Mayhem'. This is much harder than the previous round I think. In this round, the picture of some different shapes will appear, it will be unfamiliar thing to see at the first time, but after seconds, the whole picture will appear and in this moment we will know that actually those pictures are the map of some countries. All we have to do is guessing what country that is. If we like to see the map, we will notice what countries those pictures are. But again, if we play this game more than once, I am sure, for the next play, we're gonna remember more shapes and guess the pictures more often.
        The third round is called 'City Blitz'. I like this round the most compared with other rounds. In this round you will be shown the map of the world. Then the name of a city will appear one by one, and all you have to do is clicking the part in which this city is. For example, I was asked 'London', so all I have to do is click the part of that map where United Kingdom is. As simple as that. I got a highest score in this round. But wait until you see the last round.
        The last but not least round is 'Landmark Loco'. This is also interesting part of this game. You need to know some famous landmarks all over the globe and show where they are located. At the first time you will be shown a map of the world, then when a picture of a landmark is shown, you have to click the landmark's location. For example, you are shown a London Eye, then all you have to do is click 'London'.

        According to me, this game application is a very good time waster. When the first time I tried this application, I got a low score and if I compared with my firends' score, mine was the lowest. But after playing this game several times, I got a higher score, even almost the highest. From this game also, my knowledge about the world is developed significantly. I simply love this, this game is just uber cool!!.

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          22.02.2010 01:24
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          Great way to procastinate.

          Ever since facebook came into the picture I, like everyone else on the planet, have been wasting hours, maybe days, of precious time on it. One of my favourite ways of procastinating through facebook is to play the millions of games available. I get bored of each fairly quickly but while the obsession lasts I can think of little else. Geo Challenge is one of those games.

          Created by Playfish, the game tests geographical knowledge in four rounds of one minute each. In the first round you have to identify the flags of different countries, the second round gives the outline of a country from a map and you have to tell which country's map it is. In the third round you are given a map of the world on which you have to mark the location of different cities as the name flashes at the top of the screen. Similarly in the fourth round the names of different famous landmarks are given and you have to mark them on the map. The difficulty level rises as you get more and more answers correct in each round and the point, obviously, is to get the highest score possible. The fun part of the game is that you can compete with friends with the rankings in a bar at the bottom of the page telling you where you stand.

          The graphics are really good which is what attracted me to the game at first. It is also a lot of fun to test your knowledge and trust me, even if you are completely ignorant in the beginning, you'll soon get quite good at it. My knowledge has greatly increased because of this game and I know a LOT more than I did before. One big disadvantage is that your score depends greatly on the speed of your computer which is unfair. My score increased so dramatically when I tried it on a brand new laptop after a slow desktop that I was quite shocked. Also, there is only so much you can play before it gets boring. But if you're playing with a friend then the competition should keep you hooked as it did me.

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            29.11.2009 04:41
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            Great if you enjoy competing with your friends, whatever your level of knowledge!

            Geo Challenge is a facebook game in which you can pit your geographical knowledge against that of your friends. As with all Playfish games, it's nicely made and has a fun ranking system by which you can compare your scores with others.

            There are four rounds to a game, the first of which tests your knowledge of flags. You will have to match flags to country names as quickly and accurately as possible to get a good score. My knowledge of flags has increased hugely just by playing this game, so it actually really works as an educational game, too.

            The second round will probably take some getting used to. In this round, you have to match the name of a country to it's shape. Most people will get the first few, but it's surprisingly difficult to memorise the shapes of so many countries, especially since a lot are quite similar to one another! This is probably the most difficult round for people who already have a good knowledge of geography.

            Round three tests your knowledge of world cities. You will be asked to pinpoint various cities on a world map. This can also get quite difficult, but it's another round I personally have learnt a lot from!

            The final round is probably the most difficult for me. Once again you're putting pins in the world map, but this time you're pinpointing landmarks. You'll be shown a photograph of the landmark, and you have to pinpoint where in the world it is. Personally, I found that many of the photographs were not easy to recognise, and a lot of the landmarks were unfamiliar.

            All of the rounds have a way of helping you along if you're struggling; the longer you take to answer a question, the more clues you get to help you along. Obviously, this means that your overall score will suffer, but it does make for a shallow learning curve that means everyone can compete.

            I love games like this on facebook; there aren't enough of them! My friends and I end up getting quite competitive over ones like this, and get some impressive scores (although I almost always get beaten!) It's a great way to interact with friends, it's quick and fun to play and will also increase your geographical knowledge. Plus, it's free, so you've nothing to lose by trying it. Yay! There are additional features that can be paid for, but these are not nessecary to get a lot of enjoyment out of the game.

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            14.11.2009 13:48
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            Definitely add this Playfish game to your Facebook profile!

            == Geochallenge on Facebook ==

            === What is Geochallenge? ===
            Geochallenge is an application on the well known networking site, Facebook. It's a game by Playfish where you have to compete against your friends who also have the application, to see who can get the highest "status", by getting the most points on the game.

            Geochallenge is a game about the World, where you have 3 rounds, the first is where you match the Flag to the country, you have a choice of from 3-6 flags to choose from (it gets harder as you go on), and 60 seconds to get through as many as you can. You get given the name of a country, and you have to choose the correct flag for that country. It is easy at first, but soon you start getting obscure countries which you may not know the flag of and you have to start guessing!

            The second round where you are shown an outline of a country, and you have to pick from a list of 4 names, which country it is just from been shown the outline of it, a lot of them are simple (UK, France, Australia for example), but then you start getting much harder countries which all look the same, and it can get very difficult!

            The third and final round, is where your given the name of a city, and you have to pin a pin on the map where you think that city is, if you pin it on the exact right place, you get more points! Again this is easy on the small countries, but the larger countries like USA when your asked to pin point Nebraska, it can be hard if you have never studied a map of the USA and live in the UK!

            When you have completed all the rounds, you're given points and are rated as a "status", from a travel agent, right up to a Geography teacher and beyond! The idea of the game is to get as high up as you can!

            === How do I get Geochallenge? ===
            Playing Geochallenge is very easy, by simply going into your facebook account, and typing in Geochallenge in the search box at the top of the screen, you can play it automatically! It couldn't be simpler! You can then bookmark the game, so that next time you want to play GeoChallenge it is at the bottom of your Facebook page in the book mark section!

            Invite all of your friends to play and see just who knows the world...and who doesn't! You get very addicted to the game and also learn a lot from it!!!

            === Is it fun? ===
            YES! Is the simple answer! The game is very fun, and very addictive, you find you want to keep on playing to try and beat everybody on your Facebook!

            The game is also educational, and you don't even realise it! But soon you will be playing like a pro and will have no problems finding the correct countries and the correct flags etc, which is great as everyone thinks your magnificently clever when in fact it's just that you're obsessed with a Facebook game!!!!

            I definitely recommend this game to all on Facebook, it's great fun to play and you all get very competitive!!!!

            _Some Other PlayFish Games_
            * Crazy Planets
            * Pet Society
            * Restaurant City
            * Country Story
            * Quiz Tastic
            * Word Challenge
            * Bowling Buddies
            * Who has the biggest brain?
            * Mini Golf Party

            Try them all out for FREE on Facebook! :)

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            27.07.2009 20:03
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            A great entertaining free game for Facebook

            Although I do spend quite a bit of time on Facebook, I do prefer to talk to friends by text or over MSN, or, if possible, in person, so I don't actually do much socialising there. For people who don't really use Facebook, you may be wondering what else there is to do on this social networking site other than talking to people, but it's really quite simple: Applications. There are thousands of applications on Facebook, from quizzes to games to competitions and so on. Although there are many games that I enjoy playing on the site from time to time, my favourite is probably Geo Challenge, which is the game I am reviewing today.

            *What is Geo Challenge?*

            Geo Challenge is a Geography-based game that is surprisingly fun to play. It consists of four rounds, and in each the player has to use some of their geographical knowledge to answer questions and identify places and flags correctly. For each correct answer you get a certain amount of points, which increase depending on how hard the question is, and you also get bonus points for getting several questions correct in a row. While this game sounds far too educational to be fun, it can be quite addictive, and I have spent quite a few hours trying to beat the high scores of my Facebook friends.

            *Suitcase Shuffle*

            This is the first of the four rounds, and involves identifying flags. The premise is that you have to put flags onto suitcases so that they're sent to the right country. The name of a country comes up at the top of the screen, and you must click on that country's flag out of a choice of three or six possible flags. The first few countries are relatively easy, such as England, Australia and the USA, but after a while they start to get a lot harder, and you'll find yourself having to pick the correct flag for African and Asian countries that many people have barely heard of. The good thing, though, is that when you get the answer wrong, the game tells you the correct answer, so that you've got a better chance of getting it right next time. Also, if you have no idea which flag to choose, if you wait a few seconds then the game will eliminate some wrong answers for you. I wouldn't recommend waiting too long though, as you will get less points overall in the round if you don't have enough time to fit more flags in the 60 second game.

            I really enjoy this round, and find that by playing it I now know the flags of many countries that I didn't know before. Although being able to recognise countries' flags isn't exactly essential in daily life, it can be interesting, and is an important part of geographical knowledge. This round, like all rounds, lasts for 60 seconds, with a 5 second bonus for every ten questions correctly answered.

            Educational Score: 8/10
            Fun Score: 9/10

            *Map Mayhem*

            This is the second of the four rounds, and involves recognising countries. The player is shown the outline of a country, and has to choose which one it is out of four possible options. Like the last round, the first ones are pretty easy, such as the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, which all have fairly memorable shapes, but again it's not long before things get harder. I would say that most people would find it difficult to identify Somalia and Afghanistan merely from their outlines, but again, by playing the game a lot, you get to recognise a lot more of the countries, and by the time you've played four or five times, you'll find it a lot easier to identify countries such as Latvia and Iraq, even if at first you had no clue. Again, if you're struggling, the game will zoom out a bit of the picture of the country so that you can have a better idea of where it is in the world, and so make a more educated guess.

            I like this round, but less than Suitcase Shuffle. The truth is that a lot of countries look similar, and I often confuse the shape of countries such as Nepal, Austria and Cuba, as they are all very short yet wide, and when you're trying to play quickly to get more points, it's easy to click on the wrong one. I also don't believe that this round is as educational as the last, as even if you can identify the shape of the country, it doesn't mean that you have any better an idea as to where it is in the world. Still, it is a fun game to play, as you can feel fairly chuffed with yourself when you get a tricky one right.

            Educational Score: 6/10
            Fun Score: 7/10

            *City Blitz*

            This is the third of the four rounds, and involves finding cities on a map of the world. The name of a city will come up in the top left hand corner, and you must click on where in the world you think it is. You will then be told whether you were 'Perfect', 'Good', 'Fair' or 'Way Off', and receive points according to how accurate you were. Again, this round starts off fairly easily, with famous cities such as London and New York City coming up first, but it's not long before you're trying to work out where Urumqi is, and just where in South America you would find Quito. If you're having trouble working it out, then if you wait a few seconds the game will tell you which country this city is in, which will hopefully give you a better idea of where you should click, assuming of course that you know where that country is on the map.

            I really enjoy this game, and think that it is the best round for improving your geographical knowledge. I can now accurately pick out many cities on a map which I had merely heard of before, such as Vancouver (southwest Canada), and Tehran (North Afghanistan). I do, however, have some gripes with this game. Whenever you get several places right in a row, you get an animation coming up to tell you your bonus, which completely covers Europe and part of Africa, so if you're trying to pinpoint an city in this area, you have to wait for a couple of seconds before it disappears and you can see where you are clicking. Another problem I have that is, with big countries especially, even if you know which country the stated city is in, you could still end up with a 'Way Off' score if you don't know exactly where it is. When placing a city in China, for example, if the city is in the Northwest and you click on the Southeast, then you won't even get a 'Fair' rating, which I think is pretty unfair (terrible joke). On the other hand, if you recognise that a city is in Europe but have no idea where, by clicking on the centre of the continent chances are it'll be close enough to achieve a 'Fair' or 'Good' rating even if you're several countries too far away. In conclusion, though, I think that this round is a great way to expand your knowledge of where cities are in the world.

            Educational Score: 10/10
            Fun Score:: 8/10

            *Landmark Loco*

            This is the fourth and final round, and involves finding famous landmarks on a map of the world. The format is very similar to City Blitz, but with pictures of famous landmarks instead of the names of cities. The round starts off with fairly recognisable sites such as the Statue of Liberty, The Tower of London and the leaning Tower of Pisa, and then moves on to more difficult to recognise landmarks, many of which I have never even heard of, let alone be able to place on a map. If you wait for a few seconds then the game will reveal the name of the location, but that's only really a help if you have any idea where the place is in the world.

            I think that this is a good round, and very similar to City Blitz in many ways. I find that it's often easier to place landmarks than cities, as often from the picture you can see if a place is European or if it's from South America, for example, and so can have a pretty good guess. This round also seems to have mainly landmarks from Paris, which means that as long as you know where France is, you will be able to get several landmarks 'Perfect' without much effort. All the problems from City Blitz seem to apply here too, though I find it easier to remember where in a country I would find a landmark, more than I remember the name of a city. Having said that, education-wise this round isn't as valuable, as it's often not necessary to know where exactly you would find The Louvre or whatever, though I suppose that it is good for a cultural education.

            Educational Score: 9/10
            Fun Score: 8/10

            *Points*

            Once you've finished all four rounds and have your total score, the game will tell you how well you did by telling you which geographical job you would be able to get with your score. If you're average but not great, for example, you may be a Hotel Receptionist, whereas if you have excellent knowledge you may be a pilot or an explorer. You are then also shown how well you did compared to your friends on Facebook, as well as the world in general, and can always see these results at the bottom of the game screen. I find that this is what makes the game so addictive, as you often want to come back to try and beat the score that one of your friends made.

            *Trophies*

            For doing especially well in Geo Challenge you can earn nice little trophies, and your total number of trophies is shown along with your score, so you can show off to your friends about how much better at the game you are than them. You get trophies for playing a certain amount of times, as well as for getting high scores in a particular level or getting enough points without making a mistake. Trophies can be a god way of keeping you interested in the game once you think you're already pretty good and would otherwise get bored, and so, although they're nothing special, it does increase the longevity of the game.

            *Going Pro*

            If you really enjoy Geo Challenge, then you can pay to upgrade your game and have access to the European Tour and USA Tour, as well as the World Tour that I have just reviewed. I personally haven't upgraded the game myself, and so cannot comment on how good these extra games are or if they're worth the money (I don't even know how much they cost), but it's nice knowing that they exist, so if you're rich or willing to pay for more entertainment then you can play these.

            *In conclusion*

            Geo Challenge is a great game which is addictive and very entertaining as well as being educational, and I usually play it whenever I'm on Facebook. Since playing the whole game takes little more than five minutes, it's easy to drop in and play it once or twice, and then going back and playing it again another day. This game doesn't really require any commitment of your time, and so it is ideal for playing while you're waiting for a post reply on Facebook, or even if you're just sitting on the internet. I would recommend this to anyone who has Facebook, as it's free and requires no installation: all you have to do is search for Geo Challenge and you're ready to go.

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