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Googler Offers Mini HTML5 Gmail Space Game

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A Googler, by the name of Paul Truong (Creative Technologist) has created a game based on his love for Gmail. The game was created with HTML5, and runs a little choppy in Firefox.

The Gmail game is a throwback to arcade games of yesteryear in which you’re a spaceship flying around, shooting various flying objects. You know the kind – Galaga, Stinger, Lifeforce, and probably dozens of others.

The boss is some Android-looking object made out of a bird cage that swings spiked balls at you, though doesn’t appear to be able to get to you if you’re at the bottom of the screen. Not incredibly challenging, but I don’t think they intend to turn this into a moneymaker.

Gmail Game

Gmail Game

"Webmail has come a long way in the past few years but it’s all too easy to take for granted practically unlimited inbox capacities and responsive interfaces backed by the power of search," says Truong. "While I’m not on the Gmail team, I felt a little celebration of how far we’ve come was in order, so I wrote a little HTML5 game, in part as a ‘thank you’ to the Gmail team for their ongoing work to improve the webmail galaxy. If you’re into games, or just like the idea of flying m-velopes that shoot bad guys, give it a try (make sure you’re using a modern browser that supports HTML5 first)."

Part Gmail promotion, part Chrome promotion, part waste of time (no offense to Truong). Check it out if you’re really bored.

Gmail: The Game


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  • http://marketsamuraipromocode.com Michael M

    Indeed running sloppy on FF, but I won :-)

  • http://www.the-franchise-shop.com uk business franchises

    A better story than this would be “Google employee’s blog spammed to hell”

    Have you seen the amount of pharma spam in his comments section? Tsk tsk, not good to auto approve comments in this way and a Googler should know better!

  • Guest

    If this game were made in Flash, the frame rate would be smooth as butter. The choppiness of this HTML5 game is evidence that HTML5 has a long way to go to make Flash obsolete. The birdcage boss is a clever idea, though. Nice nod to Life Force and Gradius :)

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