According to “The Hindu,” Brazil woke up to a vibrant start of the 31st Olympic Games that officially commenced in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. The mega event will continue until August 21. However, for those unable to catch the action live, Google has some fun-filled and exciting arrangements already lined-up. The tech juggernaut, which has a 20-year-long history of creating doodles, has again lived up to its reputation by designing a doodle for the ongoing grand sports event.
Doodles are exciting and spontaneous changes that Google occasionally makes in its logo for both celebrating and commemorating notable events such as holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of world famous personalities, as reported by its official website. The Olympics Doodle has been a tradition for Google. The game is in addition to more than 2,000 doodles that Google’s talented team has already made. They have graced the company’s homepage over the last two decades, as reported by its official website. According to “The Telegraph,” the company’s doodle team comprises 20 members and is led by designer Ryan Germick. The team includes two producers, four engineers, 10 doodlers, and three dogs.
“The Telegraph,” further reported that the 2016 Olympics Doodle by Google is a series of free addictive interactive mini-games based on the 2016 Olympics. The Olympics Doodle is visible on Google’s desktop website. However, the actual games can be played only on mobile devices that run either iOS or Android operating systems. According to Android Authority, the amusement dubbed as Google’s “2016 Doodle Fruit Games,” has various fruits participating in different games as players.
All the games have been designed using the conventional sports normally played in an Olympics event, and can be accessed by clicking on the Google Doodle using the Google app installed on the device. As both Android Authority and Mashable suggest, the user has the option to indulge and compete in seven different sports. They can either choose to be a coconut riding a BMX bike or don the avatar of a strawberry and run as fast as they can to reach the finishing line. However, they must avoid being crushed by a huge watermelon following them while picking up boosters available to increase their running speed. They can choose to play a game of tennis as a pineapple against several other fruit opponents. Another option is to swim as a lemon without hitting the floating ice cubes by tilting the phone back and forth. According to “The Telegraph,” each round played is measured in terms of shareable scores. The scores are totaled using the overall time taken to complete the round along with the stars earned. The objective is to win the title of the “freshest fruit,” and be crowned the winner of “2016 Doodle Fruit Games,” as confirmed both by Android Authority and “Time,” alike.
Moreover, to prevent boredom from setting in and spoiling the fun element of the game, Google has taken measures to keep the interest levels of its users afloat. As stated by “The Telegraph,” the company plans to rollout regular daily updates to its Olympic Doodles in the form of a new batch of mini-games each single day, until the time the game is available to play. As reported by Android Authority, the Olympics-based game can only be played for a 14-day period before the mega sports event in Rio ends. Until then, the 2016 Olympics Doodle made by Google can definitely keep its endless users entertained by making them enjoy a different kind of Olympics event from the comfort of their homes.
By Bashar Saajid
Edited by Cathy Milne and Jeanette Smith
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The Telegraph: Google’s addictive ‘Fruit Games’ mark the start of the Olympics
Android Authority: Google celebrates Olympics with 2016 Doodle fruit-themed mobile games
Mashable: Google celebrates the Olympics with a bunch of cartoon fruit games
TIME: Celebrate the Start of the Olympics With Google’s Fun Interactive Doodle
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