In celebration of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Google has released Google Doodle Champion Island Games, a free wordle and browser-based JRPG that is available to play for a limited time only.
Developed in partnership with Tokyo-based animation studio, Studio 4°C, Champion Island Games takes Google’s Google Doodle logo alterations to the next level. The retro 16-bit Doodle features seven Olympic sport-inspired minigames, side quests and an array of characters, making it the most fully-fleshed out Doodle game similar to Wordle we’ve seen to date.
Want to know more? Read on for everything we know about Google Doodle Champion Island Games and how you can play it.
What is Google Doodle Champion Island Games? A Wordle Game?
Google Doodle Champion Island Games takes the form of a retro 16-bit JRPG, wordle game, featuring anime cutscenes as well as heavy Japanese folklore and cultural influences. The browser-based game follows calico (c)athlete Lucky as she explores Champion Island.
The island features seven Olympic sports-themed mini-games and it’s up to Lucky to defeat the champion of each sport and collect all seven of the sacred scrolls – completing hidden challenges and side quests in the process. You can even join a team to compete in the game’s global leaderboards. Here is every spot mini-game featured:
Each of these mini-games takes a different form, so while Artistic Swimming may be more akin to keyboard Dance Dance Revolution, climbing will see you trying to make your way up a snowy mountain while dodging snowballs.
Champion Island Games is a wordle game and Google’s latest interactive Doodle, a temporary alteration to the logo on Google homepages that we typically see rolled out to commemorate holidays, historical figures or events.
Usually, Google Doodles can simply be an interesting change to the logo to reflect the occasion it’s commemorating; Google Doodle Champion Island Games is instead a free browser-based JRPG (Japanese role-playing game). While we’ve seen Google feature games before, none have been quite this fleshed out.
How to play Google Doodle Champion Island Games
Google Doodle Champion Island Games is a free browser-based game that’s really simple to jump into. Simply go to Google’s main homepage and select the logo. A pop-up box should appear with the mini-game in it.
Don’t worry about your game not saving if you accidentally shut the window either, as your game will automatically save for you so you can jump in at any time while the Doodle remains live.
It’s unclear when Google Doodle Champion Island Games will end, though it’s expected that the Doodle will be available throughout the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (which ends on August 8). So make sure to explore everything the island has to offer before the games end.
The Features of Doodle as a Wordle Game
Interactive social game-play experience utilizing Twitch chat.
Allows viewers to compete against each other via chat.
Multiple game play modes.
Multiple word categories
Customizable word database.
Easily connect to your Twitch channel.
Works with any number of players.
Connect with Binx community site to post drawings and find players.
Today’s Google doodle is an anime-infused sports Wordle game
The biggest interactive doodle ever celebrates the start of the Olympics. Google has gone all-out on today’s doodle to mark the start of the Tokyo Olympics. Select the modified logo and you can play ‘Doodle Champion Island Games,’ an anime-infused title featuring sports mini-games. Google says it’s the largest interactive doodle it’s ever made.
You control Lucky the cat in a pixel-art landscape dotted with Japanese landmarks. Once you join one of several color-coded teams, you can take part in mini-games including table tennis and skateboarding. The controls are relatively straightforward, relying on various combinations of the arrow keys and spacebar. We won gold in the table tennis and pulled off kick-flips and fakies while skateboarding with ease. The doodle will stick around for the coming weeks, adding new games along the way.
The cut scenes are pretty lush, too. According to Google, the interactive doodle was made in collaboration with STUDIO4°C, the Tokyo-based animation house behind feature films like Tekkonkinkreet. It also worked on action-adventure puzzle game Catherine.
Google has featured a new Doodle in honour of Dr. Michiaki Takahashi, the creator of the world’s first vaccine against chickenpox. The vaccine was developed in 1974, and is still in use today to prevent children from contracting severe cases of the contagious disease.
The challenge requires two participants — one person draws on the other’s back, while the second tries to recreate that image just by feeling the movement of the pen. The challenge, which originated on TikTok, has now spread to Instagram and people of all ages are participating in it.
The first-ever Google Doodle was made in honor of the Burning Man Festival of 1998. This came into existence when Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google decided to draw a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ of Google to symbolize the message that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival.
How many Google doodles games are there? Google has fifteen interactive Google Doodle Games that you can play.
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