Google has released its most ambitious interactive Doodle yet: A full-fledged sports video game inspired by the Olympic games. Championship Island Game features a calico cat competing in seven different sporting events on a colorful island.
The Doodle coincides with the opening day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Video games have been a big part of this year’s event, as the opening ceremony featured music from Japanese video games such as Dragon Quest.
Championship Island Game There’s a calico named Lucky who lands on an island full of sports. There are seven different sports organized around the island, each presented as a unique mini-game. There’s a Dance Dance Revolution style swimming rhythm game and a Tony Hawk-like skateboarding event, just to name two. Players get a reel to win in each event – you’ll have to play to see what happens when you get all seven.
There are some surprising things to do in the game. There are several small side quests scattered around the island. Players can complete quests to fill a trophy room. In general, it will take players at least half an hour to complete the game.
Notably, the game features beautifully animated cutscenes that look like they came straight out of an anime. The animations were created by Studio 4°C, the company that created the game in conjunction with Google.
According to Google, Championship Island Game is the largest interactive Doodle the company has ever made. One standout feature is that most Doodles are about the size of one of the game’s sports, making it a surprisingly powerful activity.
Championship Island Game available to play right now by going to Google and tapping on Doodle. It supports both mouse and keyboard controls, as well as mobile controls.