Google Doodles are personalized versions of the searcher's logo to commemorate dates such as holidays, birthdays, and the lives of artists, scientists, and pioneers in many areas. Some of them are interactive experiences or games that may be a good option to pass the time. There are classics like Pac-Man and Magic Cube, and even games developed by Google itself.
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Other Doodles simulate musical instruments or are experiments done with artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Although limited in time to Google's homepage, all Doodles are still available in a collection little known to users. Check out ten of the best celebratory games ever created by the company to distract you online.
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Doodle celebrated birthday of classic Pac-Man game Photo: Playback / Google
On Pac-Man (or Come-Come, Brazil) 30th birthday in 2010, Google placed on its home page a reproduction of the classic game in the format of the searcher's logo (https://www.google.com/ doodles / 30th-anniversary-of-pac-man). With the right graphics, sounds and logic, the user can immerse himself in nostalgia and enjoy the game of the 1980s. To play, simply click Insert Coin and use the arrow keys to control the character. Clicking the button once more gives even to add Mrs. Pac-Man and play in pairs. In this case, the second player uses the WASD keys.
Game uses artificial intelligence to discover "shadows" of lunar cycle animals made by user Photo: Reproduction / Google
Shadow theater is a very ancient Chinese and other Asian tradition that combines legends, art, music, imagination and skill. To celebrate the last Lunar New Year, which took place on February 5th, Google has released a game based on artificial intelligence (https://shadowart.withgoogle.com/?lang=en-us). In it, the player has to stand in front of the camera of the computer or mobile phone and form with his hands, one by one, the twelve animals of the lunar cycle, also known as the Chinese horscope signs. It's only 20 seconds for each until the software recognizes the shadow format.
Doodle celebrates Hip Hop Photo: Reproduction / Google
In 2017, Google celebrated the 44th anniversary of hip hop, an American rhythm that was born in the New York suburban and won the world, associated with a series of cultural manifestations. In the Commemorative Doodle, which includes the custom graffiti company logo, the user can attack from DJ (https://www.google.com/doodles/44th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-hip-hop). You can mix legendary music using two pick-ups and a mixer and still have your experience narrated by the hip hop icon Fab 5 Freddy. The challenge has ten levels and consists in setting the commands to play the breaks.
4. Program for children
Doodle raises importance of children's programming Photo: Playback / Google
In honor of 50 years of child-oriented programming languages, an interactive Doodle has been released (https://www.google.com/doodles/celebrating-50-years-of-kids-coding). The game shows some basic concepts of logic used to playfully teach what lies behind the codes that give life to the digital world. The idea is to move a rabbit and eat carrots using a sequence of commands, which appear at the bottom. Adults unfamiliar with programming will probably also have fun and learn.
Doodle of October 31, 2018 had Halloween themed game Photo: Reproduction / Google
On Halloween 2018, the searcher introduced a new feature: the first Doodle with a multiplayer game. Players from around the world can join in to participate in the Great Ghoul Duel, a ghost duel (https://www.google.com/doodles/halloween-2018). Two opposing teams of four are formed and must compete in collecting wandering spirits. The group that manages to drive the largest number of base rounds within the estimated time wins. Matches can be played with random people or friends from an invite link.
Invention of Rubik's Cube the Magic Cube, Google Doodle Theme Photo: Reproduction / Google
The magic cube is a global phenomenon, present in the games of children around the world and also in fierce championships with people able to solve the cube in seconds. It was created in 1974 by the inventor and professor of Hungarian architecture Erno Rubik. In honor of the toy's 40th birthday, Google has made a virtual version available. The user can play using the mouse and keyboard shortcuts (https://www.google.com/logos/2014/rubiks/iframe/index.html).
Doodle honors film special effects pioneer George Mlis with VR experience Photo: Reproduction / Google
To celebrate French director George Mlis, who revolutionized cinema, one more innovation: the first interactive virtual reality doodle was created (https://www.google.com/doodles/celebrating-georges-melies). In the early days of the seventh art, the artist pioneered a variety of filmmaking techniques and narrative methods, particularly the use of special effects and the production of science fiction films.
Mlis acted between 1888 and 1923, long before computer effects. In Doodle, a 360 animation highlights some of the tricks and illusions it introduces to transport the viewer into the story. You can have the VR experience using your smartphone next to a Cardboard or Daydream glasses, or even just watch and move the video around your computer.
Doodles Celebrate 2012 Olympics Photo: Playback / Google
During the 2012 Olympics, Google displayed on its home page several games related to sports in the competition, such as canoe, soccer and obstacle course. One of the most popular was basketball, a simple and addictive game (https://www.google.com/doodles/basketball-2012). The player must hit the basket with as many balls as possible within 24 seconds using the spacebar. The longer the key is held, the greater the throwing power.
Google made Doodle in honor of Doctor Who's 50th birthday Photo: Reproduction / Google
On Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, the only internationally successful British TV series, a Doodle with a commemorative game was released (https://www.google.com/doodles/doctor-whos-50th-anniversary). The program tells the adventures of the Doctor, a time lord traveling in time and space, and his companions. He is an alien and has the ability to regenerate into a new body when he is about to die, so by the time 2013 he already had 11 incarnations. In the game, the user chooses as character one of the Doctors and must retrieve the letters that form the word Google, because they were stolen by the Daleks, one of the classic villains of the series.
Doodle honoring guitar created by Les Paul Photo: Reproduo / Google
Born in 1915, musician and inventor Les Paul was a key name in the history of electric guitar and music as a whole. He developed a version of the instrument that made rocknroll sound possible and was also responsible for recording techniques such as echo delay, overdubbing and multitracking. When Les Paul turned 96 in 2011, Google turned his logo into guitar strings inspired by the artist's work. The user can tap by hovering or using the keyboard and even record a 30-second composition.
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