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Maps with no clues at all

I wish we could report or skip maps of roads in the middle of nowhere with no clues whatsoever. I'm getting too many maps with absolutely no distinctive vegetation, no traffic signs, nothing written, no people, no cars, no architecture at all. I always rate them one star and check the "few clues" box, but they just don't stop coming.
I play a lot of country streak with my boyfriend and this is ruining our game experience. It's really frustrating when you're starting to go far in the game and you reach a map with no clues at all. It feels like the map was made to make you loose instead of making you think. I hate it and I'm really considering cancelling my subscription because I don't see how they can fix this.


  • They can't really fix it because that's how our World is. It's not a big city, and many empty areas exist. Those places are not a problem, moving around is usually enough to find the country. Lot of details can help such as road style, sign looks, kilometer posts style, car models, sun position, if it drives on the right or left side... And I didn't even talk about everything related to Google Street View itself such as camera qualities or details on the Google car that goes off the car mask under. Lot of things most players will usually don't pay attention because they don't know about that. This is just how to become better at this game, really.
  • I get what you mean but I was referring to those maps of long roads without any cars or road signs and no way to see the Google car. If there are no cars I can't possibly see their models or which side of the road they're driving on or what the drivers look like. I play with a 5-minute time limit and and don't use Google. I play a lot and I've been playing for a while and this still gets me. Maybe those maps were made to be played with no time limit, I don't know.
  • Well the maps are not made for any specific game mode (with or without time limitation) and some people can enjoy empty locations as an extra challenge. Very long empty roads are not that common. Even in Argentina you'll usually find some kilometer post at some point (and their look is unique to this country) and the landscape is quite specific anyways.

    I almost exclusively play with timers (5 min or less) and I rarely get in the situation where I can't get the country right. The most common case is some random forest road in one of the Baltic countries or mountainous paths in the Balkans, where many countries that look similar are. But this stays quite unusual, at least with the official country streak mode.

    If you can give some examples of empty rounds this could be a good help to see it they are actually problematic. You can give the Google Maps link you get when clicking the flag icon on the result screen's map.
  • Just to add...and really just to vent somewhere...
    I get that some maps need to be a little more challenging, but I ended up on a wooden bridge over a river, with only 3 steps to move. That wasn't even a street map, it was a spot. No clues whatsoever. I just picked a spot in the world. My overall average before that was 24,991. After was 24,520. 🙁
  • Sadly that's another kind of problem from Google Street View. There is no way to detect this with the tools Google provides. It's only possible to find it when we randomly get to play on it.

    I recommend you to not care too much about the average score. Google Maps and Street View is not accurate enough for that.
  • Your average score getting a bit lower is one thing, but losing your country strike is something else entirely. This really pisses me off, because we can guess a region in a continent by the natural features like vegetation, but sometimes it's impossible to distiguish from neighbouring countries without road pavement, language, cars or buildings to tell them apart. This happens a lot with some countries in Eastern Europe, Southeast Europe, and Southeast Asia. If there's nothing written in many kilometers, no houses, no cars, no paved roads, no traffic signs, no people whatsoever, it's impossible to tell them apart.
  • I meant country streak. 😀
  • +1
    Also, photospheres should be excluded from streak games for the same reason (might be impossible to tell the country unless you know the place).
    I'm not sure if it's possible to exclude photospheres, I think google API doesn't tell you what is a sphere and what is streetview.
  • I have to agree with Luiza.
    It really sucks hard when you're far in the countrystreak and then suddenly you get a map where there is literally no way to tell what country it is.
    I also give them 1 star and click on too few clues but I'm not sure if it gets removed or not.
    Perhaps they review it and remove it. Who knows.
  • GunnarB
  • GunnarB this maps appears to be fully functional to me, and there's a website with a .de extension visible without even having to move around.
  • Just play maps in more dense / urbanised countries... You are aware that there are thousands of custom maps out there?
  • That's some of the dumbest advice I've ever seen Porto-Kid.
  • No problem then, I'll keep enjoying the game on my side through dozens of map types and you'll keep whining about ONE specific game mode on yours, no need to be aggressive here.
    Should be noted that I fully agree with your comment about photospheres though, they are frustrating in any official game mode.
  • But the country streak mode is the best game mode for many people, including me. It's just not good enough due to photospheres and other low-clue locations that are impossible to avoid. You can't fix a game mode by playing a different game mode.
  • I do understand that people may have one specific favorite game mode, and overall the criticism here is pretty constructive and may improve the mode.
    However, reading something such as "I hate it and I'm really considering cancelling my subscription because I don't see how they can fix this" makes me a bit sad.
    Maybe the mode is not broken, but you've rather reached a point where some of the inherent flaws of Geoguessr annoy you, and it's time to move on and enjoy other ways of playing the game?
    Any game eventually becomes frustrating after playing it a while, Geogussr is not different, but fortunately there are plenty of options to explore before threatening to "cancel subscription".
    That doesn't change the fact that I find some arguments interesting, such as the photospheres removal or asking to know more about the rating of locations and how it could influence the game.
  • In fairness, I wonder if describe the kind of map isn't a maker responsibility.

    I see many people adding no-photosphere in the title - or All photosphere.
    I've seen many urban south america, playable Brasil, guessable Australia. rural Illinois, choosen african capitals.

    Could be a sign of good work to add some description on the map you make, instead of waiting for some alghorithm to do so.

    P.S.: my maps are all about electric car chargers. May I have to add in titles that chargers are mostly in cities, some on highways, basically none in the middle of nowhere?
    Fabio Galletti
  • I enjoy Country Streak very much but I am frustrated when I'm doing very well and an obscure path in the middle of no where appears!! This is more so when I'm almost on the verge of beating my previous score in the 100s!!
    Chris Bussell
  • I feel you Chris...Same here...
    BUT I figured out on these maps with no clue at all, it mostly comes down to Madagaskar, Uganda, Botswana.
    Not all the time of course but very often.
  • Heyo!

    In case you have impossible locations in Country Streak you can send an email to with the Game-ID and I can revive the streak.

  • That's brilliant if you can but not sure where I get the Game-ID from....??

    Chris Bussell
  • Its the URL that can be found under Activities for a certain game 👍
  • this location isnt impossible at all, its actually rather common. just play the game more.
  • I've just had this exact thing happen which broke a country streak. I was given a small patch of land in the middle of nowhere with no movement allowed.... I am not a botanist. I cannot locate an exact country by a few leaves alone. I couldnt even travel to other roads in hopes of a small road sign. There was nothing. It makes it impossible and unenjoyable.
  • Hi,

    We can always revive streaks. So if you provide the URL to the game in Activities I can sort it.

  • Particularly on "State streak" games I end up with nothing but blurry images which make it completely impossible to make an intelligent guess.  We end up not with a test of skill but a test of who has the most of time to waste.
  • It is indeed frustrating but that's what the game is about. You can't always have it easy. Sometimes a tough question comes and you have to think hard to get it.

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