A new way to waste time and get smarter

Sudoku was all the rage until its pattern was discovered, rendering it a yawner. Happily, we’ve found the next addictive online game: the Traveler IQ Challenge.

Here’s how it works: A small world map loads onto your browser. The game is easy at first, asking you to click on well-known world cities (e.g., Toronto) on the map — the goal is to come as close as possible to the actual location in the shortest amount of time. After you click on the spot, you’re shown (in kilometers) how far off you are. If you get enough points, you proceed to the next level.

Once you think you’re a living, breathing atlas, the game gets harder; you’ll find yourself having to locate more obscure places (e.g., the Solomon Islands) and historical locations (the Battle of Waterloo 1815).

Sure, the map is small, but that’s part of the fun. Here’s a hint: Brush up on your African capitals.

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A new way to waste time and get smarter