Good news, Google Doodle lovers! Starting April 27, Google is diving into its Doodle archives to launch a throwback series of interactive games that you can on your devices. It seems that Google understands how bored we are here at home and they’re trying to do us a boredom-busting solid.
“As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people and families everywhere are spending more time at home,” said Google in a statement. “In light of this, we’re launching a throwback Doodle series looking back at some of our popular interactive Google Doodle games!”
Let’s back up a bit for the people who are new to Google Doodles. You may see Google Doodles all the time and still not know what they are. Google Doodles refer to how Google transforms its company logo when you visit Google.com, making it into a fun illustration or interactive puzzle. Google generally uses Doodles to commemorate a holiday or special occasion—Harriet Tubman‘s birthday on February 1, Beethoven’s 245th birthday, or the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man.
Like with the latter, sometimes the Google Doodles aren’t just pictures.
They’re interactive games or puzzles that users can solve.
But now, Google Doodle isn’t just commemorating important days. They’re providing us with some much-needed interactive games to save us from cabin fever during coronavirus sheltering in place. Thank you, Google. Thank you.
The series is enduring a slow roll-out of 10 of the most popular Google Doodle games throughout two weeks, with the first Doodle game launching April 27. Keep reading for more info on how to access the most popular Google Doodle games and what to expect!
How to access the Google Doodle game archives
Sure, the Google Doodles may go up on a certain day to celebrate a specific event, but they don’t exactly disappear once that day is over. Instead of disappearing forever, the Google Doodles are fed into an archive. So, all of your favorite Google Doodles throughout the years can be accessed right in the Google Doodle archives.
Once you access the Google Doodle archives, you’ll see the Doodles categorized into interactive, this day in history, and featured. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see a list of the most recent Doodles: From April 25 to 26, the Google Doodle was “Thank You: Coronavirus helpers,” April 22 was an Earth Day 2020 design featuring an interactive bee game created in collaboration with the New York City-based Honeybee Conservancy, and on April 4 it was, “Stay Home, Save Lives.”
Now, if you specifically want to play interactive Google Doodles, you’ll want to press, “Interactive.” Here, you’ll find a list of all the playable Google Doodles, ranging from the Geminid Meteor Shower from 2018 to the 44th Anniversary of the Birth of Hip Hop from August 2017.