Google launched an interactive series of Doodle games to mark the beginning of Tokyo Olympics in a creative way. Called the Doodle Champion Island Games, the seven mini-games series are based on sporting events there over the next two weeks. The Doodle is created by Japanese animation company Studio 4°C.
Users can take part in the 16-bit games and contribute their scores to one of four teams – Red, Green, Blue and Yellow – which will be tracked by Google.
In the games, Lucky the Calico Ninja Cat takes part in events such as table tennis, climbing, skateboarding, artistic swimming, rugby, and marathon running, each with its own “Legendary Champion” to challenge from Japanese folklore and history.
“First, we identified stories and folktales from all over the country with characters that are highly recognised and then we connected those folktales and characters with each of the sport events included in the game,” said the studio.
“In the design process, each event champion was selected from those unique stories. The team mascots and the characters in the city such as Kappa, Yatagarasu, lion dance, were also chosen as they are very well known across Japan. Each character’s design was based on their original story image, but then adapted for the game,” they added.
Welcome to the Doodle Champion Island Games!
In this interactive #GoogleDoodle, join calico (c)athlete Lucky as she explores a 🌎 filled with sports, legendary opponents, and daring side quests.
— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) July 23, 2021
Originally scheduled for last year, the world’s most celebrated sporting event was postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.