Google’s enthusiasm of making some really awesome and interactive doodles for Olympics 2012 is met by my enthusiasm for writing about them. Each day, I’ll feature a Google Doodle here that was made to celebrate the Olympics 2012. It’ll also serve as a nice archive of Google Doodles done for the Olympics 2012. FYI: The Google Doodles are from latest to the oldest.
Google’s feeling the Olympics 2012 rush. In their sporting zest, the internet giant has created illustrated and interactive Google Doodles that look great, challenge our gaming spirit and distract us from our jobs. People made high scores and uploaded the spoils of war on their Facebook profiles as a show of their mettle. This sudden surge in excitement began when Google introduced its first interactive doodle: the Hurdles. If these Facebook uploads are a benchmark, then we can surely say that the interactive Google Doodles are a hit.
I’ve compiled a list of all the Google Doodle interactive games made for the Olympics 2012 along with the links to the games so if you miss out on one, you can go play it:
Google Doodle for Football for Olympics 2012 (10th Aug.)
Football (I will not call it Soccer) is a popular sport but in the Olympics, I feel it gets overshadowed by other events. Google made a doodle on the sport where a player was the bald goal keeper and he had to save the oncoming shots from a burly striker. The goal keeper can be controlled in the Google Doodle using the left and right keys on the keyboard (this worked for grounded shots); shots that were above the head were deflected using the space bar. If the striker is able to shoot thrice successfully, then the game would be lost. The interactive game’s score was depended on the number of shots deflected by the goal keeper. The link for the doodle: Google Doodle Football.
Google Doodle for Slalom Canoeing for Olympics 2012 (9th Aug.)
The not-so-popular sport of Slalom Canoeing got a shot in the arm when Google decided to make an interactive game on it. The objective is to get your player to the finishing line using the arrow keys. The tricky bit is that you have to tap the left and right keys to generate the momentum. The up and down keys are used to steer the canoe in the right direction and through the hanging gates on the flowing rivers. Like all other Google Doodles for the Olympics 2012, a score is give to the player along with his medals tally. The link for the doodle: Google Doodle Slalom Canoeing.
Google Doodle for Basketball for Olympics 2012 (8th Aug.)
The fun game of Basketball was transformed into an interactive game where a female player dunked Basketballs while a counter kept time. The game play was simple: pressing the space bar or clicking the mouse would shoot the ball in the basket. This game was a little more animated than the previous interactive game as the female player’s frustration was depicted with squiggly lines on her head. This Google Doodle interactive game was a time based challenge; the final score and medals we given once the game was done. The link for the doodle: Google Doodle Basketball.
Google Doodle for Hurdles for Olympics 2012 (7th Aug.)
This was the one that started it all. The first of the Google Doodle interactive games to celebrate the Olympics 2012 was the one for Hurdles. A sprinter, with arms weirdly flailing to the sides, ran across the track and jumped over hurdles. The player needed to tap the left and right keys to initiate and sustain the athlete’s run. Oodles of fun were provided by this very first Google Doodle interactive game done for the Olympics 2012. The final score was presented to the player along with the medals he won. The link for the doodle: Google Doodle Hurdles.