How to Play Locatestreet
In a game of Locatestreet, you will be presented with 20 randomly selected street-level photographs, and your task is to identify the location of each image's origin. Every game consists of 20 turns, and it is possible to earn up to 100 points on any given turn. Your score for a turn depends upon (1) whether or not you choose the correct location in the multiple-choice stage of the turn, and (2) how accurately you can pinpoint the exact location of the image on a map. 2000 is therefore the maximum score in any game, though the average score is much lower.
- Begin by choosing a geographic scale for your game. You may play worldwide, within a country or territory, within a first-order administrative subdivision (like a state, province, etc.), a second-order administrative subdivision (like a county, municipality, etc.), or a city.
You will always be responsible for identifying the next-largest geography within the scope of your game -- for example, if you are playing worldwide, you will have to identify the image's country of origin, and if you are playing within a city, you will have to identify the image's neighborhood of origin.
You may also choose a thematic challenge, which is a specialized game where the geographies you will identify are not standard administrative units.
- After starting your game, wait a few moments for a location to be identified. This can sometimes take a while, and the speed at which an image is returned largely depends on the speed of your Internet connection.
- Once a street-level image has been located, you will see this image filling your browser window. You can use your mouse and your keyboard to pan the image in all directions, and you may use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move forward or backward on the street (though such movement decreases your possible score for the turn).
You will also see four location names printed on buttons at the bottom of the screen. Your objective at this stage is to choose the image's location of origin among the (at most) four choices!
You begin every turn with 10 points. You may make use of several clues, available on the right side of the screen. Keep in mind that these clues will decrease your score for the turn, as activating a clue requires that you "spend" some of your points for the turn.
- If you do not choose the correct location using the buttons at the bottom of the screen, you will be taken to a scoreboard backed by a map on which the correct location is displayed. Locatestreet then searches for the next street-level image in your game, and the next turn begins once it is available.
If you do identify the correct location, the turn continues!
You will be taken to a map, on which you are to attempt to pinpoint the image's exact location of origin by clicking once on the map. The closer you click to the actual location, the higher your score for the turn will be. More specifically, every location that you may click on the map corresponds to a value between 1 and 10. The closer you are to the correct location, the closer the value will be to 10. This value is multiplied by your score from the multiple choice phase of the turn to determine your final score for the round, with a maximum score of 100.