Today’s Olympics-themed Google Doodle is an adorable JRPG-inspired game
It’s almost like Google didn’t want anyone to do any work today, because today’s Google Doodle just so happens to be a ridiculously addictive Tokyo 2020 Olympics-themed JRPG. Like, a full-on 16-bit JRPG, right there while you search for “Dan Murphy’s opening hours“.
Dubbed the Doodle Champion Island Games, you play as a cute ninja cat named Lucky, competing in the games for their team. There are four teams to choose from: The blue team, represented by a cow (ushi); The red team, represented by a crow (karasu); The yellow team, represented by a fox (inari); And the green team, represented by a kappa (a Japanese turtle-esque water spirit).
You’ll compete across a series of minigames, including table tennis, archery and climbing, battling against a “Legendary Champion” from Japanese history folklore.
Much like the actual Olympic Games, the leaderboard will be updated in real-time with every win for each team, and at the end, one team will be crowned the winner – so choose wisely.
To create the anime-inspired intro and cutscenes, Google teamed up with Japanese animation company Studio 4°C, led by former Studio Ghibli line producer Eiko Tanaka.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to live out my Olympic table tennis dreams in a 16-bit search engine game.