As the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games begin Tuesday in Japan after a year of delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Google is celebrating the occasion with an interactive Google Doodle.
The Doodle Champion Island Games appear on the Google homepage as a retro-styled computer game icon. It is featured worldwide on the search engine today.
In the Doodle, the well-known blue, red, yellow, and green letters from Google have been replaced with bright orange WordArt-style letters. Sandwiched between the tilted O and the second G, users will see Lucky, the Ninja cat who is the heroine of the interactive game.
Created in partnership with Tokyo animation company Studio 4 Â° C, the Google Doodle introduces users to the fictional Champions Island, a place where the world’s strongest athletes come to compete every four years.
Pressing play on the Doodle allows users to enter the island and join Lucky as she competes in seven different game categories, including table tennis, skateboarding, and archery.
Players can get to know multiple characters from across the island, as well as enjoy Studio 4 Â° C cinematic animations illustrating the challenges that lie ahead.
Inspired by Japanese folklore
The game was inspired by stories from all over Japan and features well-known characters and places from the country’s folklore.
Lucky the Ninja Cat is a prime example, inspired by Japan’s Maneki Neko – or beckoning cat figures.
The object of the game is for the athlete to defeat the sporting champions who have reigned supreme on the island for many years. Oh, and the cat must also collect seven sacred scrolls while she’s at it.
“We’re thrilled to have been able to hint at various stories from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south in the Doodle,” Studio 4 Â° C hosts said in a question-and-answer session with Google.
âIn addition to drawing inspiration from stories known across Japan, we also hoped to convey the country’s rich and diverse natural beauty, including submarines, tropical sandy beaches, forests and snow-capped mountains.â
How to play Google’s Champions Island
Launch Google as usual and you will see the icon on the home screen.
Clicking the play icon on Google Doodle takes users to the world of Champion Island, accompanied by an 8-bit style soundtrack.
The retro game begins with Lucky standing on a bridge over the water with two figures standing in front of her.
“Welcome to Champion Island. Every year, the world’s strongest athletes come together here to compete., “ users are informed.
“Walk forward to the red door and we’ll test your skills. “
Players can use the arrow keys to move forward, backward and move from side to side. Pressing the space bar at the allocated points brings up more instructions, actions or challenges.
Backtracking cancels an action
The first main task for players is to select a team to join. There are four teams, each named after Google’s colors, and players who join the red, green, blue, or yellow teams can contribute to each corresponding real-time world rankings by participating in games.
Players can then explore the island using the arrow keys or tap the compass icon in the upper left corner of the screen to view a map of the area and navigate to different sports. Here’s how to play each category:
Playing against two Tengu – legendary supernatural creatures in Japan – users must move Lucky towards the ball to return a shot across the table.
Use the arrow keys to move to return the ball. For an even more powerful shot, press the space bar.
Players take on Yoichi, a samurai sniper in this floating archery game.
Use the arrow keys to run along the shore towards floating archery boards and shoot an arrow using the space bar. The challenge is timed, so you need to act fast. Hit the auspicious red fans on the water for bonus points.
With skateboarding competing in the recent Olympics for the first time this year, it’s no surprise to see the sport feature on Champion Island.
Players can ride in a skate park and perform tricks for a higher score. Use the keys to move and the space bar to perform tricks such as kicks and nose grabs.
The most prominent tip is the barrel roll, so be sure to include a few before time runs out.
It’s all about the pace in the synchronized swimming challenge. Taking place in an underwater realm, players must hit the corresponding beats to the beat of fast music.
One of the most difficult games, users have to follow the direction arrows on the screen and use the corresponding keys to make the right move. Avoid hitting any keys on the wrong account or Princess Otohime will claim victory.
Speed ââreigns in the climbing challenge as Lucky tries to climb to the top of the mountain untouched by objects thrown at him by Fukuro, a ladle-owl champion in the sport.
Use the space bar to jump and the arrows to move. Light the lanterns as you go to mark a more advanced point of return if you fall from the side of the mountain.
Set on a field surrounded by fire, players must move Lucky and his teammates across the field to try and score a point on the other side. Watch out for oversized opponents and obstacles such as trees and rocks on the field.
Use arrow keys for direction and space bar to pass the ball.
Located on one of Japan’s sandy beaches, Lucky makes tree spirits run over 400 yards of shoreline, with players using the arrow keys to stay on the track and dodge obstacles. Use the space bar to dodge obstacles.
Players can go off the track but sprinting on sand will logically be slower.
The Google Doodle will be live for the duration of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and players can register for additional challenges, see new animations and view the leaderboard.
Update: Aug 24, 2021, 10:06 am