Brewster Jennings Protects America: The Google Map Hunt Game: This game makes me feel good to be alive.
I played it on the “easy” and “short” settings, and still just barely completed it before the time came up. You have to (1) know your trivia, and (2) be really proficient with the Google Maps interface.
You get a clue to start the game, then you try to track down the location in the clue. Get there and zoom in to a sufficient level, and there will be a little marker waiting for you with your next clue.
Remember playing “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” as a kid? Well now the new game Brewster Jennings Protects America brings this classic adventure into the 21st century by merging the game play with Google maps technology. In the web-based Brewster Jennings Protects America game you race around the globe as a government agent trying to stop a deadly terror attack from taking place….
Even more awesomeness: He’s created a scenario editor so your can write your own treasure hunts. I’m already thinking one up for my kid — imagine the fun I can have sending him through the backroads of South Dakota, or the world, for that matter. The game board is limited only by Google Maps image resolution.
Thanks to Google for having an open API, and to this guy for using it. Just wonderful stuff. I’m smiling from ear to ear right now.
Update: There’s a joke in the name “Brewster Jennings.” From the Wikipedia article:
Brewster Jennings & Associates was a front company set up by the CIA for Valerie Plame, an operative for the Agency whose identity was possibly disclosed for political retaliation.