Hellberg is a location based "game" that let's you travel from one location to another, accompanied by imagery downloaded from Google Streetview, all while giving you clues about the destination of the trip, very much inspired by the Swedish TV show På spåret.

The app is pretty much a proof of concept, developed by Gustaf Lindqvist & Simon Fransson at #locationday 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. Being the product of a 24 h hackathon it is somewhat limited in functionality, and the gaming aspects of it should probably be tweaked a great deal before it has any potential of entertain anyone for more than a few minutes.

As most Swedish people can probably tell, the name "Hellberg" is borrowed from Björn Hellberg, who served as judge on the show.

Heard enough already?

Try it out!

(you should probaby use Google Chrome by the way)

What does it do?

Hellberg does five things:

Installation and setup

Requires npm, bower and grunt (not really required simplifies things).

  1. Checkout the repo.
    git clone git@github.com:hobocode/hellberg
  2. Install dependencies.
    cd hellberg
    npm install
    bower install
  3. Run the application.
    grunt server

Known limitations

  • The imagery downloaded from Google StreetView might feel choppy. This is essentially due to a compromise between load time, trip time and bandwith/memory/api-request consumption.
  • If no Wikipedia page exists / was found for your destination, things will fail.
  • Phrasing of generated hints might be a bit off at times, grammatically.
  • Figuring out the destination when you supplied it to the app yourself isn't all that exciting, so the hints will be pretty much useless in that case.
  • Works best (only?) in Google Chrome at the moment.

Live demonstration


Go for a trip
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Intelligent answer interpretation
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