Published on March 21st, 2013 | by Andy Astruc3
Google Chrome turns the internet into a marble game
Those crazy, kooky weirdo lunatics at Google, what will they think of next? Search engines, internet browsers, social networks and now a 3D maze game which transforms ordinary websites into platforming playgrounds. This Google Chrome “experiment” takes a website of your choosing and turns it into a maze, complete with ramps, jumps, elevators and blue spheres to collect. What do the spheres do? They raise your score, of course. We gamers do love scores.
Above you can see the delightfully whimsical result of running AWESOMEoutof10 through the mystical algorithm, and you can see that Barnabas has been peppered with scorbs, while the Dudes page has been reborn as a pretty sick marble jump.
The game, such as it is, is about guiding your marble from the start of the page all the way to a goal vortex at the bottom. You can control World Wide Maze with the keyboard, or if you have a smartphone that can run Chrome you can sync up and play using the tilt function. It’s like Super Monkey Ball is loose inside your PC.
As an experiment it’s rather nifty, and it shows neatly how the inspiration point for a game can come from absolutely anywhere. The tool also reminds me of an ancient relic called Operation: Inner Space, which was a Windows 3.1 game about jumping inside your computer. Not to be confused with the 1987 film Innerspace in which Dennis Quaid lives inside Martin Short. Operation: Inner Space was a shareware title where a demon had infected your computer and you had to pilot a microscopic ship to suck up your precious programs and destroy the demon. With lasers. It used your actual file system to create the levels and collectables, and can amazingly still be found on the company’s website as if time itself stopped.
Otherwise, just run your second favourite site (sorry, no porn it seems) through the Chrome maze and watch your life ebb away.