Intel announced today that it has been working with Funcom to enhance the visual effects in its Windows* and Android* versions of LEGO* Minifigures Online, a fun-packed online game. The companies used the unique pixel synchronization capabilities of Intel® Iris™ graphics to enable more realistic smoke, clouds, and shadows. The game can also run in a low power mode extending play time by more than 80% when running on Intel devices. This significant power savings was demonstrated on a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor-based laptop using DirectX* 11. Additional power saving is expected with DirectX* 12.
The LEGO* Minifigures Online game is based on the hugely successful LEGO* Minifigures brand. Millions of bags of Minifigures are sold each year, in fact, there are ten times more Minifigures now than there are people living in the United States.
The first screen shot below illustrates the game's use of Adaptive Volumetric Shadow Maps (AVSM) to render self-shadowing clouds and soft shadows for improved realism. The second image shows the touch user interface available on devices with touch screens.