Strap in for the intensive backstory on Google’s newest playable Halloween Doodle, which has a historical past stretching all the best way again to the long-ago before-time yr of 2016.
You’re a cat. You’re additionally a wizard. There are ghosts, and also you combat them with magic.
Okay, that didn’t truly take very lengthy.
This yr’s Doodle is a direct sequel to 2016’s playable Magic Cat Academy Doodle, which sees a small black cat named Momo defending her faculty and her classmates towards a sequence of ghosts taking up the school rooms and kitchen. In that sport, you combat ghosts by drawing the symbols above their heads, which interprets to Momo waving her wand within the acceptable gesture and firing off an anti-ghost spell. Momo is silent (is smart, since cats don’t speak), however she’s nonetheless a charismatic character who faces her spirit adversaries with a grim little frown of dedication, and celebrates each accomplished stage with a cocky little wand-twirl and grin.
The brand new 2020 Doodle makes use of the very same mechanic and gestures. Solely the setting has modified — after Momo defeated the magically enlarged boss-ghost in 2016, it fell into the ocean and is now possessing sea life, a volcano, and even seemingly the water. The brand new model gives a few minor twists — a jellyfish protect and a sprig assault to complement the lightning bolt you in all probability shouldn’t be utilizing underwater. However largely, the one adjustments are the setting, and a cat-fish captain ally who sails you into darkish waters.
Nonetheless, for these of us who replayed the 2016 sport, the 2020 sequel is a stunning Halloween deal with. Google introduced Momo again in 2017 for a brief movie a couple of lonely ghost searching for her friendship. However whereas 2018’s spirit-collector Doodle sport was ridiculously addictive, and 2019’s trick-or-treat introduction calendar was mildly informative, they deserted Momo. It’s good to have her again in motion.
For followers of those video games, it’s price trying out Google’s posts in regards to the Doodles, which embody the dev staff credit, early gameplay artwork, particulars about the actual creatures that impressed this yr’s antagonists, and a few playful growth notes:
The unique idea for the sport concerned a magic cat making a soup that was so good, it raised the lifeless. Connecting soup to Halloween proved too summary, so the staff shifted to the thought of a wizard faculty. This opened the door to a extra sturdy world full of fascinating characters and paw-some themes.