Google Releases Two New Chrome Experiments Mobile Games
The new Chrome slot car racing and virtual Skee-ball games allow players to compete with friends on their mobile devices.Google's Chrome Experiments project just unveiled two free new mobile video games aimed at slot-car-racing and Skee-ball fans. "We spend huge chunks of our lives on our phones and tablets," wrote Iain Tait, a Google Chrome creative director, in a May 28 post on the Google Chrome Blog. "And since life shouldn't be all work and no play, we've created two new Chrome Experiments—Roll It and Racer—that let you play with other people using phones, tablets and computers running Chrome." Roll It is a modern-day version of the classic boardwalk Skee-ball game that players can play using a browser on their phone, desktop or laptop computer, wrote Tait. Players using Chrome on a smartphone can aim and roll the ball with a flick of a wrist, while Chrome on a computer renders the 3D graphics as if the player is playing on an actual Skee-ball alley. The Racer game lets players build slot-car-style race tracks, which can then align across up to five mobile screens that are used by friends who have joined the game. "Touch your screen, and your car speeds across all the phones and tablets, not just your own," wrote Tait. "This shows a hint of what's possible when Web experiences are designed for a multi-player (and multi-device) world."
The Roll It and Racer games "use the latest in Web technologies and keep themselves synchronized using WebSockets, which allows data to be sent between multiple devices and servers at any time," wrote Tait. "Developers interested in learning more should stay tuned to the Chromium blog for documentation on how we made both games."