The aforementioned Mercator Puzzle is quite nice, but it’s static: you always get presented the same 15 countries at the same 15 starting positions. So I decided to make the thing dynamic: you get to place 15 countries chosen from a set of 178 in total. If you don’t know the anwser, just double click a country to let the computer place it. Above that you’ll get to know the name of the country when it’s placed.
Now, this thing wasn’t just whipped up in 5 minutes. Reason for this is that the Google Maps API does not provide a method to moving a
google.maps.Polygon. I ended up writing a Google Maps extension allowing one to do this. After that, it only took 5 minutes indeed 🙂