|Disney is one of my favorite sites to visit because it is a Flash designers inspirational playground. You can count on Disney to create great interactive Flash to go with each new Disney movie. I couldn't wait for Disney's Alice in Wonderland to be released.|
One of the first things I look at when DisneyR creates a supporting website for a new movie is what games they have created. Let's take a tour of what I found. The first thing you will notice is how well Disney incorporates the design elements from the movie into their games. I especially like the use of the deep, jewel-tone colors and gold trim that is used throughout the movie. Repeating these design elements immediately sets the same look and feel for the game as for the movie.
As you know, the Alice in Wonderland movies are based on a 1865 novel by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) entitled Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. So, what better way to begin the Down the Rabbit Hole game but with the pages of an antique book quickly flipping before your eyes. They stop at the first chapter and a small introduction to the game. The basics of this game is to use your mouse to control Alice as she falls down the rabbit hole while trying to collect as many pendant charms as you can and avoid the other objects in the pit. As you might guess, these Flash interactions use mouse events and collision detection.
Another game called Wonderland's Hidden Secrets takes you to the Flower Garden. Remember those hidden objects games in the HighlightsR magazine that we all played as a child? The game was basically a large full page picture in which you had to find and circle hidden objects. This Flash game works on the same principle using a scene of the Flower Garden. What makes this updated version so special is the small animated creatures that intermittently move across the scene. This is no static black and white drawing.
To play the game, you must use your mouse to click on objects as you find them. The Flower Garden scene has several Flash layers and some of the objects are hidden behind flowers on a layer above. To find the objects, you must move the flowers. The games creators have used the new 3D features to make the layers movable. You use your mouse to change your viewpoint (panning) to reveal what is hidden behind these layers.
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