Can you guess the suburb of Canberra by its silhouette? Meet the suburb

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If you’re obsessed with Wordle like me, you’ve probably found your way to its corny cousins.

We’re talking about Worldle (where you guess the country based on an outline of its border), Moviedle (guess the movie based on a one-second trailer), Flagdle (guess the flag), Flagle (guess the flag based on snippets shown in a grid) and Framed (guess the movie based on single frames).

Now get ready for Suburb—the Canberra-made game that lets you guess the suburbs by their outlines. Think you know the Bruce boundary? How about the Oxley outline? Scullin’s form? It will test you.


Created by 18-year-old ANU student Aden Power, Suburble gives you six guesses to identify the right suburb and was inspired by Aden’s family love for Wordle and similar games.

“My family plays Wordle, Worldle, Heardle, Flaggle and more every night after dinner – in fact my younger brother has incredibly good geography skills so he’s mostly doing all the work – and one night about a fortnight ago we were discussing how the idea of ​​Worldle could be applied in other places,” says Aden.

“That’s when I thought you could make a Worldle game pretty much anywhere, because all map data needs to be public information that can be used by apps like Google Maps. So tonight- there after dinner I stayed up quite late to learn about ‘Shapefiles’ and ‘Geographical Information Systems’ The government makes it easy to access all coordinates of all suburban boundaries, so when we all woke up the next morning my parents found that the idea had stuck with me and I had managed to generate (quite rambling) images of all the suburbs.”

Aden, who studies math, says he often does “little coding projects like Suburble” because “it’s a really fun way to make something tangible.”

“I’ve been playing with code since I was quite young; my mom is a developer and showed me how when i was probably around 10 years old. She really encouraged me to do stuff like that and even gave me tips for Suburble.

“As an aside, I understand that these days, 10 years old isn’t that young to start programming anymore because it’s integrated into school curricula, which is great news.”

Aden explains that the name of the game went through several phases, starting with “Canberrale” (“which doesn’t really come out of the language”) and comments from family and friends like “Capital” and “ACTle” before Aden’s dad doesn’t suggest “Suburble”. ‘, which Aden says stuck.

“A lot of the development went like this: letting my aunts and uncles play the game and making a few little style changes based on their feedback.”

It’s clear that while the game is enjoyable in its simplicity, many hours have gone into making it happen.

“For a while I thought I was going to have to manually capture over a hundred suburbs, which I dreaded. In the end, I decided it would be faster to learn to understand a bit more coordinate files and generate the images using a bit of code I wrote the code for this part in python which went through a few iterations.

As for Aden’s favorite suburban shape, he says it “has to be Capital Hill” which (spoiler alert) is perfectly round.

“To see this happen while I was testing the game with my family was hilarious and I love that there’s a small chance every day of it happening again,” he says.

For Aden, it’s about sharing the fun.

“I just wanted to say that going public (which I did about 40 hours ago) was so cool because I got so, so, so much positive feedback,” he says. “I looked at the analytics on the page to see that around 3000 people have played Suburble in less than two days, which is just mind blowing.”

Want to play? Visit Our clue? Be sure to remember which suburbs border mountains, reserves, rivers and the ACT/NSW border!

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