IE 10 lures users with new browser game

Software giant Microsoft is attempting to arrest the declining number of Internet Explorer users with a new game optimized for the latest version of the Web browser.

Jonathan Wong, Microsoft IE lead for Asia Pacific.

Microsoft partnered with on-line game Contre Jour to allow enthusiasts to play the game using Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) for a fast and seamless gaming experience.

Contre Jour, which means “against daylight” in French, has topped the App Store charts in 2011, making it the most selling iPad paid app in the US.

With the partnership, players of this game will not be limited to Apple products users as Microsoft is bringing Contre Jour online.

“This partnership — similar to our past initiatives with Cut the Rope, Pulse and Atari — is part of our continued effort to showcase the infinite possibilities with the Web today,” said Jonathan Wong, Microsoft Internet Explorer Lead for Asia Pacific.

“With features like multi-touch, Contre Jour showcases the heightened gaming experience once IE10 is available to the world with Windows 8 starting October 26.”

Designed by Ukrainian developer Maksym (Max) Hryniv, Contre Jour’s goal is to carefully guide the one-eyed character named Petit through the game’s 30 levels until he reaches the “blue light” (water) to rescue his love interest, the rose.

In order to do so, the player needs to transform the landscape by swiping, pulling, and tapping the multi-touch screen of the device or gadget being used.

“Contre Jour runs best with the new Windows 8 touch device and IE10. It also works great in IE9 on a Windows 7 PC, or any other modern browser,” said Wong.

He added, however, that although Contre Jour works with a mouse and keyboard, the final 10 levels only work with multi-touch.

Other offerings from Microsoft IE10 include Atari and Pulse.

Atari Arcade is an updated take on eight classic Atari games like Pong, Asteroids, Missile Command, and Centipede. It works best with IE9 on a Windows 7 PC and IE10 on Windows 8 touch device.

On the other hand, Pulse is a site that assembles one’s favorite news sources in one place, and allows sharing stories flawlessly.

Windows 8 with Internet Explorer 10 is scheduled to be available in the market on Oct. 26, 2012.

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