by Patrick Ilagan . November 30th, 2013
Like you guys we too are ecstatic about the newest Hobbit installment which is why we are going to take a trip to Middle-Earth in Awesome Web Design of the Week to quench that fanboy/girl thirst. Get yourselves ready because this is going to be a fun but a perilous ride as we learn more about the who’s who in Middle-Earth and the ones to avoid in this amazing first ever web experience optimized for mobile devices.
To the lovely folks with smartphones and tablets we suggest you guys check out the site there for an amazing web experience. Folks on the computer don’t fret because this amazing web experience is available on your computers as well.
The website starts off as a map wherein people can visit some parts of Middle-Earth. As of this writing there is only a few accessible areas such as; Rivendell, Trollshaws and Dol Guldur. The locked areas are Thranduil’s Hall, Lake-Town and Erebor which we assume will be unlocked when the movie is released. The each area starts off with a parallax scroll animation using some scenes from the first Hobbit movie and ends with an amazing mini-game. With that said we suggest you guys try to take out the Dol Guldur if you are looking for a real challenge.
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug web experience is just stunning especially for those who are using high resolution display tablets such as the Nexus 7 and the iPad Air. The visuals are amazing without a doubt but what is more stunning is the code work behind it. The guys from HTML5Rocks along with Google and Warner Bros created started this web experience with the goal of bringing an interactive web site experience to mobile computers. It might sound like cake walk for some but for those who knows the pipe work in dealing with interactive web experience will tell you otherwise. For those who are interested you guys might want to read it out.
What do you guys think? Are you excited about the new movie? Were you able to beat the Dol Guldur mini-game? Share your thoughts at the comments below!
Banner Image credit: thehobbit.com
Patrick Jude Ilagan is a graphic designer/photographer hailing from the vast jungles of urban Manila. Always on the look out for visually appealing stuff he scours the internet and the bustling city in search of inspiration. His tools for mass creation is a Canon 500D along with a wide array of lights and lenses plus a 4 year old (but still fighting) laptop. Check out his work on Tumblr.
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