dinsdag 27 augustus 2019

Some statistics

Since the good people at GeoGuessr (understandably) have nerfed their free mode, Eighty Clicks has been getting more traffic. I figured it'd be nice to share some information about Eighty Clicks with you in a good old blog. If you like playing games like Eighty Clicks, you might be just like me and if you are, you sure like some data. In that case I have some good news: I have taken a representative sample of 10,000 completed games and compiled some statistics for you.

Game modes

Eighty Clicks offers four different game modes:
  • Multiple Choice: the default, pick the correct country/province/state from a list.
  • Classic: Put a marker on the map as close as possible to the panorama location. 5 turns.
  • No Wander: Like classic, but you can't move
  • Perfect Streak: Like classic, repeating until you fail to get 1000 points
Perfect streak was one of the reasons I created Eighty Clicks. I love the puzzle of getting to within yards of the exact location of the panorama. Frankly, I had no idea if any one was playing this game mode (or any of the other game modes). 

Preditably, as the default Multiple Choice is the most popular game mode. Classic mode is not far behind. Perfect Streak seems like the least popular mode, but on some of these games last much longer than the other game modes. In fact, the longest completed perfect streak has 707 different locations! If you think that is a lot (it is), there currently are several running games with even more visits. That's truly impressive.

Technically, Multiple Choice consists of three types of modes: On the world map, you need to guess the correct country. On country maps, you need to guess the correct province/state/subdivision. These modes are not very popular, so maybe they need to be promoted more.


Eighty Clicks offers a many different maps to play. Despite all this choice, the world map is by far the most popular one. 75% of all games are played on the world map. Let's zoom in and see which other maps are being played by the community:

The United States being the most popular world map is not a huge surprise. Most players are from the US and the states offer a wide variety of landscapes and settings. I have to admit I was surprised by the 2nd place: Australia. Even more interesting is that the majority of the Australian games are No Wander games. Apparently, getting stuck between spiders and kangaroos is something many players like to experience from behind the safety of their keyboard.

That's it for now. Let me know what you think on Twitter or Reddit.

donderdag 22 augustus 2019

Map Guide: The Netherlands

This is the first part on a series of Map Guides I'll write for Eighty Clicks. Predictably, I'll start with my home country: The Netherlands.

How to recognise the Netherlands


The Netherlands are aptly named. If you see mountains, you definitely are not in the Netherlands. The highest 'mountain' of the Netherlands is the Vaalserberg, right on the border with Belgium and Germany. That being said, in the south of the Netherlands there are some hills. The Netherlands are densely populated, so signs of habitation are never far away. The Netherlands has a temperate maritime climate, so it's quite green and water is never far away.

Traffic signs

The road network of the Netherlands is extensive and well maintained. Bike lanes are abundant and usually are paved with red asphalt. Dutch traffic lights are easy to recognize by the black-and-white stripes. Road are signposted in blue signs with a white font. Painted white triangles (called 'haaitetanden', or 'sharks teeth') on the road indicate when traffic has to yield to the crossing road.


Like in most European countries, Dutch cars are smaller than their American counterparts. Number plates are yellow with black letters. Most trains are operated by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen and sport a livery which is mostly yellow.
Definitely a Dutch car

Houses and other buildings

Although the Netherlands are known for the stepped gable facades, they are only found in the historical centers of a few cities. Most people live in rijtjeshuizen, or row houses. Dutch houses are built to strict building standards. Brick is commonly used for construction and roofs are almost exclusively tiled with shingles. In the south, buildings tend to be a bit more diverse. Although there are regional differences, by and large plots are much smaller than in the US. Detached houses are relatively rare except in rural areas.

Smaller power lines are always hidden underground. If you see smaller overhead power lines, chances are you are not in the Netherlands.

How to find your way in the Netherlands

The easiest way to find out where you are in the Netherlands is by finding a large road and working back from there. Dutch traffic planners mostly adhere to the principle of a street hierarchy. Small roads tend to be connected to bigger ones. By repeating following larger roads you should encounter a well signed intersection quickly.

At these intersections, there are some clues which should allow you to determine where you are:
  • Distances are signposted in kilometers. 
  • Autosnelwegen (motorways) start with an A and are signposted with white letters on a red background. They are fully grade separated and have at least two lanes per direction.
  • Regional roads start with an N and are signposted with black letters on a yellow background. The larger ones (indicated by a one or two-digit number) are mostly grade separated.
Once you have found your global area, you need to backtrack to the correct street. Streets are usually signposted with blue signs with white letters. Since grid-based street names are unheard of in the Netherlands, the last mile might be the trickiest one!

Some statistics

Since the good people at GeoGuessr (understandably) have nerfed their free mode, Eighty Clicks has been getting more traffic. I figured it...