Find The Mystery City Using Color Clues - Randomized

To start, name any of the top 200 cities by population. The redder it appears, the closer you are. When you guess the mystery city, the quiz is over - you win!
HUGE thanks to Pandora49 for the idea and the map, and to Stewart for helping with the CSS!
The mystery city changes every time you play!
Quiz by Simon1006
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Last updated: July 2, 2021
First submittedApril 6, 2021
Times taken42,319
Rating4.44
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Level 62
Apr 7, 2021
Updated so that you can see which city was the mystery city if you didn't guess it!
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Level 62
Apr 8, 2021
Another update to fix the geographic spread of the possible answers: especially around northeastern China and northeastern USA a lot of answers were grouped together
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Level 54
Apr 6, 2021
Amazing!
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Level 68
Apr 6, 2021
Nice! Now less people will have a best time of 0:00 second ;)
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Level 53
Jun 25, 2021
I wrote London as my first guess and it was correct so I got a time of 0:01!
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Level 51
Apr 6, 2021
Wowee!
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Level 61
Apr 6, 2021
Got it on my fourth guess yay
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Level 21
Sep 6, 2021
I got it on my second guess!
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Level 45
Apr 6, 2021
Simon and Stewart, you are both genius. This quiz is awesome! I can't wait for the star, and a French version! Of course nominated, but I'm sure this quiz doesn't need it to become featured. It's one of the quiz which deserves it the most. Congratulations!

Personnally, I found in 4 tries (I had a huge luck): Paris (of course...!), NYC, Detroit and finally San Francisco (easy...).

Excellent continuation on this way! JetPunk will never forget you, Simon, with this amazing quiz!

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Level 54
Apr 6, 2021
agreed!
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Level 62
Apr 6, 2021
Thanks a lot Baptiste for your very kind words! And indeed quite lucky on the random cities :)
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Level 59
May 10, 2021
Lucky... I couldn't get my first try. It was Changhsa. Too many big cities in China!
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Level 33
Apr 6, 2021
OMG AMZING
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Level 64
Apr 6, 2021
Just amazing quiz! Nothing else to add... oh wait: Nominated!
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Level 55
Apr 6, 2021
Great Quiz! I won with Tianjin. Make sure you know your top 39 Chinese cities!
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Level 77
Apr 7, 2021
No way! My first guess was Beijing, and that was the mystery city. :) Also, as I said on the country version, these quizzes are truly amazing. Great job!
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Level 62
Apr 7, 2021
Sometimes it takes one lucky guess :) Glad to hear you enjoy them!
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Level 77
Jun 7, 2021
Yeah, I had a lucky first guess just now with London.
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Level 65
Aug 5, 2021
Same same, Tokyo for me^^
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Level 66
Apr 7, 2021
Amazing quiz. One of my favorites which can be clear by having almost 200 takes and over half of the quiz's takes right now.
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Level 62
Apr 8, 2021
That's insane! Glad to hear you enjoy it Maxim!
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Level 66
Apr 8, 2021
Great update so far. Gives me more work to figure out the changes. Can't wait until this is featured.
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Level 62
Apr 8, 2021
Thanks for the support! And indeed some more work to figure out the full list :)
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Level 66
Apr 9, 2021
List complete again. Time for you to change the answers again
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Level 62
Apr 9, 2021
We'll see :)
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Level 63
Apr 10, 2021
Excellent quiz! My only comment would be that the shades of red are too similar. Once I get a red city, it's kind of a guessing game.
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Level 66
Apr 10, 2021
It can be difficult to tell the difference but once you play more it gets easier to see differences between very similar shades of red
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Level 62
Apr 11, 2021
I agree they are quite close together. I chose these colours to adhere to Pandora's series, which uses these shades as well. They were chosen so that it is also playable for colorblind users: if you turn it into a rainbow it'll be impossible to tell for colorblind users what is close and what is far
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Level 54
Apr 11, 2021
That's right. The 'guessing game' adds to the difficulty of the quiz, and expanding the variety of colors wouldn't really do anything unless if the city is in a very remote area, but that would make it too easy. I personally think it's a little more fun when you have to guess the nearby cities. So, if rainbow colors were to be used, it wouldn't really make much of a difference since 1 of the colors would cover an area relatively close to the mystery city.
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Level 55
Apr 12, 2021
Is it really showing Hyderabad as Dark Red when Moscow is the mystery city.
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Level 66
Apr 13, 2021
It is not the darkest of red but it is still a little dark. This is because it is not distance, it is cities in between Hyderabad and Moscow. Although these two cities are very far apart, since Hyderabad is kind of central India there are only some Indian, Pakistani, and middle eastern cities (and a few more) in between which is few enough for it to be a darker red color than you may expect by distance (although it is really not that dark red).
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Level 54
Apr 22, 2021
^ correct
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Level 71
Apr 14, 2021
Great quiz, a lot of fun slowly getting near the target before the time runs out.
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Level 62
Apr 15, 2021
Thank you Mal!
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Level 61
Apr 16, 2021
Finished in 6 seconds ez
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Level 72
Apr 19, 2021
Nice quiz, and well done for the feature!
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Level 61
Apr 19, 2021
Got blessed with Tokyo in 6 seconds lol, great quiz
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Level 78
Apr 20, 2021
Same thing happened to me. I typed Cairo and it was pretty pail. Typed Beijing and it was much darker. Then Tokyo and bam!
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Level 65
Apr 19, 2021
Just typed one city and got the result! Nailed it😁 Great quiz
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Level 54
Apr 19, 2021
Congrats on the feature! Now all quizzes in the series have a star next to it :P
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Level 62
Apr 20, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 47
May 10, 2021
I started with London, then guessed Birmingham, which was the city!
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Level 66
Apr 19, 2021
Congrats on the featured!
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Level 62
Apr 20, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 80
Apr 20, 2021
Can't crap on the concept, because that is awesome, but good lord this was also the most frustrating quiz I have taken on this site
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Level 65
Apr 20, 2021
You and Stewart knocked it out of the park for this quiz, amazing job!
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Level 62
Apr 20, 2021
Thank you!
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Level 43
Apr 20, 2021
first try (beijing)!!!!
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Level 90
Apr 20, 2021
You ought to change the answer for Washington to be Washington D.C. Then you'll get the standard type-ins for the city, as just DC doesn't work right now.
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Level 62
Apr 20, 2021
Fair point, I'll have a look into changing that
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Level 62
Apr 29, 2021
This change is currently pending approval
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Level 62
Apr 30, 2021
DC will now work
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Level 69
Apr 20, 2021
Really difficult! I don't know if my eyes/brain aren't good enough, but the dots all look the same colour when I'm in the right general area and there are dozens to choose from...

I'll keep plugging away...

edit: I got it with Rotterdam, and I swear Cairo and Damascus were the same colour as London and Ruhr! Optician time I think...

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Level 60
Apr 20, 2021
One has to be somehow lucky if one isn't familiar with the top 200 (yes, some here don't)

Great quiz, thanks!

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Level 66
Apr 21, 2021
Not for me. Too difficult to tell apart different shades of red. I just kept bombing India.
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Level 59
Apr 22, 2021
That's why you do a different strategy and guess in different regions and slowly narrow your distance between guessed cities.
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Level 66
Apr 24, 2021
Koahsiung??? I had zero chance.
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Level 55
May 2, 2021
Ouch. What Unluck.
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Level 63
Apr 28, 2021
Atlanta was the city and i guessed it first lol
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Level 62
Apr 30, 2021
Not sure how you did that, because Atlanta is not among the 50 options :)
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Level 55
May 2, 2021
Busted!
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Level 61
May 10, 2021
I got it in 5: Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, Harbin
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Level 17
May 10, 2021
mine was lima
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Level 66
May 11, 2021
Bhilai! That was unfortunate.
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Level 66
May 11, 2021
Ho chi minh! Excellent :-)
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Level 66
May 11, 2021
Xian! Got it. This is really fun and addictive.
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Level 66
May 12, 2021
Very addictive
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Level 46
May 12, 2021
Damn, I got Cape Town in 3 guesses.
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Level 28
May 14, 2021
Wow. Jeddah with 2 seconds left to push me into lvl 15 and let me comment this. Great quiz!
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Level 60
Jun 6, 2021
Naples again...

Lucky!

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Level 58
Jun 6, 2021
I got it on my 3rd try, first was some city next to Tehran and then it was Shanghai which I was about to write🤷🏻‍♂️. But once I got US I just started spamming east US and Canadian cities till I got Philadelphia lol
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Level 49
Jun 6, 2021
wow i am one of the lucky people - my mystery city was st. petersburg and it was maybe my fifth guess :)
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Level 30
Jun 6, 2021
My phone didn't tell me what the city was. Do you know why this might have happened?
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Level 62
Jun 6, 2021
It might have been off the screen as the SVG is not fully visible in one go on mobile
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Level 52
Jun 6, 2021
Somehow managed to get it on my first guess! That was some amazing luck
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Level 31
Jun 6, 2021
Cologne and Dusseldorf are two different cities. Not sure why they're together as an answer.
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Level 62
Jun 6, 2021
It is based on this quiz, which uses the urban area data from citypopulation.de . Here the Ruhr is divided into two large agglomerations: The Ruhr (with Essen, Dortmund, and so on), and Cologne / Düsseldorf. While they are two different cities, they are in the same urban area according to citypopulation.de. The population numbers of for example Rotterdam also include The Hague and many more cities and towns around it to get to 3 million people.
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Level 42
Jun 6, 2021
I got the answer, Dallas, with two tries!
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Level 56
Jun 6, 2021
SHEESH I got the mystery city (Luanda) in 3 answers.
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Level 28
Jun 6, 2021
I got Luanda 2 times in a row... Is this rigged?
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Level 62
Jun 6, 2021
This quiz is currently getting a take every few seconds, meaning any answer will be repeated quite often between users: there's only 50 possibilities. The chance of getting the same mystery city twice in a row is 2%, so that should happen a lot with the amount of takes this is getting now
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Level 40
Jun 6, 2021
this is amazing
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Level 60
Jun 6, 2021
Got very lucky guessing Tokyo ---> Beijing ---> Wuhan - a certain pandemic probably left that city right at the front of my mind.
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Level 66
Jun 6, 2021
I find I waste a lot of time looking between the legend and the highlit cities trying to determine where they are on the scale. I think it would be a big improvement to use a progression of different colors, rather than shades of a single color.
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Level 62
Jun 6, 2021
Please see my answer to @Luprec above
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Level 47
Jun 7, 2021
Oh no, after unsuccessfully finding the city I realized red was close and not far, I was looking from the wrong side of the map.
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Level 66
Jun 7, 2021
Tokyo, it is pale red, so I type London. Boom got it! What???!
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Level 52
Jun 7, 2021
First guess was London and I got it first try lol
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Level 53
Jun 7, 2021
I got Wuhan, and don't feel like it is a coincidence.
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Level 62
Jun 7, 2021
Great idea! But color gradient could be better...a lot of dark reds look the same.
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Level 52
Jun 8, 2021
I am horrible at cities I don't even know why I tried this quiz but I have 5 points because I guessed Washington Hong Kong Beijing
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Level 53
Jun 9, 2021
I guess miami first then atlanta then mexico city and won.
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Level 62
Jul 2, 2021
I tried my city, São Paulo, it was pale white. So I tried an opposite city, Tokyo, and got it. Great quiz.
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Level 49
Jul 10, 2021
Maybe im just bad with colors, but i think its kinda confusing and hard to tell how close you are. Why not use a larger spectrum, from red to green, or blue to red?
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Level 62
Jul 11, 2021
So going red to any other colour won't affect the amount of colours present, the only way that would happen is by going through multiple colours on the colour scale. However, that would make this unplayable for colorblind people. Hence I chose to go red to white, also following Pandora49s colour scheme.
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Level 28
Aug 26, 2021
It took me ages and then i got it first try on an attempt (Rio)
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Level 55
Sep 8, 2021
Easy I got Paris :P