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It's the late afternoon - wouldn't you like to sneak out of work to head down to the boardwalk and play some skee-ball? Well, Google might not be able to hide your tracks as you escape your day job, but you can still salvage some fun while locked away in your office. A new Chrome Experiment has just been launched that uses your phone's accelerometer to fling a virtual ball on your desktop browser.

The setup is simple, just browse to g.co/rollit on both your desktop and smartphone. It seems most mobile browsers will work, even Safari on the iPhone. Click through the instructions on both screens until you are asked to enter a code, which will be used to pair your phone and desktop. Once connected, use your thumb to aim the ball, tilt the phone to control the starting position, and swing your arm. While you should hold onto your phone carefully, the game expects a fairly gentle, slow-speed motion. Nobody wants to see your phone careening over the wall of your cubical. Every level offers a new board and a special ball with a randomly chosen power.

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Google has created quite a few novelties like this in the past, including another one that uses your phone as a controller. If you have the time, check out the Chrome Experiments page for some of the other cool ideas from Google and many other developers. Now you've got several ways to waste the rest of your work day.

Chrome Experiments, Roll It

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • ron thegentleman

    This sounds fun, can't wait to try it out

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    It's pretty good - but on the 4th or 5th level my phone screen turned off and when I turned it back on whilst the tilt was still being sent to the desktop browser - the accelerometer data was not - so I could no longer roll the ball :( Had to restart. Also the "randomly" chosen ball is actually one of 3 - and they are offered in the same pattern (in the game I played) Atomic (ball splits into 2 and seems impossible to do anything useful with). Hover - ball stops in mid air and you have to tilt the phone (side to side plus up and down) to aim where you want it to hover too - but it continues moving at the original speed once the timer is up and finally fireball which is the most useful - it turns any "cup" it lands in into a 100 point area - so land it in a 10 point barrier instead of a cup and every ball you throw that lands in the 10 point barrier earns 100 points. (there may be more in later levels but that is as far as I got) It's pretty easy to cheat a highscore as every level gives the option to replay it multiple times - and you just keep playing until the fireball appears (which it will every 3rd attempt).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      There's really no good reason to cheat, though. Without Play Games for leaderboards or achievements, nobody will ever see your high score. I legitimately earned a couple of really good scores without the fireball, but it's only a novelty since nothing is kept (unless you take screenshots).

      For me, the special balls weren't in rotation, but they didn't seem to repeat either. Once, I got the hover ball, followed by the atomic ball, then the hover ball again.

      As an aside, I also noticed that different browsers have different levels of accuracy with the accelerometer. That was a bit odd...

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        Oh, I'm not saying people should cheat - just my observations in the short time I was playing - I was simply retrying levels because I was pretty crap - I'm not sure if it's because I'm laid in bed and my "swinging" is more flicking the phone from horizontal to vertical or if it is just because I am really really rubbish but as I was retrying levels I noticed the balls always came in the same rotation..... (possibly not though if you play each level only once)

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          I don't think it had very much to do with you laying in bed. I tried really hard to produce nearly identical swings, and I saw everything from the ball barely making it to the board all the way to it flying completely over the top. I even tested it on 3 different devices with 5 (total) browsers, and the only "consistent" results seemed to be on the iPhone, which could barely get the ball to the board no matter how hard the throw was.

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            well.... at least it makes me feel better. Yes I got pretty much the same result - sometimes it would just go right off the board and other times it would barely make it across the barrier. There were a few times when going for the 100 cans that it would bounce off the top of the can and then roll along the right hand side of the board wall before dropping into the digital void.

  • leo Finn

    Pretty fun. I can see Its a start towards some even more great stuff too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.breszkovics Danny365

    "Open your phone's mobile browser. Chrome works best, but any modern browser will do." - Seems like Dolphin and Next Browser aren't modern enough...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Neither is the Blackberry 10 browser, which brags about being the most html5-compliant browser out there.

  • matt

    Google TV Chrome browser?

  • Craig Muldoon

    It was okay. The best thing about it was the potential for further connectivity through the phone and desktop browser. The accelerometer was a bit average in so far as the delay and accuracy simply selecting whether to replay a level or move onto the next one. The game won't win any noble prizes, but the concept and idea behind it only shows that there is a lot more to come..

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  • Goldenpins

    My instantly crashes chrome using W8,8GB and AMD FX-8350. Doesn't even pass the introduction on the desktop side before Chrome crashes.

    • Nasko Hristov

      Same here/ :(

  • GraveUypo

    it was way way worse than the simplest wii and kinect games, which put this way down in the "fun things to do" list as a game. it's ok as an experiment tho.

  • Christopher Theofilaktos

    Keeps crashing before I can play.

  • MerdescuRazvan

    this is cool. We want more games like this :D

  • Debadatta Bose

    You guys should try "Racer".

    g.co/racer

  • william

    it was fun at the office

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            Yeah, I don't get what that's all about; probably something to subvert with spam filters. These are so ridiculous and poorly written, they're actually hilarious. So, let me get this straight; this fake user's girlfriend's brother's best friend's aunt's neighbor made X dollars with this scam, and that's a testimonial that's intended to win over the tech-savvy readers of AndroidPolice? Oh boy.

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  • Chris Brown

    Only would load once on my computer then always a blank screen. The one time that it loaded...I tried syncing to my phone with the code but everytime it would fail...even when both were on the same network connection.

    Needs work. Definitely not ready for primetime.

  • Dan

    Lagorific.

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