Microsoft Brings Contre Jour to the Web
Article by George Norman
On 10 Oct 2012
Microsoft, in its stride to promote Internet Explorer 10’s HTML5 and Windows 8’s touch capabilities, brought the highly entertaining Contre Jour game to the web.


If you have an iOS-powered device, then chances are that you are familiar with the highly praised Contre Jour game that, among many other accolades, won the 2011 iPad Game of the Year award. If you are not familiar with the game, here’s the lowdown.

The location: a hauntingly beautiful and mysterious world that’s shaped by the interplay of light and darkness.
The goal: to guide a mysterious creature to a target point.
The gameplay: you have to morph the landscape and you must pull, swipe and tap gadgets and thus guide the mysterious creature through the various challenging levels the game presents. While you use your cunning and dexterity to solve the clever puzzles, a David Ari Leon-composed soundtrack plays in the background.

The news is that Microsoft, with the aim of promoting Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) and Windows 8, brought the aforementioned Contre Jour game to the web. Go to and you will be able to play the game in your browser. Ryan Gavin, General Manager on the Internet Explorer team, says that playing the game in IE10 on a Windows 8-powered machine is “simply stunning” and the game runs “as fast and as fluid as many native apps”. It is such an enjoyable gaming experience that you will forget you’re in a browser, playing an online game, says Ryan Gavin.

Contre Jour creator Maksym (Max) Hryniv, also had words of praise to say about Microsoft binging the game to the web:
“I didn’t think it was possible to bring all the intricacies of my game to the web. 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!”

Speaking about levels, the iOS version of the game has 100 unique levels to offer. The version that Microsoft brought to the web, has only 30 levels to offer (including 10 meant for modern browsers that provide support for multi-touch).

IE10 and Windows 8 will be released later this month. Until then you can play Contre Jour in any browser that supports HTML5, like the recently released Firefox 16 for example.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, IE10, Contre Jour, game, app, Apple, iOS, App Store, HTML5, Mozilla, Firefox
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