Today we are excited to announce that the groundbreaking game Contre Jour has come to the web with IE10 and Windows 8. You can play it here – www.contrejour.ie. Contre Jour started as an iOS game earning multiple accolades, including the 2011 “iPad Game of the Year” and a 2012 Webby award nomination for “Best Tablet Game.” Bringing Contre Jour to the web has resulted in arguably the most ambitious use of HTML5 to date. Coupled with the entirely new IE10 browsing experience, the game play of Contre Jour on the web is simply stunning. It is as fast and fluid as many native apps, and with IE10 and Windows 8, it is perfect for touch. Once you start playing in IE10 on Windows 8, you immediately forget you’re on a website. Check it out:
Contre Jour is based on the French phrase “against daylight,” and the app’s compelling design aesthetic blurs the lines between interactive art and gaming as players are transported into a beautiful, mysterious world. We were genuinely inspired by the unique beauty of the app and wanted to help bring it to the web with HTML5, IE10, and Windows 8.
We partnered with Contre Jour creator Maksym (Max) Hryniv, the team at Mokus, and an awesome developer team at Clarity Consulting.. To be honest, the effort was so ambitious, we weren’t sure it was possible at the start.
“I didn’t think it was possible to bring all the intricacies of my game to the web,” said Max. “I was so reluctant initially that I insisted we start by just developing ten levels. But after I played the game on a tablet using IE10, I was amazed—it was like nothing I had seen before on the web. Once I understood how amazing the web game could be, I immediately went to work on creating more levels!” Contrejour.ie now includes 30 levels – including ten that exclusively work on modern browsers that support multi-touch.
Perfect for Touch: Contre Jour with IE10 really helps paint a picture of what is possible when it comes to the future of touch on the web. IE10 not only provides a browser UI that is perfect for touch — dedicating 100% of the pixels to the site with a full-screen chromeless UI — but provides developers a new set of multi-touch capabilities that change what is possible on the web. In fact, Contre Jour is the first game brought to the web that actually requires multi-touch on particular levels. These kind of multi-touch experiences have typically been limited to apps, but with IE10 and its extensive touch support, the team has been able to deliver an elaborate and engaging game that requires users to get hands on to complete levels.
A truly ambitious use of HTML5. The visuals are stunning, and the math behind making all these features come alive is intense. With hundreds of active elements on the screen at any point in time, the level of interactivity is pretty unprecedented. Unlike other games, the game elements in Contre Jour are not simply made up of images or sprites—most of the elements in the game are drawn dynamically using just math and physics on an HTML5 canvas. To display all these elements, it uses four or more canvases in tandem—where most websites only use one at a time. Only hardware accelerated browsers like IE10 can stitch these canvases together to create the fast and fluid experience you would expect when playing a game like Contre Jour.
If you are interested in learning more about the work that went into bringing Contre Jour to the web, including our multi-touch gestures, take a look at the behind the scenes video:
Sites like Cut the Rope, Pulse and Atari are part of our continued effort to showcase what is possible on the web today, and Contre Jour showcases what’s possible once IE10 is available to the world on October 26th with the launch of Windows 8.
We had a great time building this game, and encourage you to check it out for yourself. For those who want to experience the game now on the best platform for touch browsing, download the Windows 8 Release Preview which comes with a pre-release version of IE10.
You can play Contre Jour now at www.contrejour.ie.
General Manager Internet Explorer