Thursday, December 09, 2010

A Google Maps Adventure Game

Virtual Village II


Last year I wrote about Virtual Village II an online adventure game built on top of the Google Maps API. In the game you are able to move around on a map and interact with other players, with virtual players and with buildings and objects.

Virtual Village II has now been updated with a number of new features. It is now possible to log-in to the game with your Facebook account. The game also now features a number of YouTube cut scenes. When you move around the village there are a number of videos that show the locations of the village in real life.

More villages have also been added to the game and you can move between the different villages. The game now uses Open Layers but also features integration with the Google Earth browser plug-in.

The game supports English and Spanish. Here are some quick tips to help you explore the game world:

1. Walking - you can only walk short distances so click on the map fairly near your game avatar to walk to that position. You can not walk through buildings so stick to the roads.

2. Entering buildings - you can only enter some buildings. The game instructions tell you when you are near a building that you can enter. The instructions point you in the direction of the building and tell you how far away it is. When you are in the right position click enter and then click on the building in the map.

3. Virtual Players - it is important to interact with the virtual players as they can give you objects that you will need later.

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