Have you heard of Google Doodle games? Google Doodle is back. Retro is hip! Old hobbies, sewing, baking – whatever. Some of our favorite and most loved Google Doodles are also making a comeback and we have the news on how you can play along.
The search giant has long used its homepage to share fun facts (like “on this day” history class) as well as mini-games. These fun Google Doodle games (and sometimes educational games) are perfect boredom-busters for parents and kids alike.
History of Google Doodles
Can you believe the idea of Google Doodles came BEFORE Google was even integrated?
The concept of the Doodle came about when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the company’s logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. They placed a stick figure drawing after the 2nd “o” in the word Google, and the revamped logo was intended to serve as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “out of office.” While the first Doodle was relatively simple, the idea of decorating the company logo to celebrate notable events was born. —Google
Two years later, in 2000, Dennis Hwang, who was doing an internship at Google, was named “Google’s Chief Doodler” and the Doodles became more regular.
Which Google Doodles will they contain?
Google launched the Throwback series last April with the perfect mini-game for teaching kids the basics of coding.
Coding for Carrots was originally launched during Computer Science Education Week in 2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of coding kids with logo.
Coding for Carrots Google Doodles Game
Logo was the very first programming language designed specifically for children. The game is also super kid-friendly.
The goal of Coding for Carrots is to guide a rabbit across a series of blocks while collecting carrots.
Users guide them by creating simple command combinations.
It’s simple but fun and a great way to introduce kids to coding. If your kids enjoy it, check out Scratch, another programming language designed specifically for kids.
As for the rest of the featured Google Doodles? Only time can tell!
Based on their website, they’ll be releasing one a day for a total of 10 days, perhaps partly because some of the mini-games can be played in multiplayer. Speaking of interactive Google Doodles…
Interactive Google Doodles that you can play with
Google has one Archive of all interactive Doodle games You introduced. What I like about it is that you can see where in the world it was shown and on what date.
Interactive Google Doodle of Mother Duck
For example, for Mother’s Day 2019, there is an interactive Google Doodle for Indonesia (screenshot above) where you can change the actions of the mother duck and the little ducklings by pressing the different buttons.
It’s pretty fascinating! You can play it here.
Interactive Rubik’s Cube Google Doodle
Another of my favorite interactive Google Doodle games was released on May 19th, 2014 and it was an interactive Rubik’s Cube. You can use keyboard shortcuts to solve the cube.
Selected Google Doodles
Another type of Google Doodle is the featured Google Doodles. The screenshot above shows the featured celebration of the 200th anniversary of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. You can use the arrows on either side of the picture to fast forward or rewind a picture story.
This day in Google Doodles history
OK, I’ll admit it, I like to look back and see if I remember any of the doodles that were featured that day. You can find these by visiting the Google Doodles section and searching for “this day in history” which is on the home page and often when you open another page it will appear under the section you clicked on .
Here’s how to access the featured Google Doodle
Each featured Google Doodle appears on Google’s homepage. Just click on the “Logo” above the search bar, learn more about the featured game and start playing. I thought it would be fun to show some of the favorites that other people have…
Top 10 Best Google Doodle Game Videos
Some of the games that were reintroduced last year:
- Google doodle cricket game, originally created to celebrate the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. (Just be forewarned, it can be very addictive… in other words, it will help pass the time!)
- Other popular favorites that have a chance to be featured include, among others Pac Man, Rubik’s Cube, Pony Expressand the Bingo-like Loteria game.
- But if your previous favorite Google Doodle game isn’t featured, fear not. You and your kids can still access it through the Google Doodle archive.
Which Google Doodle would you like to see and play with?
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Which Google Doodle game is your favorite?