As everyone is in their competitive spirit for the start of the Tokyo Olympics, so is Google. The company is launching their largest-ever Doodle Game with seven mini-games while exploring an exciting world.
This year, a lot of traditional events and gatherings have been cancelled. The risk of acquiring the virus had forced everyone to stay inside their homes and do things virtually or not at all. But after almost two years of COVID-19 pandemic, people are excited for the Olympics. However, it seems like the Olympics is not how we picture it to be as the venue can take 70,000 people. But according to CNN, only 950 VIPs will attend. Still, it is an improvement to the whole pandemic situation.
Google’s “Champion Island”
Google Doodles are a trademark feature of Google as they modify the Google Logo in the Search to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous people. It is a fun and creative way that surprises users while recognizing something special about the day. Aside from all these, the company every now and then includes a doodle game or an interactive doodle.
And just in time for the Olympics, Google launches its mini-Olympics Doodle Game called “Champion Island”. This is the biggest ever as you get to compete for one of four teams playing seven different mini-games.
According to 9to5Google, the tech giant partnered with Tokyo-based animation studio, STUDIO 4°C in creating this game. As you play, you get to take the role of Lucky the Ninja Cat exploring Champion Island. First, you select which team you will be joining from Red, Blue, Yellow, or Green (representing the 4 colors of the Google logo). From here, you get to start your exploration.
Inspiration Behind The Game
The whole Doodle Game includes competitions with its own minigame. Additionally, competitions for sports just like the Olympics are included. Such as table tennis, skateboarding, rugby, artistic swimming, climbing, and marathon running. You can also find secret quests as you explore Champion Island.
In each minigame, you get to face off against the sport’s champions and these champions are based on a relevant character or creature from Japanese history and folklore. As indicated in Google Doodle blog page, creators shared a little story of how they were able to come up with each of the characters.
First, we identified stories and folktales from all over the country with characters that are highly recognized. Next, we connected those folktales and characters with each of the sport events included in the game. In the design process, each event champion was selected from those unique stories. The team mascots and the characters in the city such as Kappa, Yatagarasu, lion dance, were also chosen as they are very well known across Japan. Each character’s design was based on their original story image, but then adapted for the game.STUDIO4°C
How To Play?
Just in time for the start of the Tokyo Olympics, the game can be accessed through the Google homepage this Friday. Or you can also play Champion Island directly on the Google Doodle blog page. Lastly, in case you want to play it over and over again even after the Olympics season, you can still do so through the blog page.