GOOGLE Doodle has launched a new title – Champion Island Games.
Coinciding with the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the new game is free and accessible to all.
Google Doodle has launched a new game called the Champion’s Island GamesCredit: Google
How to play the Google Doodle?
The Doodle, which is called Doodle Champion Island Games, has seven mini-games created by Japanese animation company Studio 4°C.
Users can take part in the Olympic event-themed 16-bit games and contribute their scores to one of four teams.
Just click on the Doodle featured on the search page to launch the game.
The characters compete in Olympic style challenges in Champion Island GamesCredit: Google
In the games, Lucky the Calico Ninja Cat takes part in events such as table tennis, skateboarding, rugby, artistic swimming, climbing, and marathon running.
Each event has its own “Legendary Champion” to challenge from Japanese history.
There are also side quests that users can undertake on Champion Island.
Studio 4°C said: “First, we identified stories and folktales from all over the country with characters that are highly recognized.”
Players contribute their scores to one of four teams in Champion Island GamesCredit: Google
What is the Google Doodle?
Google publishes fresh Doodles on its search page across the world.
Some target specific areas but Champion Island Games’ reach is worldwide – reflecting the global nature of the Olympics Games.
Each event in Champion Island Games also has its own ‘legendary champion’Credit: Google
And like Champion Island, some Doodles are interactive games that you can play without needing to download anything.
All games are archived and can be played after their time on the homepage has passed.
Doodle games can be accessed by searching for Google Doodle games on a desktop browser resulting in the archive.
From there you can scroll through the list.
Google Doodle refers to the special and temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepage, which is intended to commemorate holidays, events, achievements, and notable historical figures of particular countries.
Since introducing their first Google Doodle in 1998, which commemorated Nevada’s Burning man event, the Doodle “franchise” has expanded to different platforms including Doodle Games.
During lockdown in 2020, many of its original titles were resurrected for fans to enjoy.
It included Coding for Carrot, which involved guiding a rabbit around various puzzle-like level.
In the game, players were encouraged to collect carrots along the way using a drag-and-drop interface to “code” the rabbit’s actions.
The animated game’s creator said: “We connected those folktales and characters with each of the sport events included in the game.
“In the design process, each event champion was selected from those unique stories.
“The team mascots and the characters in the city such as Kappa, Yatagarasu, lion dance, were also chosen as they are very well known across Japan.
“Each character’s design was based on their original story image, but then adapted for the game.”