If you’re up for defeating a dragon sometime soon, you might want to take a look at Google’s latest Chrome experiment. Tied in with the up-coming movie ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’, Journey Through Middle-Earth is a virtual romp through JRR Tolkien’s much-loved fantasy landscape of elves, trolls, and of course, hobbits.
No need for a fellowship or a magical ring to help you on this trip, though, Journey through Middle-Earth can be enjoyed from your PC, phone, or tablet. You don’t even need Google Chrome strictly speaking, although it is the browser that 9 out of 10 wizards recommend for this adventure.
Your adventure through Middle-Earth begins on a large interactive map, from which you can choose to zoom in and get a look at some of the fantastical locales featured in Peter Jackson’s famous film adaptations. You can choose to explore the ruined city of Dol Guldur, the elvish outpost of Rivendell, or the rocky landscape of the Lonely Mountain.
The Chrome experiment was developed by North Kingdom, working in collaboration with Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, and Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer. Journey through Middle-Earth is the first Chrome experiment designed to bring a 3D experience to mobile, and the graphics were built with Css3 and WebGL.