And you get to build a monstrosity in your mother-in-law's front garden, too
Google and Lego obviously had a playdate recently, and it seems they got along: they’ve done a mash-up for kids young and old in the shape of Build with Chrome.
According to the Google Chrome Blog this was an Australian idea that’s now global: basically you start with Google maps, pick your location and stake your claim to a nobbly patch of land, and get building.
Once you get the hang of it, placing bricks is pretty easy; you can only place blocks on top of each other (naturally), but oddly you can then remove supporting bricks. So the Hanging Gardens of Bablyon should be a cinch.
However, as the above goes to prove, you might need a small child to help you do something half-way decent; sadly Mrs Dadhack wouldn’t let me wake up the kids. Naturally, this being Google, there’s a hook-up to Google+ if you want to share it, and you can browse your neighbourhood to find out if they’ve built any swimming pools without planning permission, just like the real Google Maps.
It’s fun, it’s easy, and it also provides a nice introduction to 3D perspective too, as you rotate and zoom the board to place that tricky last brick on the Taj Mahal.
Had a bash? Post a link to your effort in the comments!