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02/07/2013 01:54 pm ET

'Find Your Way To Oz': A Lush, Detailed Chrome Experiment Promoting The Upcoming 'Oz' Movie

Anyone who's been looking forward to Disney's "The Wizard of Oz" prequel, "Oz the Great and Powerful," now has a new way to kill time until the movie is released on March 8: play with the Google Chrome Experiment "Find Your Way To Oz," designed to promote the upcoming movie.

This isn't Google's first Chrome Experiment -- in September 2012, Google and Cirque du Soleil collaborated on "Movi. Kanti. Revo," to promote the well-known circus. But as Nathan Oliverez-Giles from Wired points out, none of Google's past Chrome Experiments "have been so gorgeously detailed."

Like "Movi.Kanti.Revo," the concept is deceptively simple. When users go to the "Find Your Way To Oz" URL, their browser is transformed into a lushly-designed setting -- in this case an early 20th-century circus that they can explore at will. Users navigate via mouse or keyboard arrows, interacting with clickable elements of the scene, such as transforming posters, tornado-swept balloons and a mysterious moving picture gallery. Eerily, the circus contains no people, but that doesn't mean it doesn't feel alive.

If you're an Internet user without Chrome (or, alternately, a Chrome user who wants to see some screenshots before committing), take a look at our gallery below from "Find Your Way To Oz." Then download Chrome and try out the experiment.

Find Your Way To Oz

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