Remember when you were in school and decided to doodle in class while the teacher rambled on about the history of Cambodia? The 15th-century remembers. That’s exactly what bored students did 600 years ago. And honestly these drawings don’t look that much different than todays. Actually, the bird doodles on this page remind me a little of the bird on the back of the U.S. one dollar bill which wasn’t designed until 1957. More of these doodles can be seen here.
To celebrate Google’s 15th birthday, they released a pretty addictive doodle that involves hitting a piñata that’s swinging on a tree. For every piece of candy that falls on the ground, you will get a point and you get ten swings per game. My high score was somewhere around 170 but I heard about others getting into the 180’s. It’s all about timing and you need to start swinging at the piñata before it’s actually back on the screen which makes it challenging to get a high score. Only thing is, doesn’t this seem like something for little kids birthday parties? At 15 I feel like you’ve moved on from the piñata scene. Oh well, still a fun game. Play it here.
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!
I may not be a huge fan of Winsor McCay. Honestly, I haven’t even heard of him before today but Google has changed that with it’s somewhat interactive doodle celebrating his life and his cartoon, Little Nemo. Little Nemo is the main fictional character in a series of weekly comic strips that appeared in the New York Herald and New York American newspapers dating between 1905 and 1914. In the animated Google Doodle, the user controls Nemo through an interactive comic strip as he falls through a hole one night while sleeping before being caught and dragged into a window in a ball by a princess. They then bounce along a platform before falling into a walking bed that takes them through a room beore dumping Nemo where he then falls into water near a staircase. It then looks like Nemo just imagined this little story before it takes you to the Winsor McCay search results page. Sounds cool right?
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Doodle Jump is certainly one of the most entertaining games on iOS devices due to its simple nature and addictive gameplay. The controls in the game are very simple since all you have to do is tilt your iPhone or iPad left and right and aim towards the next platform. Lima Sky, the developer of Doodle Jump, has been over the past months releasing new levels for the game.
Their latest release however is their best. They offer a new ninja level that puts the doodler in a Japanese-esque landscape with a red setting sun sky and in a full ninja outfit. In the background there are mountains and tree fortresses. A new addition to this level are these donuts looking items that you collect and can spend on bonuses such as fire upgrades, head starts and double jumps. I like the idea of collecting items in Doodle Jump and hope that this is a feature that they bring back in the next level released. If you don’t already have it, Doodle Jump is an incredible value at just 99 cents and every iOS device should have it, even if you are just a casual gamer.
Recently we watched the 2012 Olympic games in London from the comfort of our livings room. There were many exciting events going on and tons of medals to be awarded. To celebrate the games, Google created 17 doodles over the days of the Olympics. Of the 17, there were 4 interactive, playable doodles. These doodles included Hurdles, Basketball Slalom Canoe, and Soccer. These games are very simple to play because they usually only require using two or three buttons to control. After a game is finished, the player is given a score, along with a star ranking of one, two or three. I think that Slalom Canoe is my favorite of these Olympic doodle games to play.
In celebration of Moog creator Robert Moog’s 78th birthday today, Google made a playable Moog Synthesizer Doodle. The Moog Synthesizer was one of the first widely used electronic musical instruments that was created in the late 1960’s. The fun thing about the Google Doodle is that it’s playable and visitors are able to try the synthesizer by clicking on the keys, tweaking the sound via the knobs, recording their music and even sharing their creations with friends via the link shortcut button. This is one of the better Doodle’s I’ve seen and it’s up there with the Google playable Pac-man Doodle created a couple of years ago. I hope that Google archives this doodle so that it can still be used once Moog’s 78th birthday is over.