Google launches its largest ever interactive Doodle experience to celebrate the Tokyo Olympics

The delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics will begin tomorrow and Google is celebrating the occasion with its largest ever interactive Doodle.

It is time to play. (Photo: Google)

Named Doodle Champion Island Games, it pays homage to classic “16-bit” Japanese role-playing video games like Zelda. It also draws on massive references to Japanese folklore and art styles. And we got to try it first before it goes live in two hours’ time.

You play as Lucky the Cat in this island of games. (Photo: Google)

You play as Lucky, a cute Calico cat character, who has been “plunged” into an island to compete in 7 sports mini games, such as archery, skateboarding, table tennis and rugby.

The rugby mini game in Doodle Champion Island Games. (Video: Google)

You join a team – either red, green, yellow or blue – and compete against the reigning champion of each sport.

The opponent characters you will be facing are based on actual Japanese folklore characters. For example, in archery, you will be up against Yoichi, a 12th-century samurai famed for his archery skills.

Once you beat an opponent, you get to watch some beautiful animated cutscenes created by world-renowned Japanese animation studio, STUDIO 4°C. This is great incentive for you to win!

A scene from an animated cutscene after you win a game. (Photo: Google)

In addition, the entire map is explorable with characters whom you can talk to for optional side quests. For instance, a character might want you to help collect arrows, or ask you to find a missing teammate.

You can explore the island to find hidden gems. (Photo: Google)

In other words, it is a whole lot of fun to play as well as getting in the Olympic sporting spirit. The Doodle Champion Island Games will be playable from tomorrow (at the stroke of midnight) till 5 Sep.

Trevor Tan

Started out with dreams to become a street photographer, Trevor Tan somehow became a tech journalist with over 16 years of consumer tech experience. Maybe he plays too much video games and buys too many new gadgets.
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