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Video Game / Globetrotter XL

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An unusual puzzle-esque game available here.

The goal is simple: you're given an unlabeled map of the world, and asked to mark various spots on it. The closer you are and the faster you mark, the more points you earn. You have a certain number of tries (three on the first stage, with one more try each level) to score over a certain point quota, which increases each level. There are ten levels.

Sound simple?


Have you forgotten how big the planet is? Well, here's a reminder: your score is tripled if you place a marker within two hundred kilometers.

Pack a lunch, you're going to be here for a while.

This game contains examples of:

  • Flawless Victory: A "strike" (placing your marker directly on the city's location) is a quintuple multiplier.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Frequently, you'll clear a level only because you were either given a tourist hotspot (Orlando, Florida) or a city in a very small and easily recognized country (Great Britain's small size means you'll get triple multipliers with regularity). Just as frequently, you'll score several hits, only to lose on some incredibly obscure African nation-state.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Subverted; Russia is hated by players of this game, because its immense size means if you misplace a city, you're probably thousands of kilometers off.
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  • Nintendo Hard: Hope you're either a geography major or have a world map on hand.
  • Oh, Crap!: Being given a city you've never heard of in a country you've never heard of.
  • Scoring Points: The goal is to clear ever-increasing point caps.
  • Timed Mission: The faster you make a decision, the more points you score. It's Game Over if you let the timer expire.
  • Up to Eleven: Level 7 makes this even harder. How? They remove the country borders.


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