Travel Game: Google Earth Powered Social Game

Travel Game is the first online social game powered by Google Earth, and the first game of its kind to provide players with real, free travel rewards. Currently in beta testing, Travel Game is being unveiled for the first time at Google I/O 2011. Travel Game was conceived by Jeff Katz, a technology and travel […]

Travel Game is the first online social game powered by Google Earth, and the first game of its kind to provide players with real, free travel rewards. Currently in beta testing, Travel Game is being unveiled for the first time at Google I/O 2011. Travel Game was conceived by Jeff Katz, a technology and travel industry veteran, and founding CEO of Orbitz, Inc.

"Touristo and Skydiver, our first two titles, provide players with the experience of sky diving over the Earth and navigating a Touristo vehicle through exotic locales via Google Earth's virtual 3D globe. To take advantage of the awesome imagery, terrain, and 3D models available in Google Earth, we built a custom framework that ties into several Google APIs, including Google Earth, Google Maps, and even Google's currency converter API," stated John Taylor, Lead Game Designer, Travel Game.

"The current beta version of Travel Game has been developed and nurtured by a team of travel and gaming industry experts. We're extremely excited about creating online exploration that translates into real-world experiences. At this point, we're just scratching the surface and see great potential for creating more great games and social communities as an overlay to Google Earth."

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