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I’m looking for a geography game that can help learning where cities/countries/rivers/seas/etc. are located on maps.

Ideally the game would have this workflow (but it’s not necessary to be exactly like this):

  • The game asks a question.

  • Every question involves a map.

    Depending on the task/question, the map might show different levels of details (political borders, mountains, body of waters, etc.) and focus/zoom on specific parts (e.g., whole world, single continent, single country).

  • The player tries to answer the question by pointing at a location on the map or typing in the answer.

  • The game gives feedback (if correct or not, and what the correct answer/location would be).

  • The game tracks the player’s progress and repeats problematic questions.

Example questions:

  • Which country is this? (showing a continent where one country is highlighted, and the player has to enter its name)
  • Where is Amsterdam? (showing the Netherlands, or even Europe without any policital borders, and the player has to place a pin on the map)
  • Where is Estonia? (showing the whole world with policital borders, and the player has to select one of the countries)

The operating system doesn’t matter (can be for desktop, for mobile, or a Web app), but it must be FLOSS (including the maps!).

  • Why must it be open-source? – unforgettableid May 15 '15 at 12:26
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    @unforgettableid: Because I only install software if it’s Free/Libre (and in case of a Web app, I don’t want to rely on someone else hosting it). – unor May 15 '15 at 13:52
  • Why not use closed-source software which is given away at no charge? – unforgettableid Jun 5 '15 at 20:07
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    @unforgettableid: Again, because I don’t install proprietary software. This is not about price (I also pay for some Free/Libre software), but freedom. -- If you have a good recommendation for a proprietary game, you could create a separate question with a self-answer. – unor Jun 5 '15 at 22:25
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There is a website with online geography games.

It might not be exactly what you were looking for, but I think it's worth giving it a try.

You can select a specific region, within which you can learn capitals, countries, landscapes, etc. For each task there is a tutorial phase, where you basically click on an object on the map and a computer voice tells you what it is. Then there are 'games' where you have to find objects on the map.

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I sounds like you are looking for Settra from Marianne Wartoft

  • Free (No Adverts, etc), and freely distributable but not sure if it has been Open Sourced.
  • Translated to 19 languages
  • Online version available here.
  • Covers more than just North America
  • Countries, states, flags, cities and capitals all over the world!
  • Also include things like lakes, etc.
  • Runs on most versions of Windows and I am told will run in Wine on Linux or Parallels on Mac.
  • Various levels of detail.

Examples from the web version

Screenshot from Online Version UK Cities

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