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Google gamifies Maps, launches Cube

Google Maps, which has been the basis of several games before, was further gamified over the weekend with the release of Cube, a 3D game which challenges players to navigate a marker from one point to another in the fastest possible time.

By:AFP
| Updated on: May 01 2012, 11:48 IST

Google Maps, which has been the basis of several games before, was further gamified over the weekend with the release of Cube, a 3D game which challenges players to navigate a marker from one point to another in the fastest possible time.

The game involves a large cube; players have to move a marker placed on the cube from one point to another by tilting it in a similar manner to the classic game Labyrinth. The cube spins when generating new levels, eight in all, and the game features a number of hidden extras such as a traffic map, similar to that which can be found in Google's Maps application.

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Google's Cube can be played at playmapscube.com (requires Chrome to run). The game first came to light earlier this year and was initially expected to launch in February 2012. A video exploring the concept can be found on YouTube.

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Other notable examples of Google Maps being used for gaming include Real World Racer by Tom Scott, which lets drivers race around Google Maps in 2D, and Class 3 Outbreak, which combines zombie-hunting with Street View.

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First Published Date: 01 May, 11:34 IST
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