Today’s Google Doodle is a Doodle Champion Island Games, a fully functional game that combines Japanese culture, JRPG looks, and sports to celebrate this year’s Olympics.
Accessible via the google homepage, the new interactive doodle lets players take control of Lucky the Ninja Cat while exploring a series of stylish sports mini-games. Google says it’s the “biggest interactive #GoogleDoodle ever.” The doodle opens with beautiful cinematic animations from Japanese company Studio 4 ° C and takes place on the fictional island of Champion with a Japanese theme.
On Champion Island, seven different furry champions try to test your skills in various sports: table tennis, skateboarding, archery, rugby, swimming, rock climbing and marathon. Each mini-game comes with a set of simple rules that can be learned quickly. Upon arrival at Champion Island, players leave their sailboat and are invited to choose between four different teams – Red, Yellow, Blue and Green.
Welcome to Doodle Champion Island games!
In this interactive #GoogleDoodle, join calico athlete (c) Lucky as she explores a 🌎 filled with sports, legendary opponents, and daring side quests.
– Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) July 23, 2021
Although this is a doodle-based game, your choice as a team does carry some weight. Each team is linked to a world leaderboard that updates in real time as you strive for victory. The four teams are each represented by animals: Ushi (a cow), Karasu (a crow), Inari (a fox) and Kappa (a turtle). Choosing your team can be a tricky decision, especially since it will make other animals playfully avoid you.
To access the various mini-games, players control Lucky on the keyboard. Each mini-game is positioned around the island and is easily accessible by following marked paths from its center. Players may also find it helpful to know that exiting the doodle does not reset your progress. Along with each of the mini-games, players can explore a range of buildings and talk to various NPC characters on their travels. While cruising through Champions Island, the themed music composed by Qumu keeps the tone fun, light and playful.
I was lucky enough to be invited to do the soundtrack for “Doodle Champion Island Games”! ^^
Hope you like it; D#GoogleDoodle
– Qumu (@qumumusic) July 23, 2021
It’s far from the first game introduced in a Google Doodle – look back at how Google relaunched a range of its most beloved doodles, including Pac-Man in honor of the company’s 19th anniversary.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN.