Cube - Google Provides Fun with Maps
Cube - Google Provides Fun with Maps
Written by Harry Fairhead   
Monday, 30 April 2012

Google has come up with a game that showcases both WebGL and Google Maps.

Google is working hard at giving us games and pastimes and its latest offering is Cube, a game based around Google Maps.

Essentially its a maze game with eight levels of difficulty and eight locations - including New York, San Francisco,Paris, London and Tokyo. Its your speed that counts and so you might find yourself replaying levels in order to beat your previous time. You guide a rolling ball around the streets by tilting the playing surface. The tilt is set using the cursor keys as input but it is obvious that it could be easily modified to use a tablet's sensors to control the ball.

The games have various "twists" to help you explore different aspects of Google Maps - the cycle layer the London underground layer and so on. For example, in the London underground game the ball vanishes into a subway station to reappear at one further down the line. The land mark buildings are also rendered in 3D.

 

mapcube2

As the game loads (slowly) you'll notice the words "This is a Chrome Experiment" at the bottom left of the screen. In fact it's purpose is to demo WebGL and HTML5 technology and to promote Google Maps - and to encourage those who can't play the game as their browser doesn't support WebGL - and that is all users of IE and some early version Firefox users, to download Chrome.

mapcube1

As a side issue, it once again raises the question of how much longer Microsoft can hold out against WebGL and how much longer it will take Internet Explorer users to realize that they are missing out by not using a standards-supporting browser. 

To play visit www.playmapscube.com

mapcube3

Related Articles

 WebGL 3D Graphs on Google

WebGL Playground - Now Open

Microsoft Drops VML and Filters in IE10

Google MapsGL for a deeper experience

Microsoft no WebGL support - it's insecure

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

 

To be informed about new articles on I Programmer, subscribe to the RSS feed, follow us on Google+, Twitter, Linkedin or Facebook or sign up for our weekly newsletter.

 

Banner


Throw A Paper Plane Around The World And Catch One!
24/09/2016

Is this VR, AR or something else? The Google blog explaining the idea doesn't seem clear on the matter either. It all starts with a simple thought, "What if you could throw a paper plane from one scre [ ... ]



//No Comment - Swift 3, Faster Parallel & Ruby 2.4.0
15/09/2016

Members of the IProgrammer team each have their own favorite languages and we try to keep up with all the latest developments. These are the most recent three and as we have nothing to add they are pr [ ... ]


More News

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 April 2012 )
 
 

   
Banner
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2016 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.