Verne: The Himalayas
If you’re geographically inclined or just curious about what is practically our world’s roof, Verne: The Himalayas might be worth a try.
By involving a character and giving him things to do within this Maps-based application, the idea here is to give kids a different way to experience the world virtually and use maps.
The app introduces the character Verne, who is a friendly, 500-foot Yeti kids can use to move around the map scenes. The Yeti can do things like climb up to the top of Mt. Everest, go skating on icy lakes, chase yaks, ride a jetpack, play Himalayan instruments, and more.
You are in full control of Verne: once you enter the mountain range, you are given a map, and you are guided throughout your expedition with detailed instructions and information. The fun part is you don’t just hike up various trails. You fly across the snow-covered winter wonderland, slide down steep hills, and hang-glide from one peak to another.
From the Developer
Verne: The Himalayas is a new app that invites you to explore Google Maps’ 3D imagery of the Himalayas alongside a 500 foot Yeti named Verne. As Verne, you can run up Mt. Everest in seconds, skate across icy lakes, chase yaks, discover bits of information, ride a jetpack, play Himalayan instruments, and more.