Mini Maps is a great driving game for Facebook that lets you race anywhere in the world on Google Maps.
You can race on tracks created by other players, competing against the best track times or even race against others by inviting your Facebook friends to play. Alternatively you can create your own tracks, set the best time and challenge others to try and beat you.
The game has some great features. Visibility is affected by the local time, so, for example, if you log into San Francisco at night, you are going to be driving with the assistance of your headlamps.
Unlike most Google Maps based driving games this one actually features collision detection. There’s no off road driving here – you will have to stick to those roads. The game also lets you select from a number of Mini models and even lets you customise the look of your car.
A Map of the Floating City is an interesting looking new game that has created its own game world with the help of Google Maps.
You can sign up for the game with Twitter or Facebook and you are then given your own ship, which will magically appear on the Google Map. The main objective of the the game is to trade with other players in order to move your ship forward on the map.
When you have a trade accepted you get to move your trading partner north on the map. If you accept a trade from another player then your ship gets to move.
This game does require a little patience. The game requires responses from other players so it is obviously never going to be an all out action game. You’ll need to make your trade offers and then come back later to see if they have been accepted.
Since being established on Earth Day in 1995, Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund has contributed more than $15 million to non-profit organizations around the world in a wide range of environmental conservation efforts. Visitors to Disney parks are able to contribute to this fund in a variety of ways, including opportunities to contribute while visiting “Animal Kingdom” and purchasing reusable shopping bags while on board the Disney Cruise Line.
Teaming up with Concept3D, Disney has just unveiled a Google Earth Plugin-based visualization that allows you to fly around the world to see the places where DWCF is working to protect wildlife.
When you click on an item, as seen above, you get a wealth of information including a text summary, photos, videos and links to other sites. They also include various “like” buttons to share items of interest with your friends on Facebook.
You can read more about their new Google Earth feature on the Disney Parks Blog, or try it yourself on their Google Earth Plugin-powered site.
With the Galaxy S update to Gingerbread fresh in our minds, the manufacturer is wasting no time in bringing their original superphone up to the latest version of Android, 2.3.4. A leak of the new Gingerbread build dating from June 3rd has been uncovered for the Galaxy S I9000, though the actual update could still be a ways off.
Samsung’s start with Android was a bit rocky to say the least, but recent moves have seen them slowly rising to the top of the pile. Quicker Android updates, better developer relations, and some killer new hardware all play a factor. If Samsung is able to deliver Android 2.3.4 to the original Galaxy flagship, it will earn them major brownie points
A lot of games have been created using Google Earth (and/or the Google Earth Plug-in) as the playing field. We wrote up an overview of many of them last year, and since then we’ve seen a few other great ones like “Drive the A-Team Van” and “Ships 1.5“. However, I don’t think I’ve yet seen a game that makes such extensive use of Google Ocean as I’ve seen with Sony’s new Project Shiphunt.