The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in many ways. With work from home implemented by most companies and schools still shut, more and more people are at home. All this time indoors has resulted in excessive boredom. This made Google come up with the idea of showcasing some of its most popular Google Doodle games from the past to keep its users entertained during the pandemic.
Google Doodles not only highlight historic achievements, events, etc, but also feature a game once in a while. The Google homepage has been featuring some of the most popular games by the company since lockdown.
We’ve compiled a list of the 10 Doodle games featured in Google’s Stay and Play at Home with Popular Past Doodles initiative. Check out these doodle games to kill your boredom!
Google doodle game#1: Cricket
One of the most engaging games is the Cricket Doodle that celebrated the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. The game lets you play cricket as a cricket. The game is relatively easy but requires some degree of focus to not get clean bowled. Caution: This game is highly addictive!
The match is between crickets, who are the batsmen, and snails, who are the bowlers. When the snail throws the ball, you have to tap on the bat button to make the cricket swing his bat. The game ends if you fail to hit the ball, but if it is hit the crickets take runs.
Google doodle game#2: Coding for Carrots
Coding for Carrots is the first feature from the Google Doodle game archives. The game was created in 2017 to celebrate ’50 years of Kids’ Coding and uses Logo. The logo was the first-ever programming language designed for use by children.
The game is a fun brain exercise and the cute visuals will keep kids engaged for a long time. It is based on the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) style of coding.
Game#3: Oskar Fischinger’s Music Game
Not all the games from the Doodle archives were like the standard interactive games we play. For example, one of the featured ‘games’ is a celebration of Oskar Fischinger’s 117th birthday in 2017. Its aim was to create music using multiple visual patterns on the screen that created different sounds.
The Fischinger Doodle allows users to create music tones from four different instruments using their mouse. One can select a few dots on the screen which create fun and quirky tones. You can also send them to your friends or download them on your phone.
Game#4: Clara Rockwell’s Theremin
The theremin, created by and named after Russian inventor Léon Theremin, is an electronic musical instrument that is played without any physical contact.
The gesture-controlled instrument consists of two metal antennas that sense the relative position of the performer’s hands. The thereminist controls the oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude with the other. This lesser-known instrument is said to have inspired the synthesizer later.
The Doodle was originally posted back in 2016 to pay homage to musician Clara Rockmore on her 117th birthday. It starts with a three-lesson tutorial on how to play the melody, followed by an opportunity to make your own music using the entire range. One can have some fun with this game by moving their cursor over the notes. There are also more controls for the instrument’s sounds which can be accessed with the gear button.
Google doodle game#5: Garden Gnome Catapult
The Garden Gnome catapult game originally debuted for Garden Day 2018, a German holiday that celebrates garden gnomes. “Today’s doodle — just in time for Garden Day in Germany — celebrates these tiny statues for their big role in German history”, Google wrote in its blog.
It is a super fun game and quite similar to Angry Birds, but may take a couple of tries to get the hang of. The aim is to fling gnomes across a field, ensuring that the targeted number of flowers is planted in the field. Caution: Very addictive game!
More games like Magic cat academy, PacMan, etc on Page 2