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From empty stadiums a (rightly) fired composers and beyond, this year’s Tokyo Olympics are over something of a disaster. Fortunately, the doodle on the Google Celebrations homepage has given your site a surprisingly fun collection of arcade minigames.
Appears in Google homepage this week, the Doodle Champion Island Games is an online sports role-playing game that allows you to join one of four teams to compete in seven events: archery, figure swimming, table tennis, marathon, rugby, climbing and skateboard. Currently, the red team, the best team, wins by a long shot.
Each of these takes the form of a small, solid mini-game. Artistic swimming is framed as a Dance Dance Revolution-style rhythm game, while skateboarding (new at this year’s Olympics) is a top-down version of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Each comes with its own anime-inspired opening film, which follows a happy little cat as they become a multidisciplinary sports teacher.
These sports are housed in an overly dense world full of characters, some of whom even have some side missions to complete. One, for example, sees you running for water so that a poor rhino can finish the construction work and open a new wing on the map.
Google has experimented with playable doodles in the past, since Jazz swing rhythm games in competitive demon duels. Champion Island feels like a new level of ambition, but it’s definitely worth reviewing as it ends. It's a shame that the event he's been involved in has become a mess.