Find Country on Map Game

Find Country on Map is a simple game in which you have to click or tap on a map to locate countries. Read the instructions above the map and when asked to find a country you should click on the map where that country is. If you get the answer correct you will then be asked to find another country. Every time you get a country correct you get 1 point.

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Hint

You can zoom the map in for a better view. This will let you pin point areas more precisely.

How to Play

You will be prompted to find a country on the map. Click on the map to indicate where you think that country is located. You can always pan and zoom the map to make finding an accurate place to click more easy.

The game ends when you get the location of a country wrong or when you complete the game, you will then be asked to enter your name on to the high score list.

Click on restart game at any time to start again from the beginning.

Difficulty Ranking

This game will record everytime someone gets an answer right or wrong. By totalling up these values, it can then be determined which country's are generally harder to find than others. Then, when someone else comes along to play the game they will be presented with easier countries, and as the game proceeds the countries will get more difficult to find.

Therefore over time this game will have a better difficulty curve that will score players in a fairer way.

This Weeks High Scores

Pos Name Score
1Sksksksksk46
2Anfd34
3S34
4NeoDachnick for anastazz <330
5Tristan27
6Wapu26
7Madeline26
8Peksi26
9monica24
10zxX22
11anfd22
12Max21
13S20
14Kris20
15pussio20
16Name18
17LUCY18
18Hojo17
19Kris15
20saqab15
21Lucas111
22NeoDachnick9
23j9
24isaac8
25isaac7
26jamie5
27isaac3
28isaac3
29isaac3
30sara2
31🇬🇷2
32Vaughan2
33Dylie2
34isaac1
35Ana1
36Avani1
37Elli0
38andrija0
39ALEX0
40Lawrie0

How It Works

Put simply it uses Click for Country, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, AJAX and Leaftlet Maps.

For any other information regarding this game or if you notice any bugs with it, please contact Daft Logic.

Country Ratings

List of top 10 countries and thier relative rating in November 2018

Country Rating
Australia 95811
United Kingdom 67022
Italy 65849
USA 65224
Canada 62519
Mexico 53612
Spain 51366
Ireland 42924
Japan 41574
France 39821

Version History

Version Date Description
1.0 10/01/2008 Basic game created
2.0 12/01/2008 Added high score list
Added Difficulty Ranking feature
3.0 20/01/2008 Scroll wheel zoom function added
4.0 09/10/2008 Scroll wheel zoom function removed
Fixed recent issue that stopped the country identification working
Fixed issue where completing the game did not bring up a prompt to enter your name! Only getting a country wrong would make it appear
Reset high score list
Reset country list (it will now recreate itself automatically)
4.1 15/02/2009 Scores will reset every week
4.2 23/06/2009 Updated code for easier method to find county names
4.3 15/12/2009 Implemented geocoder.setBaseCountryCode('UK'); in attempt to make all country names return in the same language for all visitors.
5.0 10/11/2010 Implemented Google Maps API V3
5.1 15/12/2010 mapTypeControl is now hidden
6.0 18/01/2012 Implemented google.maps.Geocoder() which should give more consistant country names (Local language should not matter)
6.1 20/08/2016 Updates to the User Interface
7.0 12/09/2018 Leaflet maps implemented
7.1 15th September 2018 People's Republic of China (PRC) is now just known as China
7.2 11th October 2018 Bug fix : A click that could not be resolved to a country caused the game to hang. It now asks you to try again.
7.3 3rd October 2019 Minor user interface updates

Future Ideas

  • When a question is answered wrong, an outline of the country missed (or all the countries ?) is displayed

Comments For This Page

What language did you code this in? And how did you come up with the logic for the code for this game?
On 5th April 2020
new zealand doesn't work
On 31st March 2020
Hold on I got to New Zealand yet when I touched it I got New Zealand wrong.
By Preston on 27th March 2020
Think there was a problem, I clicked the correct place for Alabama! however it said I was wrong
By ELB30 on 3rd March 2020
Hi, seems to be a slight glitch when it comes to selecting Japan - any of you other nerds experience this?

Best wishes,
Georgia Skinner
On 1st March 2020
"United States of America" has been deleted.
By Daft Logic on 12th February 2020
Sorry to sound like a broken record, but I got this: "Your Score = 134 : Q135) Tap where you think United States of America is."
By mj on 12th February 2020
Thanks mj, the extra DRC's have been removed.
By Daft Logic on 11th February 2020
OK, . I can see the XML file is a lot cleaner, and all of the bodies of water are gone now, but the DRC came up twice, and the other Congo is called Congo - Brazaville. I clicked directly on Brazza, but it didn't count. I know the area pretty well, because we have an office there.

Anyhow, from here https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Countries_of_the_world, it looks like there's something a little screwy about the way Openstreetmap provides country data in the addresses, vs. what is in the official addresses that come up when clicking.
By mj on 11th February 2020
This time it was: "Your Score = 132 : Q133) Tap where you think Territorial waters of Greece - Strofades is."
By mj on 10th February 2020
San Jorge Gulf has been removed. It won't appear again.
By Daft Logic on 10th February 2020
This is weird, the game asked me to identify a body of water: San Jorge Gulf, which AFAIK is part of Argentina... it seems like the other time I made it to 132 it was something else that I missed.
By mj on 10th February 2020
I messed up South Sudan which would be really embarrassing if people from work knew..
By mj on 5th February 2020
Wait ! I take it back. If you click on Tarawa it works !
By mj on 5th February 2020
It looks like OpenStreetMap doesn't have any data on Kiribati, or any of the Line Islands for that matter.
By mj on 5th February 2020
Thank you!
By mj on 4th February 2020
mj, Isle of Man has been removed to avoid this issue.
By Daft Logic on 3rd February 2020
Indeed, I tried clicking the Isle of Man for the second question (UK) and it counted as correct.
By mj on 3rd February 2020
This run was great because I got to solidify my understanding of the balkans, and also the baltic countries. I always knew that Latvia was north of Lithuania, but now I have a geographical tool to get it exactly right. Similarly Lake Skada for locating Montenegro, and Lake Victoria, and the two long lakes for Kenya Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and Rwanda.

But then I hit another bug: The Isle of Man. Maybe the scoring algorithm thinks it's part of the UK (I think it's a crown dependency).
By mj on 3rd February 2020
Thanks for the feedback mj . Your scores suggest you are in a different 'league' from most!, but this also has helped us identify bugs and fix issues as you have found them for the first time.
By Daft Logic on 3rd February 2020
Cool. Thank you!

I'm really enjoying how this game is helping me learn the real geographical features which can be used to find a given country. Islands are easy of course, but I never really understood before how close Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest are, for instance.
By mj on 3rd February 2020
Thanks MJ. You are correct. A mix of between DR Congo and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Both the question and clicked location are now set to Democratic Republic of the Congo, so it should allow you to move on to ....Cape Verde!
By Daft Logic on 31st January 2020
I think DR Congo has a similar problem to the one that Jamaica had. I clicked a couple of hundred km west of the northern tip of Lake Tanganyika, and it was considered wrong.
By mj on 31st January 2020
it has lots of trouble approving Australia, it's the whole continent guys
On 29th January 2020
Hi mj, yes I see what you mean. I will put on an update for Jamaika!
By Daft Logic on 27th January 2020
I think I figured it out. The address data spells Jamaica with a k, like: Jamaika. I think that might be a German locale.

address: {neighbourhood: "Jacisera Park", suburb: "Half Way Tree", county: "Saint Andrew",%u2026}
neighbourhood: "Jacisera Park"
suburb: "Half Way Tree"
county: "Saint Andrew"
state_district: "Surrey County"
postcode: "KINGSTON 10"
country: "Jamaika"
country_code: "jm"
By mj on 27th January 2020
For Jamaica I clicked right on Kingston, but it came up as wrong.
By mj on 27th January 2020
Hi Mark .... good idea... to help with learning for the next time. We will look in to this.
By Daft Logic on 27th January 2020
It would be cool if when we miss one an outline map could appear.
By Mark on 26th January 2020
1) it should randomize the countries. I keep failing at greece despite the fact I know exactly where it is, and then it makes me go trough the same 20 countries again. 2) it should also include borders of countries cause one time I missed egypt by that much. there's also no point in having usa and canada there cause everyone can point those two out. point is to know to find a country on a map, not to have crazy sense of where it's borders are. 3) countries like usa, canada and mexico should not be appearing one after another, and neither should chile and argentina. it would be fine if it was random and it just happened, but since it's not random, you should add them in different order.
On 19th January 2020

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