In a world gone dark, there is one small glimmer of hope. And when we say small, we mean small.
MC Hamster is the galaxy's biggest little explorer. He's got serious ups. And he's always down for adventure. Help him leap tall pancakes. Smash evil minions. And foil the plans of an evil space pirate. All to save his home planet of Fluffspheria from eternal darkness.
Sir StealsALot, notorious space pirate, has stolen the Jewels of Light from Fluffspheria and the whole planet has gone dark. Unless MC Hamster can defeat the salty sea villains evil Arrrgobots, find the Jewels of Light, and return them to his home planet, all the nocturnal creatures of Fluffspheria will run on their wheels nonstop, never sleep again, and eventually expire from exhaustion!
Will MC Hamster burrow under the pressure? Or save the day? With your help, the future looks bright. Get it, bright?
It's time to hike up your baggy pants, plug in your headphones, set your mouse aside, and get ready for an adventure with a rodent of a different kind. So without further delay, as MC Hamster would say, let's get this party started!
Mighty as he is small. Courageous as he is cute. Fierce as he is fluffy!
Rapping Snapping, Dancing, Romancing, Schmooing, Never Losing, Rubbing his back on rugs
FAVORITE FOODS: Berries and nuts
LEAST FAVORITE FOODS: Stinky cheeses
FASHION TIP: Edgy with a hint of fluff
FAVORITE CATCH PHRASE: Can't touch this
HIDDEN TALENT: Does his own stunts
BIGGEST WEAKNESS: Pretty lady hamsters
Kids at school made fun of him for having one eye. He never did get over it.
Arrrrrguing with his parrot, stealing arrrrrt, and hitting up the barrrrr
FAVORITE FOODS: Arrrrsiago cheese, anything staarrrchy
LEAST FAVORITE FOODS: Sweets
FASHION TIP: Arrrrrgyle
FAVORITE CATCH PHRASE: ARRRGH!
HIDDEN TALENT: Ordering Arrrrgobots around
BIGGEST WEAKNESS: Carrrr sickness
To create this game the team had to weave a complex relationship between multiple browsers that communicate with each other and all come together in a cohesive side-scrolling adventure. The biggest breakthrough for this project came from developing an easy-to-use and flexible character rigging, skinning, and animating system that revolutionizes the process for creating character animations in HTML/CSS3/JS, rivaling Flash-enabled animations.
HTML5 technologies, such as Workers, Canvas and Audio, play an important role in this experience, but the most complex piece of the project was developing an original set of tools to make the whole game come to life, these include Advanced Character Rigging, Animation Timeline, LocalToLocal, GlobalToLocal and LocalToGlobal, Window to Window hit detection, and Window Master.
Galaxy Explorer™, a first of its kind, is meant to spark creative uses of web browsers and pushes the needle towards the next generation of browser experiences. We hope this project inspires technologists to challenge the browsers of today.
We invite the developer community to send us their thoughts and comments via email to labs [at] mcgarrybowen.com
Galaxy Explorer could not be possible without the tireless efforts, support and dedication from many talented individuals:
Sr. Creatologist, LABS
Game Creator, Lead Game Developer, and Illustrator
Senior Producer, LABS
Technology Director, LABS
Senior Interactive Developer
Game Intro Animation
Creative Director, LABS