We're totally addicted to the Google Doodle Olympic games

The Tokyo Olympics 2020 haven't exactly been what people expected – they're taking place in 2021 for a start. But there have at least been some pleasant surprises. Google has created its biggest and most detailed Google Doodle in celebration of the Games, and many people have become absolutely addicted to it, us included. 

The Doodle Champion Island games is a series of interactive Google Doodle games that mixes a 16-bit vibe with some serious anime cuteness – no surprise there, as the series was created in partnership with Japanese animation studio, Studio 4°C. We love the style of the whole thing, and think it might already be up there with some of our favourite Olympic designs, including these Tokyo 2020 pictograms

google doodle for Olympic games game

(Image credit: Google/Studio 4°C)

There are seven games to play as Lucky the calico, taking in Olympic games such as table tennis, skateboarding, archery, climbing, rugby, artistic swimming and marathon. Players can choose to join teams represented by different animal mascots, such as Kappa the yokai or Ushi the cow, and can even record their scores in a real-time global leaderboard. 

Naturally, the Redditers of the world have got involved, and there's a Reddit community of speedrunners (people trying to complete games in the fastest time possible) who are battling it out for the top scores, and sharing their progress. 

google_doodle_champion_island_climbing_game_in_11 from r/speedrun

As for the games themselves, we can't get enough of them. We love all the little details, the beautiful intro videos, the charming text that gives you instructions, the fun and eclectic mix of characters, plus the gameplay itself. 

To learn more about the Google Doodle, including more about how and why they were created, go to the dedicated Google Doodle page.  You can also explore the work of Studio 4°C for more gorgeous design, or our favourite Google Doodles for more Doodle fun.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where her blogging prowess led her to become Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on art and design magazines, including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw, and got the 'Apple bug' when working on US title, Mac|Life. In 2018, she left the world of print behind and moved to Creative Bloq, where she helps take care of the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach through trying to please the Google Gods, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure its content serves its readers as best it can. Her interests lie in branding and illustration, tech and sexism, and plenty more in-between.