Category Archives: Geogame

Geogames product information

You are interested in Geogames, but you do not know, where to start?

Just for the case you want to take a quick glance on the opportunities, Geogames provide, we compiled a short product information for your convenience.

Geogames product information

Geogames events in summer 2014

Two Geogames events took place (rather space) in summer 2014 so far:

Peter Kiefer (ETH Zürich) presented at the ifgi Summer School 2014 on Gamyfing Spatial Collaboration using our CityPoker Designer and staging a game.

Barbara Feulner (Augsburg University) staged a Neocartographer event with school kids evaluating urban public spaces in Augsburg

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Geogames at the ESRI International Developer Summit 2014

Olga Yanenko, member of the Geogames team, gave a lightning talk in this year’s DevSummit taking place March 10-13 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Have a look at her prezi!

Guesstimate Geogame – guess how far it is to…

Where you think you are, is not where you might end up playing this game! Guesstimate is a casual game that uitilizes algorithms typically used for GPS positioning and provides you a random exploration experience of your city.

Knowing about your distance to predefined locations around you allows you to compute your current position. Of course, this task gets more difficult by ingamemeasurement errors. Guesstimate illustrates the impact of such errors by handing the job of delivering reliable distance measurements over to you: How far is it from your current position to e.g. Big Ben, Westminster Abbey or Tower Bridge? From your guesses, Guesstimate derives a geocoordinate where you would be, if your estimations were correct. Before the next round starts, you have to move to that place as a penalty – the better you guess, the less you walk…

Give it a try (just download the file on your Android device and tap once to install):

Got noone staging a game for you? Design your own gameboard with only a few taps on your mobile:

Thanks again to ESRI for making this possible.


Equilibrium – a game revealing population dynamics

As an outcome of the Geogames and Playful Geodesign project funded by ESRI, a new game is available. Equilibrium tells you a lesson about population dynamics.

Have a look at the demo video:

Interested? Drop us a line: geogames[at]

CityPoker designer available online

As an additionel outcome of the Geogames and Playful Geodesign project funded by ESRI, a designer tool for the CityPoker Geogame ist now available online:

  1. Choose your town
  2. Arrange a game board – the designer assists you!
  3. Print your game board
  4. Play!

Just give it a try! A brief introduction to the game is provided within the editor. All you need to play is the possibility to send messages from one team to the other!

A more precise workflow of the tool and its use cases in classes on geography at school will be published until August 2014 in the in the most widely read journal for geography teachers in Germany, Praxis Geography.

Got you? Drop us a line: geogames[at]

Geogames at the ESRI EMEAUC 2013

The Geogames team of the University of Bamberg is present at the ESRI Europe, Middle East and Africa Education GIS Conference. The conference takes place on October 22nd and 23rd at the ICM Munich. An Unconference Session about Geogames organized by the team on Tuesday, Oktober 22nd.

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Geogames at the ESRI User Conference 2013

Dominik Kremer, member of the Geogames team is going to participate in this year’s Education GIS Conference held July 8th to 12th in San Diego, CA. Besides a presentation with the title “Learning to Understand Geodesigns by Playing Geogames” there will be a demonstration of the Geogame CityPoker developed at the University of Bamberg several years ago.

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Geogames at the ESRI International Developer Summit 2013

Olga Yanenko, member of the Geogames team, is going to participate in this year’s DevSummit taking place March 25-28 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. One of the objectives of this visit will be to explore the possibilities of GIS and related technologies for the development of mobile location-based applications. Another aspect is focused on location-based services and gamification research in general as well as networking activities to strengthen the interconnection of researchers and developers in this special area.

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The Neocartographer Game

In Neocartographer, two players or teams of players compete, each trying to outperform the opponent in a mapping contest where a player gains an advantage by being the first to contribute a piece of information about a geographic location. The game belongs to the genre of configuration games, where players occupy spatial regions until they reach a winning configuration. In contrast to most of these games, Neocartographer challenges its players by requiring them to reason about spatial distances.

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