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12 Best Google Doodle Games To Kill Time

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Last Updated on June 20, 2021

What Are Google Doodle Games?

A Google Doodle is a unique, temporary alteration to the logo on Google’s homepage that’s usually intended to pay tribute to a special person, holiday, or event.

But Google Doodles don’t just commemorate special people and events. They’re also fine works of art designed to be visually appealing.

Plus, Google Doodles have inspired numerous video games over the years. In this post, we take a look at the 12 best Google Doodle games ever created.

1. Fischinger

Created In: 2017

Commemorating: The 117th birthday of filmmaker and visual artist Oskar Fischinger

Objective: To compose music

How to Play:

i. Paste the link https://www.google.com/doodles on a new tab
ii. Enter and run a search for ‘Fischinger’ on the search bar located on the top right corner
iii. Once you’ve opened the game, navigate to the top snippet and select the ‘Play’ option
iv. Begin the game by entering a new page
At this point, you’ll be welcomed by a popular quote by Oskar Fischinger saying “Music is not limited to the world of sound. There exists a music of the visual world.”
v. Tap anywhere on the game’s display to begin composing your own visual music
You can take advantage of the game’s settings to modify your music, share the music, or even learn more about Oskar Fischinger. There’s also the option of clearing the existing composition if you wish to create a new one.

2. Hip Hop

Created In: 2017

Commemorating: The 44th birthday of hip hop

Objective: To compose hip hop music

How to Play:

i. Paste the link https://www.google.com/doodles on a new tab
ii. Enter and run a search for ‘Hip Hop’ on the search bar located on the top right corner
iii. After opening the game, select the ‘Play’ option located in the Hip Hop game snippet underneath the featured snippets
iv. You’ll be redirected to the Hip Hop game display, where you can get started by tapping on the big ‘Play’ button
At this point, you’ll be treated to a short introduction to Hip Hop by hip hop artist Fab 5 Freddy
v. You can proceed to play the game by dragging the Crossfader to the right and then to the left.
You can also use the scrollbar to navigate through the record crate. All you have to do is tap the crate option located in the bottom right corner. Once you’re all in the game, take advantage of the available toolbox to mix music, share the results, or learn more about Hip Hop.

3. Garden Gnomes

Created In: 2018

Commemorating: Gnomes; the mythical statues that originated in the 13th century in Germany, which were believed to protect gardens and bring them good luck

Objective: To catapult a variety of gnomes from a trebuchet as far as possible into the garden, planting flowers as you go

How to Play:

i. Paste the link https://www.google.com/doodles on a new tab
ii. Enter and run a search for ‘Garden Gnomes’ on the search bar located on the top right corner
iii. Click on the game to select it
iv. Scroll down and read a brief intro to Gnomes
v. Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap on the big red button to begin playing the game

4. Pac-Man

Created In: 2010

Commemorating: The 30th anniversary of Pac-Man

Objective: To eat all the dots without getting caught by the ghosts

How to Play:

i. Paste the link https://www.google.com/doodles on a new tab
ii. Enter and run a search for ‘Pac-Man’ on the search bar located on the top right corner
iii. Click on the game to select it
iv. Scroll down and read a brief intro to the classic game of Pac-Man
v. Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap on the game’s icon to begin playing

NB: The Pac-Man is represented by a yellow circle. You can control it by moving the circle to the right, left, up, or down.

5. Crossword Puzzle

Created In: 2013

Commemorating: The 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle

Objective: To fill in the crossword puzzle

How to Play:

i. Paste the link https://www.google.com/doodles on a new tab
ii. Enter and run a search for ‘Crossword Puzzle’ on the search bar located on the top right corner
iii. Scroll down and click on the link with the anchor text ‘See the interactive version here!’, which appears right before the brief to the game.
iv. You’ll be redirected to a new page, where you can start filling in the crossword puzzle.

6. The Pony Express

Created In: 2015

Commemorating: The 155th anniversary of the Pony Express, which is a mail carrier system on horseback that was officially founded on April 3, 1860

Objective: To gather as many letters as possible while avoiding obstacles along the way, including cacti, rocks, and fences

How to Play:

i. Paste the link https://www.google.com/doodles on a new tab
ii. Enter and run a search for ‘The Pony Express’ on the search bar located on the top right corner
iii. Click on the game to select it
iv. You can scroll down to read more about this Google Doodle game and the general history of The Pony Express, or begin playing the game immediately

7. Quick, Draw!

Created In: 2016

Commemorating: No particular person or event

Objective: To draw a picture or idea in under 20 seconds, with a view to helping the game’s artificial intelligence (AI) guess what your drawing represents within the 20-second time frame

How to Play:

i. Paste the link https://quickdraw.withgoogle.com/# on a new tab
ii. Click on a link with the anchor text ‘Let’s Draw!’
iii. Google’s AI will give you what to draw in under 20 seconds
iv. Click ‘Got it!’ to start drawing

8. Soccer

Created In: 2012

Commemorating: The game of soccer

Objective: You play as a goalkeeper, where you have to move as fast as possible to clear all the soccer balls from your goal

How to Play:

i. Paste the link https://www.google.com/doodles on a new tab
ii. Enter and run a search for ‘Soccer’ on the search bar located on the top right corner
iii. Click on the game to select it
iv. Tap on the game’s ‘Play’ icon to begin playing

NB: This Google Doodle game is different from a near-similar one released the same year, titled ‘Opening Ceremony 2012.’

9. Coding for Carrots

Created In: 2017

Commemorating: 50 years of Kids Coding

Objective: To get all the carrots for the bunny by creating a series of commands

How to Play:

i. Paste the link https://www.google.com/doodles on a new tab
ii. Enter and run a search for ‘Coding for Carrots’ on the search bar located on the top right corner
iii. Click on the game to select it
iv. You can start playing the game immediately by clicking on the ‘Play’ icon or scroll down to read more about the history of kids’ coding.

10. Loteria

Created In: 2019

Commemorating: Lotería!, the traditional Mexican card game

Objective: To mark your spot on a board or table using a token, before all the other players can

How to Play:

i. Paste the link https://www.google.com/doodles on a new tab
ii. Enter and run a search for ‘Loteria’ on the search bar located on the top right corner
iii. Click on the game to select it
iv. You can start playing the game immediately by clicking on the ‘Play’ icon or scroll down to read more about the history of Lotería.

11. Slalom Canoe

Created In: 2012

Commemorating: Canoe slalom, the competitive sport that involves navigating a decked kayak or canoe through a course of gates on a river

Objective: To navigate down a river on a canoe, avoiding a series of obstacles

How to Play:

i. Paste the link https://www.google.com/doodles on a new tab
ii. Enter and run a search for ‘Slalom Canoe’ on the search bar located on the top right corner
iii. Click on the game to select it
iv. Start playing immediately

NB: This Google Doodle game works better on a computer than a smartphone browser.

12. Scoville

Created In: 2016

Commemorating: The 151st birthday of pharmacist and researcher Wilbur Scoville

Objective: To throw ice cream balls on anthropomorphic chilies with a view to freezing them

How to Play:

i. Paste the link https://www.google.com/doodles on a new tab
ii. Enter and run a search for ‘Scoville’ on the search bar located on the top right corner
iii. Click on the game to select it
iv. Scroll down and read a brief intro to the game and a brief history of Wilbur Scoville
v. Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap on the game’s ‘Play’ icon to begin playing

Conclusion

There are hundreds of Google Doodle games designed to help you unwind as you also learn a thing or two about the person or event being commemorated. The above collection includes Google Doodle games that are not only fun to play but also interactive and beginner-friendly.

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