Most Google Doodles revolve around art that transforms the search engine’s iconic logo to celebrate anniversaries and special events, or to raise awareness of current issues, like the recent ones highlighted on Route 66 and Thanksgiving Day. to the teachers. But a few times a year, the Google Doodle team goes one step further and creates some high-quality games that take doodle to another level.
Typically, these games are meant to last between 2 and 20 minutes, although some even last an hour or more. (One or two may even have you refusing to give up until you successfully beat them…) In no particular order, here are some of the best Google Doodle games you can still play.
Pac-Man is a timeless classic, so it makes sense to start our list with this world-famous arcade game from the 1980s. On May 21, 2010, Google released this fun Doodle to celebrate Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary. . Get nostalgic by chewing on some dots, assorted fruit, and maybe even a ghost or two.
The objective of the game is to clear the stage of all the points avoiding the ghosts. If a ghost touches you, it’s game over. You can control Pac-Man with the arrow keys on your keyboard. If you have a friend who wants to play with you, click “Insert Coin” twice and Ms. Pac-Man will appear. Ms. Pac-Man is controlled with the keys A, S, D and W.
The Baseball Google Doodle launched on July 4, 2019, and what better way to celebrate Independence Day than by playing some good old-fashioned baseball. To make things even more American, you play as various foods you might find at a baseball game, like hotdogs or nachos and cheese, while the opposing team is peanuts.
When you start the game, a random food is brought to the plate. Press the space bar to swing your bat as the pitcher throws the ball. The speed and style of the throw will vary as you get more points. The game ends when you strike out. See how many points you can score!
Continuing the sports theme, basketball allows you to shoot hoops in this game to pass the time for a single player. This was actually part of a four-day Google Doodle race, where you could also test your skills in soccer, canoe slalom, and soccer. According to Google Doodle lead Ryan Germick, these four games were played over a billion times in the span of four days.
The game mechanics are simple: just hold down the space bar to increase force and then release it to shoot. If you build up too much force (or not enough), you will fail. See how many balls you can score in 30 seconds!
Coding for carrots
To celebrate 50 years of Kids Coding, the Google Doodle team released Coding for Carrots. This simple drag and drop game for kids introduces the concept of coding by using building blocks to send the rabbit in the right direction to collect carrots.
Each block has an arrow pointing in a specific direction. To complete each level, players must add the correct sequence of blocks to direct the rabbit across the platform, collecting all the carrots the level offers. The higher the level, the more difficult the sequence becomes.
Made up of six colors, six sides, and 54 squares, the Rubik’s Cube has been around since 1974. In 2014, Google launched the Rubik’s Cube Doodle to celebrate 40 years of frustrating people around the world.
The object of this game is to make each side of the Rubik’s Cube the same color by turning and turning the blocks. To play the Google Doodle version, click and drag your cursor to spin the blocks or rotate the Rubik’s cube. Good luck!
The Pony Express was a mail delivery service in the 19th century. The first successful installment was on April 14, 1860. As a nod to that history, Pony Express, the team at Google Doodle, created an excellent Pony Express game where you collect mail on horseback, dodging obstacles all the while.
To play, users must use the up and down arrow keys to move the rider up and down, respectively. Collect as much mail as possible while avoiding cacti, fences, rocks, holes, and many other obstacles. There are three levels in total. Try to collect all the mail in each level!
Sonic-like Pangolin Game
Pangolins are the most trafficked animals in the world and are facing extinction thanks to poachers who hunt them for meat, medicine and fashion. To raise awareness of this issue, Google made a love-based Doodle on Valentine’s Day in 2017 in honor of the endangered pangolin.
The pangolin Google Doodle is a side scroller similar to Sonic. Move the pangolin with the left and right arrow keys and make it jump with the space bar. Collect all the elements you can and reach the goal before the time runs out.
Meow-loween is a spooky Google Doodle that was created to celebrate Halloween in 2016. In Meow-loween, the player controls a cat named Momo who must save the Magic School from the onslaught of ghosts.
In this game, each ghost has a symbol that appears above their heads. To send the ghost back to the realm of the unknown, the player must click and drag the mouse across the screen to draw the symbol. Be quick, because the more you play, the more ghosts will appear!
Doodle Champion Island Games
Doodle Champion Island Games is one of the longest Google Doodle games to date, taking around two hours to complete. This one was originally scheduled to be released during the 2020 Olympics, but with the pandemic delaying the event for another year, the Google Doodle team had more time to work on it, bringing even more fun to the table than ever before. originally planned.
To play, move your character around the world map and tackle each challenge that awaits you. The controls are different for each game, so make sure you read the instructions carefully. Compete in all the competitions and see if you can get to the top of the leaderboard.
The garden gnomes
Ever felt the need to launch garden gnomes several meters across a garden using a catapult? Now is your chance! To give a bit of background on the history of garden gnomes, including where they came from and how they are made, Google Doodle brings you The Garden Gnomes.
The objective of the game is to launch the gnomes from your catapult as far as you can through the garden. The more you throw them, the more flowers they plant. To play, press space to ready the catapult, then press space again to release the gnome. The better the timing of the release, the farther you will launch the gnome.
Loteria, often known as Mexican bingo, is a traditional Mexican card game. The announcer shows a card and you must quickly see if you have a match with yours. Unlike bingo, the pattern you make on your card changes each game. This is also the second Google Doodle to allow multiple players to join!
To play, listen to the announcer say the card, look at it, and then check your card to see if you have a match. If it does, quickly drag and drop a bean onto the card. If you don’t, just wait until the announcer shows the next card. Match the required pattern to win to complete the game. This is a game of chance, so good luck!
We’ve all made the mistake of stuffing a whole hot pepper into our mouths. Filled with instant regret, we try to remedy the burning sensation as quickly as possible. Thanks to Wilbur Scoville, we know that running to the fridge and grabbing a pitcher of milk is the perfect pain relief solution. Also thanks to Scoville, we know how to measure the level of spiciness that each pepper emits. In honor of Scoville’s 151st birthday, Scoville Doodle gives you the chance to show that hot pepper who’s boss with a scoop of ice cream.
At the bottom of the battlefield, you will see a bar with a circle moving quickly back and forth. To hit the bell pepper with an ice cream scoop, try to stop the circle as close to the center of the stick as possible. You can stop the circle by clicking the mouse. The further you go, the hotter the peppers will get. See if you can defeat them all!
This Doodle pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of the humble crossword puzzle and its inventor, Arthur Wynn. Google’s digital version works just like its paper counterpart: you fill in the answers, delete them, and re-enter them as you slowly piece together the correct answers.
Here there are no tracks or easy exits; if you need to ask for help, open a separate tab and use the google search engine to ask for help. (Also known as “what exactly to fill in.”) If it’s been a while since you last did a crossword puzzle, this tip may make your life easier: Not all answers are one word.
Created in honor of swing dancing and the Savoy Ballroom, the legendary dance venue in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, this Google Doodle puts your rhythm game skills to the test. You don’t have to be fleet of foot or dress in your best old fashioned attire; instead, you’ll be sitting at home and playing your keyboard for this one.
The challenges start off simple enough when you match keystrokes to on-screen prompts, powered by music from artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. But as the tempo increases with each level, so does the difficulty. If you’re naturally right-handed, try out the two-player solo mode to make the game that much spicier.
This article was originally published on May 3, 2022. It was updated in August 2022 with additional games.