Today’s Olympics-themed Google Doodle is an adorable JRPG-inspired game

I'm obsessed.

Georgia Dixon
Digital Content Editor
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Published on July 23, 2021
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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.

Georgia Dixon
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Georgia Dixon
Georgia Dixon has over seven years' experience writing about all things tech, entertainment and lifestyle, with bylines in TechLife magazine, 7NEWS and Stuff.co.nz. In her spare time, you'll find her playing games and daydreaming about good food, wine, and dogs.

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