Google Turns Your Favorite Website into Smartphone-Controlled 3D Maze [Video]

A Google Chrome Experiment turns any webpage into an incredible smartphone-controlled maze.

The Internet searching giant has launched World Wide Maze, an entertaining interactive game that turns a website into a 3D maze that a user must navigate a marble through using a smartphone as a controller.

The game is created for Google’s Chrome browser and to get the full experience, one has to download Chrome for both his desktop and his smartphone and then sync the two together so that the game works on both devices.

When synchronizing a  smartphone and desktop Google Chrome user can visit any websute he wants in such an unusual way.  The site will be transformed into a 3D maze with little crystals a user must collect on his path to the finish line; just tilt his smartphone to control the direction of the marble.

“We gave the game a try on the Mashable site and have to say it’s a lot of fun. Mashable in particular was divided up into several different levels, which offers a unique perspective of the site, and made for a pretty interesting trip through the maze,” reported Mashable of the game.

“You’ll need iOS 5 or above or Android 4.0 or above in order for the game to work; I was able to get it running on both an iPhone and Nexus 4 here at the HuffPost offices, where I have been bothering my coworkers for the last thirty minutes with my giggling and squeals of delight,” explained Jason Gilbert of The Huffington Post.

The news comes two weeks after Google rolled out some significant changes to Google+ profiles that bring bigger cover photos, a whole new look for the “about” section, and a new tab for your reviews.

Among the changes is a new tab for local reviews — a move in line with Google’s efforts to expand local search across its platforms.

The new design places more emphasis on photos and looks more like Facebook. There is also a new Local tab that takes users to reviews of restaurants and other businesses in their communities.

Members will also start to see larger cover photos with a better aspect ratio. Now, cover photos display 2120 pixels by 1192 pixels at a 16:9 ratio when fully expanded.

To put the immense size of these photos comparative to your screen, take a look at the new cover photo in our screen shot above.

With this size Google Product Manager Sara McKinley encourages users to get creative with their cover photos and says, “more images can be used as cover photos, and there’s more room for your selection to shine.”

Your “About” section has also received an update. It’s a completely new design that puts all of your separate pieces of information into their own color-coded cards. Each info card features its own “edit” button as well.

Lastly, a new “Reviews” tab has been added to the top of your profile alongside the ones for your +1s, YouTube videos, photos, and posts. As you would imagine, this tab houses all of your Google Local reviews.

“Highlight your favorite restaurants, or hide the tab completely via settings – it’s completely up to you,” says Google.

“Everything’s rolling out gradually, so check back soon if you don’t see it yet,” McKinley said at the time.

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