What is Google Doodle?
Google has maintained its homepage clean, simple and free of any clutter. Google logo, a text box to enter search terms and two buttons – “Search” and “I am feeling lucky” – has been the only components. It works well too as the user is not deviated from his/her main task – search.
To keep the homepage interesting, Google started modifying the Google logo from 1998 onwards. These images, known popularly as “Google Doodles” have been liked all over the world. So much so that there are annual competitions with cash prizes in some countries.
Interactive Google doodles
The most enjoyable doodles are of course which lets us interact with the logo. So here I have picked out some google doodles which you can play with anytime, anywhere!
This was the first playable Google doodle, released on May 21, 2010. It celebrated the 30th anniversary of the arcade game Pac-Man. It remains the best playable doodle released till date. At least for me!
Clicking the “Insert Coin” button once, the game starts in single player mode. You control the pac-man with the arrow keys. Clicking the “insert Coin” button the second time starts the game in two player mode. The second player can be controlled by W,A,S,D keys. Eat the dots and avoid the ghosts. Apart from slightly changing the appearance of the board, rest of the gameplay remains the same as the original game.
This doodle was released on Feb 08, 2011, celebrating sci-fi writer Jules Verne’s 183rd birthday. You can pull the lever to get a submarine’s view undersea of everything from divers to treasure to sea creatures, including a coral formation in the shape of the logo.
This doodle was released on June 09, 2011, celebrating musician and inventor Les Paul. Just hover the cursor over the doodle to strum the strings just like one of Les Paul’s Gibson guitars.
The doodle also allowed the user to record a 30 second clip, after which a URL is created. You can share this URL with others over the internet.
There are puzzles to solve, robots to destroy, and much more!
Google’s logo changed into a playable synthesizer in honor of Robert Moog‘s 78th birthday, on May 23, 2012. This doodle was synthesized from a number of smaller components to form a unique instrument.
You can use your mouse or computer keyboard to control the mini-synthesizer’s keys and knobs to make nearly limitless sounds. Google has also patched the keyboard into a 4-track tape recorder so you can record, play back and share songs via short links or Google+.
On June 23, in commemoration of Alan Turing‘s 100th birthday, Google’s logo became an interactive Turing Machine. It shows a live action Turing Machine with twelve interactive programming puzzles (hint: go back and play it again after you solve the first six!).
As a part of its effort to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic Games, Google released interactive doodles related to olympic events.
In the Hurdles Google Doodle game you need to both run fast and make it over each hurdle that is put in your way. It’s a tough combination to get right, with each hurdle you run into slowing you down and ensuring you get a poor time. The left and right arrow keys pressed in turn build speed, with the space bar pressed to clear the hurdles.
In the Basketball Google Doodle game you have 24 seconds to score as many basketballs as possible. All you need to do is hold down the space bar to build up power, letting it go to release the ball. It’s a lot harder than it sounds, especially as your standing position moves back after so many balls are played.
In the Slalom Canoe Google Doodle game you need to guide your canoeist down the rapids, making sure he travels between each set of gates. The canoe is controlled by the left and right arrow keys, one for each of the two oars. You need to concentrate on getting into a fluid rhythm and hitting each gate in turn.
In the Soccer Google Doodle game you play the part of the goalkeeper who needs to save as many shots from the striker as possible. The arrow keys move you left and right, and the space bar makes you jump. The more shots you save the more difficult the game becomes… until you have let three goals in and it’s Game Over.
Hope you like playing the google doodles! Do let me know your comments.
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