“OK Glass, play a game…” are five little words that will allow you to pick five games to play from the newly released, Mini Games for Glass, from the Google Glass Developers. These games were actually pushed out to try to show some of the unique features and design characteristics of Glass, in hopes that it would encourage app developers to put their game-face onto Glass.
Some of the features that Google recommends be used on designing games are, Voice Invocation – jump directly into a game from the main voice menu, as Google encourages the use of voice actions to help minimize the time to go from intent to action. Secondly, the Sensors in Glass offer a unique playing experience – head tilts, voice recognition, or hand movements, allows the game designer to integrate the sensor motions into the game for a unique gaming experience. Finally, we have Simplicity – each game is simple and straightforward to play, so if the user has a few quick minutes to kill, they can easily play a game to escape from reality, but just as quickly, refocus their mind back to reality. The five games consist of Tennis, where your head becomes the racket and using the gyroscope and accelerometer, Glass precisely gauges your head tilts to hit the ball. The second game is called Balance, and here you tilt your head to the right or the left to keep a pile of books balanced on your “head.”
The next game is titled Clay Shooter, that is a classic shooting game where the sound of your voice saying, “Pull!” releases a clay pigeon launched in the direction you are looking, and you tilt your head to line up the sights and then say “Fire!” to shoot the pigeon down. If you are looking to test your memory and concentration, then Matcher may be your game – it uses the accelerometer and gyroscope to have you choose cards with your head and then tap on the arm of Glass to select as you try to get as many matches as possible before time runs out. The final Mini Game is called Shape Splitter, where the user must slice up shapes as they move their hands in front of Glass’s camera. Check out the short video to get an idea of how the games operate – looks like great fun! Please let us know on our Google+ Page if you’re a proud owner of Google Glass and have played the Mini Games yet – what you think of them and if you are excited about Glass’s gaming possibilities.