In the virtual Olympics that is also parallely underway on Google’s home page, Friday’s scheduled event is football.
London 2012 football is the fifteenth London Olympics doodle, carrying on the tradition of a Google doodle every day of the Olympics, NDTV Gadgets points out.
The doodle features a goalkeeper and a player, the latter controlled by the user. The game starts as soon as the blue button, displayed in the doodle, is clicked.
The interactive doodle lets you to save goals for your country. You can use left and right arrow keys to move the goalkeeper or by using the mouse to move the goalkeeper. However it is easier to move the goalkeeper using a mouse.
The opponent has a set of 5 footballs and he tries to score the goals one after the other. If you save a goal you get 1 point while if you are not able to save a goal you get X.
According to The Times of India, there is no limitation of time and the game continues till three goals are scored, following which the score is displayed on the board. The score can also be shared on Google’s social networking service Google Plus.
In the doodle, the letters of the logo of Google are seen divided. The scores can be shared on Google’s social networking service Google Plus.
This is the fifteenth London 2012 Google doodle and the 4th consecutive Google doodle in the form of a game. Friday 27th July, the Google doodle had celebrated the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
Yesterday Google’s homepage depicted London 2012 Slalom Canoe (interactive water race game). According to ITechWik, London 2012 Slalom Canoe Doodle features a paddler with a yellow-coloured canoe which lets you paddle a canoe down a water course that has 10 downstream gates, marked with green striped poles.
Tuesday saw the first animated doodle in form of the London 2012 hurdles game. The doodle allowed users to participate in a hurdles race using the left-right arrow keys to run and the spacebar to jump over the 10 hurdles in the race.
Wednesday, we saw the amazing basketball doodle game that shows a Basketball player and allows you to shoot as many baskets as you can in 24 seconds. The doodle also shows a countdown timer and the points that you have earned. To get a 3 star for the London 2012 Basketball game, you will have to get 36 points or more.
Google also doodled London 2012 Olympic events like Pole Vault, Shot Put, Table Tennis, Hockey, Artistic Gymnastics men’s Rings, Fencing, Diving, Archery, Synchronised Swimming and Javelin.
Google has a rich history of Olympics related doodles. For example, in 2008, there was a doodle celebrating the opening ceremony of the Bejing Olympics on Aug 8, 2008. This doodle showed the five Beijing Olympics mascots – BeiBei, JingJing, HuanHuan, YingYing and NiNi – carrying the Olympic flag.
Each day in 2008 saw different Google doodles being released. It is expected that this year too Google will stay true to its tradition and come out with a series of doodles spread across the days of the Olympics.