FUTURE-PROOFING A CLASSIC
Today Launchball remains one of the most visited parts of the Science Museum’s website. To guarantee its ongoing success, the Museum asked Preloaded to reimagine it in HTML5, with a mobile-first approach.
Fans will be pleased to know the new version of Launchball has retained the original DNA.
The design, test and iterate loop that became so synonymous with the game is still there. The on-ramp is still delivered through the warm-up level with the core game challenge remaining in three tranches of puzzles of increasing complexity. We’ve also faithfully recreated all the physical science phenomena in the new technology.
The major changes focus on improvements to user experience, simplifying flows and removing server dependencies to future-proof its portability. The biggest of these changes relates to the wildly successful ‘create and share’ functionality which now allows user-designed levels to be shared via a simple link.
Of course, we’ve also added mobile browser support, necessitating changes to the UI to maximise the grid size on mobile devices as well as the inclusion of new interaction patterns for touch devices.
Finally, the game has had a minor art direction revamp which ties all the improvements together whilst retaining the original’s retro aesthetic.