Today, while doing work a co-worker told me to check Google which I did. The second it loaded, I instantly knew that I was about to either view a fun animation or play a fun game. It was a Zamboni game where you control a Zamboni as it cleans up ice that different characters skate on. The characters include children ice skaters, ice hockey players and figure skaters. After you clean up the ice, you continue on to the next level. The levels get progressively more difficult because the play area gets larger and more items are thrown onto the ice that may cause you to slow down like banana peels. There are also helpful items to collect including a gas tank which will fill up your Zamboni with more fuel and a coffee pot that will make you caffeinated and faster. Once your Zamboni runs out of gas, it empties the snow and your game has ended.
One thing I noticed was that I was mistaking ice that I missed cleaning with specs of dirt on my computer monitor. Overall however, this is one of the best Google Doodles I’ve ever seen/played. The graphics and gameplay remind me somewhat of Ice Hockey for the NES. If this game was a 99 cent app for phones and tablets, it would sell very well. Thank you Frank Zamboni for creating the Zamboni and for inspiring Google to make this fun game.
I was able to iframe the game in below. I also discovered that you can use your mouse to control the Zamboni instead of using your keyboard keys. If playing with the keys, just make sure you click on the game before you start playing and it should work. Here is a link to the official game page along with vintage instruction manual. Enjoy!
Growing up I was a big fan of The Addams Family so when I saw todays Google Doodle, I figured I should blog about it. The Doodle was made to celebrate Charles Adams January 7 birthday. Charles Adams was a cartoonist who created the Addams Family characters which led to two TV shows, cartoons, movies and a broadway show. My favorite Addams Family series was the 1964–1966 black comedy live-action sitcom. I was a big fan of that show when they played it on Nick At Night along with The Brady Bunch, Three’s Company and Gilligans Island which are some of my other favorite old shows from the 1960’s/70’s. I was surprised to see that there were only 2 seasons of that series made. It upsets me that these shows are hard to find on TV anymore.
In celebration of Gumby creator Art Clokey’s what would have been the 90th birthday, Google today created a doodle that features Gumby and his pals and enemies. I say enemies because the Blockheads which make up Google’s capital ‘G’ and first ‘o’, are always trying to ruin Gumby’s plans on the TV show. And I say pals because Prickle, Goo an Pokey which make up the second ‘o’, second ‘g’ and ‘e’ respectively are always on Gumby’s side. I used to watch this TV show on Nickelodeon every day after school which is how I know so much about Gumby’s pals and enemies. Well done Google! You should see what Gumby can do today.
To celebrate Les Paul’s Birthday (Lester William Polsfuss June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), Google created an interactive Doodle logo that lets you strum the guitar with your mouse cursor and create your own music. The Doodle was so popular that Google created a standalone website for it. Les Paul was an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which made the sound of rock and roll possible.
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I grew up reading The Richard Scarry books about Busytown. Richard Scarry (June 5, 1919 – April 30, 1994) was a popular American children’s author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of over 100 million units worldwide. Today Google celebrated what would have been Scarry’s 92nd birthday with a Google Doodle celebrating his life an Busytown.
The National Winner of the 2011 Doodle 4 Google contest has been selected and today has their doodle posted on Google’s homepage. The winner is Matteo Lopez, age 7 from San Francisco. The doodle title is “Space Life” and here is Matteo’s description of his doodle:
Is become an astronaut and explore space life. I want to wear a space suit, fly in space, walk on the moon and make friends with aliens in other planets.
He will take home a $15,000 college scholarship and $25,000 technology grant for his school. Congratulations and love the doodle!
Doodle 4 Google is a competition where K-12 students use their artistic talents to redesign Google’s homepage logo for millions to see. That’s right, the winner’s doodle will be featured on the Google.com homepage on May 20, 2011. There are four levels to the competition: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12. The doodle on the right is an example of an entry for the 10-12 grade level. To judge and submit your favorite doodles, go here. Voting ends May 13, 2011 at 11:59:59 P.M.