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Google’s ‘Verne: The Himalayas’ Is Fun For Kids

Google experiments again!

About Verne: the Himalayas:

Google’s new app, Verne: The Himalayas is an app that gives you the ability to explore the world in an entirely new way. The app is built using Google’s 3D imagery. Google Maps has already brought 3D imagery to other places such as Paris, Rio de Janeiro, New York City, Mont Blanc and the Grand Canyon. It could be both a useful and fun educational tool for kids and adults as well. The company claims it is an ‘experiment’. “Verne: the Himalayas” was built by Googlers who tested the concept with their own children and used Google Maps’ 3D imagery along with the Unity game engine, according to its website.

How it works?

The app provides a Yeti named Verne through which we can explore Himalayas. The 500 feet tall yeti can run around the Himalayan range, and climb the Everest by using skates and jetpacks. It also allows you to play Himalayan instrument and chase yaks while exploring the Himalayas. Bits of information are provided (like the altitude of mountains, about the instruments). You can also fly across the snow-covered ranges, slide down steep hills, and hang-glide from one peak to another.

Here’s a video of the Verne: The Himalayas;

Given its limited focus- only the Himalayas- this app will probably keep kids amused for a short period of time. The app is only available on Google Play, as a free download for Android devices.

What do you think about this game? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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