Today I'm letting Urble out into the wild. It's a little geography game in which a new city (displayed as a small square) appears every 5 seconds until there are 10 dots on screen (example below). The aim of Urble is to guess the country before the country shape appears - 50 seconds into the video. You can pause the video after the 10th dot (at 45 seconds) if you need more time. If you turn the sound on, you'll notice that when the 10th city is added it makes a different sound. I'm releasing this in video format, just for fun, so people can play it how they want to, and share them across platforms - I have lots of them! Some you might find easy, others no so much. As you might be able to tell, Wordle is part of the inspiration here, hence the colours. You'll see more on my Twitter, where I'll post each Urble using the hashtag #urble. I may give clues for some of the more difficult Urbles.
|Are you a map genius?
|This is what the end of an Urble looks like
As well as posting these on my Twitter (@undertheraedar) I'll also put each one in The Urble Archive too. Each Urble is numbered, so it's easier to keep track of them, and of course I won't keep you guessing forever - the answer is always revealed 5 seconds before the end of each video. They're all 60 seconds long, so you can get on with the rest of your day, or pause the Urble on 10 dots until you figure it out.
Here's Urble 1 - always best viewed with sound on (there's no music, just a few sound effects). There's also a gif version of each Urble, which I will also post in the archive - you'll always find the original, high-quality Urbles there. Can you guess which country this first one is?
Urble - why?
Well, I make maps and look at geographic data a lot, and I'd always thought about doing some kind of fun game in a more formalised way. From time to time I've posted geography guessing games on my Twitter but until recently hadn't ever made something like Urble - but now I have. I've been playing this at home so far with my two sons and my wife, and since they like it I'm releasing it into the world now. In fact, my 9 year old son Isaac actually made a few of them himself, with me at his side giving instructions as he put them together in QGIS and Camtasia.
The answer to the main 'why?' question here is that it's for fun, but also hopefully educational.
Questions you may have about Urble
|This is not Urble