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README.md

TOPHEMAN PLAYGROUND V2

Intro

Try it at : https://topheman-playground.herokuapp.com (heroku instance).

Presentation : http://slid.es/topheman/topheman-playground

Once you snapped the QR-code with your phone, take control of the bouncing ball on your desktop screen, like a Wiimote, tilting your phone as you would do on a labyrinth game.

  • Connect with multiple mobile devices
  • Watch from multiple desktop/laptop screens

You can even use the devicemotion emulator to control the ball from your desktop.

Not a game, more of an experiment that could lead to a game …

Thanks to remote-tilt for the emulator.

Topheman Playground

Install

  • npm install
  • node app.js 192.168.1.2:3000 (192.168.1.2:3000 being the public IP:PORT of your node server - port by default at 3000 - this is used to create the QR-Code)

OK for node v4 & v5

Next

I coded the v1 about a year ago, and now I decided to refactor it so that it could be a sort of a boilerplate for some other games.

Take it, make your own games and tell me about it !

Notes

On their first version, heroku didn't provide WebSockets support, so socket.io fallbacked to xhr-polling. That's now fixed.

When you'll browse the code, you'll see that there is a connection/disconnetion routine on the sockets which makes sure to disconnect any mobile client which has more than one socket opened (to prevent multiple dead balls). This was a tricky part, playing with the express session and the socket.io handshake :-) …