As part of the promotion for the upcoming third installment inĀ The Hobbit trilogy, Google has unveiled an experiment to allow Chrome users to explore Middle Earth the way they might explore Google maps. It is designed to be a 3d gaming experience, playable on web browsers phones and tablets. Here is the trailer:

It’s an interesting idea, with some potential, but I found it somewhat disappointing that the locations are not 3d environments, but simple and rather unsatisfying minigames. I would have much preferred the opportunity to explore at my own pace the environments that we know from the movies. That aside, its an interesting experiment, and I suspect that it won’t be the last time that we see something like this from Google.

Explore Middle Earth here: