About 18 months ago, Google announced a rather fun looking WebGL Lego simulator called Build which gave a limited number of people a small plot of land on which to build your own Lego creation online. Pretty neat.
Now, fast forward to present day and Google have just launched the much improved Build with Chrome to everyone, and it’s a whole lot more brilliant!
I haven’t been this excited by a web application in a long time. Give it a couple of years, maybe a touch more, and I think as a community we will have large portions of the world entirely mapped out in Lego! Very cool!
You can build on any device running the Chrome browser, so because you’re not restrained to your desktop that bus journey home is suddenly looking a lot more fun.
Additional geographical features let you browse other creations by location around the world, with popular items so far including an attempt on the Eiffel Tower and even a tardis on the bank of the Thames in London. The best thing to do is head over and explore the world of bricks for yourself.
It’s not a replacement for original Lego building blocks, but more an extension of the idea into the digital era.
With the Build Academy Challenges and an option to just build your own creations on a standard base plate there is many hours of fun to be had (and no need for a Brick Separator* when you get a couple of 1×2 pieces get stuck together!).
My first build was something very appropriate, even if I couldn’t resist the odd add-on pieces to decorate. Happy building!
*I didn’t even know these existed until researching for this blog post!