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This doodle’s key themes.
A bunch of cute & spooky animals are dropping by.
This year’s interactive Halloween Doodle is a creature feature, with surprises from animals commonly associated with scary movies, ghost stories, and Halloween decorations.
Which animals you see depends on which doors you choose. Pick “trick” or “treat” to learn more.
Ding dong! Who’s that behind the door?
Trick or Treat? The choice is yours.
Find out ways you can support animals, like the ones featured in the Doodle, with WWF here: US / International .
Early sketches and drafts by artist Lydia Nichols
Art Lead ⫶ Lydia Nichols
Animation ⫶ Stan Cameron, Alyssa Winans, Lydia Nichols
UX Design ⫶ Diana Tran, Stan Cameron, Lydia Nichols
Producer ⫶ Colin Duffy
Engineering ⫶ Stephanie Gu, Jordan Thompson, Brian Murray
Doodle Team Lead ⫶ Jessica Yu
Marketing ⫶ Perla Campos, Grace Chen
Music/Sound ⫶ Silas Hite
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The very first Doodle launched as an “out of office” message of sorts when company founders Larry and Sergey went on vacation.
The first Doodle launched in 1998, before Google was officially incorporated.
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Doodle for Google student contest winners have gone on to become professional artists
The time it takes from sketch to launch for a Doodle varies widely: some have taken years and others just a few hours!
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Our most frequently recurring Doodle character is Momo the Cat - named after a real-life team pet!
The official term for the artists that work on Doodles is "Doodler"
Google gets into the Halloween spirit with a ghostly multiplayer interactive Doodle
If you want to take a break from work or the never-ending news cycle, Google is here to give you an escape. The search giant has launched a new Halloween-themed playable Doodle that opens up to a Snake-like game that you can play with your friends or random players from around the world.
The goal of the game is to collect as many wandering spirit flames as you can in two minutes and return them to their homebase. After time’s up, the team that has collected the most spirit flames wins. Here’s the catch: opponents can intercept spirits from one another as they bring them back to homebase. Ghosts that collect the most spirit flames will also unlock special powers, such as speed boosts and night vision.
You can host a game and invite up to seven friends to play with you via a custom invitation link or choose to play with randomized players. Google says the team that developed the Doodle built several systems to enable this multiplayer gaming, all running on the Google Cloud Platform. The team utilized Open Match, which is an open source matchmaking framework co-founded by Google Cloud and Unity.
Google often uses its Doodles to commemorate historical dates and figures, but sometimes uses the feature to add a bit of fun when it comes to holidays. The new multiplayer Doodle is the sequel to Google’s “Great Ghoul Duel Doodle” from 2018. The 2022 version includes new characters, game maps, special power-ups and more.
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Since 1999, Google has made an annual tradition of changing its famous company logo to celebrate the Halloween season on the main Google website.
Officially referred to as the Google Doodle, these logos were typically just a bit of artistic fun, with each year’s Google Doodle Halloween logo sporting a unique take on popular Halloween aesthetic imagery such as black cats, witches, and jack-o-lanterns.
It all changed in 2015 when the traditional Google Doodle image evolved into a quirky Google Halloween game called the Global Candy Cup 2015 featuring a cute ghost. This free Halloween video game ran entirely within a web browser on the Google website. The company followed this up with more Google Halloween games each year (though it skipped 2017.)
The Google Doodle for Halloween 2017 was an animated film called Halloween 2017 Google Doodle: Jinx's Night Out. There was no Google Halloween game 2017. This short cartoon focuses on the cat from the 2016 Google Doodle game, which you can watch online .
Here’s how to play each Google Doodle Halloween game.
How to Play Google's Halloween 2015 Game
Google’s first Google Doodle Halloween game, Halloween - Global Candy Cup 2015 , is a fun little game where you get to choose to play as one of four cute cartoon witches and fly through a level collecting candy on Halloween night.
The controls are very similar to the Flappy Bird game, wherein you need to tap the screen to fly continuously. Each tap boosts the witch slightly higher into the sky. If you stop tapping, your witch crashes to the ground.
Bats and ravens continuously attack the witch, so the tapping must be timed perfectly to fly over or under them.
How to Play Google’s Halloween 2016 Game
The second Google Halloween game is Magic Cat Academy and revolves around a black cartoon cat called Momo, who must defend her school against ghosts.
Each attacking ghost features a symbol above its head, such as a horizontal or vertical line. All you need to do to defeat the ghosts is swipe their symbol with your finger.
How to Play Google's Doodle for Halloween 2018
The Google Halloween 2018 game is called The Great Ghoul Duel and was the first Google Doodle game to feature online multiplayer.
This free online Halloween video game pits two teams of four players against each other. Each player plays as an adorable ghost who must collect as many spirit flame icons as they can. The gameplay is very similar to the classic Pac-Man video game , but instead of playing a ghost-eater, you play as the ghosts.
Running into an opponent will cause you to lose some of the spirit flames you’ve collected, while collecting a lot will unlock special powers such as super speed and night vision.
The game uses the arrow keys to navigate around the level, and you can choose to get matched with other random players for each game or host your own online multiplayer game and invite friends via a unique invite link.
How to Play Google's Halloween Doodle for 2019
The 2019 Google Doodle was all about the animals.
This nameless game gives you a series of doors to click and reveal a trick-or-treating beastie. Select "Trick" to see a cute, creepy animation or "Treat" to make the animal friend happy and learn a little fact. Your visitors include a spider, octopus, jaguar, and bat. This Doodle wasn't just a fun, cute time; it also aimed to build awareness and support for the World Wildlife Foundation .
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For the first time yet, Google's 2020 Halloween offering was a follow-up to a previous title. In this sequel to Magic Cat Academy , 2016's feline hero Momo returns to face new threats under the sea.
Just like in the previous entry, spirits and monsters head toward you from the edges of the screen. To defeat them, swipe or draw the symbols over their heads. Across four aquatic levels that lead Momo ever deeper into the ocean, she'll face foes like the Immortal Jellyfish, Vampire Squid, and a terrifying Anglerfish.
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Google brings back beloved multiplayer halloween game w/ new maps, hats, and more.
Over the years, Google has crafted some fun and spooky games for Halloween, and this year they’ve expanded The Great Ghoul Duel with hats, new maps, and so much more.
While some may be partial to Magic Cat Academy, the single-player Halloween Google Doodle game series about drawing shapes to defeat ghosts, a little healthy competition keeps things exciting. Back in 2018, Google launched The Great Ghoul Duel, an online multiplayer game that pitted two teams of ghosts in a battle collecting spirit flames and bringing them back to base.
For 2022, Google has prepared The Great Ghoul Duel 2, which greatly expands on the gameplay and variety. The core mechanics of the beloved Halloween game have stayed the same. You need to collect spirit flames from around the map and bank them at your base. The trick is to not get greedy along the way, as a rival ghost can touch your ever-lengthening tail of flames to steal them, though banking larger sums will net you exclusive power-ups.
Building on that core premise, the 2022 edition of Google’s Halloween game has a strategic shake-up to the gameplay, the invincibility jack-o-lantern. This acts similarly to the power pellet from Pac-Man, giving the player the ability to defeat rival ghosts — sending them back to base empty-handed — without fear of spirit flames being stolen.
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its really fun and amazing! I wish you could still play it after halloween but other than that its fun.😀👍
This latest edition of The Great Ghoul Duel will be available on the Google homepage for the next few days, but can also be played well after Halloween 2022 has passed through the Doodle archive . Matchmaking may take a bit longer, though. To keep the fun rolling, Google has included new achievements to the game, each of which unlocks a special hat you can equip to your ghost — including a cameo from Momo, the star of Magic Cat Academy.
As before, The Great Ghoul Duel 2 is powered by the Google Cloud Platform and Open Match , an open-source multiplayer matchmaking system created in collaboration between Google Cloud and Unity.
If you feel the urge to play Google’s game after Halloween is over, bots will fill your lobby if there aren’t enough players. Or, to play with friends and family, you can create a private match and invite others with a special link.
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Google’s new playable Doodle brings back Halloween’s cutest cat wizard
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Strap in for the extensive backstory on Google’s latest playable Halloween Doodle , which has a history stretching all the way back to the long-ago before-time year of 2016.
You’re a cat. You’re also a wizard. There are ghosts, and you fight them with magic.
Okay, that didn’t actually take very long.
This year’s Doodle is a direct sequel to 2016’s playable Magic Cat Academy Doodle, which sees a small black cat named Momo defending her school and her classmates against a series of ghosts taking over the classrooms and kitchen. In that game, you fight ghosts by drawing the symbols above their heads, which translates to Momo waving her wand in the appropriate gesture and firing off an anti-ghost spell. Momo is silent (makes sense, since cats don’t talk), but she’s still a charismatic character who faces her spirit adversaries with a grim little frown of determination, and celebrates every completed level with a cocky little wand-twirl and grin.
The new 2020 Doodle uses the exact same mechanic and gestures. Only the setting has changed — 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 new version offers a couple of minor twists — a jellyfish shield and a spray attack to supplement the lightning bolt you probably shouldn’t be using underwater. But mostly, the only changes are the setting, and a cat-fish captain ally who sails you into dark waters.
Still, for those of us who replayed the 2016 game, the 2020 sequel is a lovely Halloween treat. Google brought Momo back in 2017 for a short film about a lonely ghost seeking her friendship. But while 2018’s spirit-collector Doodle game was ridiculously addictive, and 2019’s trick-or-treat advent calendar was mildly informative, they abandoned Momo. It’s nice to have her back in action.
For fans of these games, it’s worth checking out Google’s posts about the Doodles , which include the dev team credits, early gameplay art, details about the real creatures that inspired this year’s antagonists, and some playful development notes:
The original concept for the game involved a magic cat making a soup that was so good, it raised the dead. Connecting soup to Halloween proved too abstract, so the team shifted to the idea of a wizard school. This opened the door to a more robust world filled with interesting characters and paw-some themes.
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Google Brings Back Great Ghost Duel Doodle For Halloween
Great Ghoul Duel Doodle 2: Halloween Boo-Galoo.
Google isn’t entirely out of the games biz after Stadia’s closure . Today’s Google Doodle brings back a Halloween favorite where competitive ghosts steal spirits to unlock cool hats.
Fans will remember the Great Ghoul Duel Doodle from 2018’s Halloween Doodle. The game features two teams of four ghosts trying to gather as many spirits from the map as possible. Spirits trail along the player like Centipede and make a tempting target for opposing ghosts to steal from. The Great Ghoul Duel Doodle was the first Doodle to feature multiplayer support, with random matchmaking or inviting specific Google users through custom game links.
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Today, the Great Ghoul Duel Doodle returns for an amazing sequel. It’s the same game that Doodle enjoyers remember, but with new characters, achievements, maps, and power-ups. If 2018’s Ghoul Duel was a Doodle, this year’s Duel is a full-fledged game.
The game starts with a simple tutorial explaining the controls, which are either the arrow keys or by clicking on your mouse. Hold the left-click for greater control of your ghost. You’ll then be sent to play your first game with characters and teams assigned randomly. Team Green consists of Olive the cat, Emerald, Moss, Jade, Sage, and Kelly, while team Purple has Plum, Periwinkle, Iris, Mulberry, Amethyst, and Mauve.
For those wondering how the name Kelly is associated with green, it’s apparently an intense shade commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day .
During the game, spirits will spawn randomly at set locations. Your job is to float over them to pick them up and then return to your team's home base. Watch out for opposing players, who can steal your spirits by making contact with them. Conversely, float towards friendly players to gain a spirit bonus. Throughout the match, your team will receive power-ups based on how many spirits you've collected, including speed boosts, night vision, and the ability to float through walls.
And don't forget the new achievements that reward players with spooky and spectacular hats. The Great Ghoul Duel Doodle lasts all day, but just like Halloween, it leaves on November 1.
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Your friendly neighborhood Google ghosts are back once again for Halloween — and this time, they want you to bring all your friends to the party.
Google’s 2018 Halloween Doodle is a first for the company: a multiplayer game hosted on Google’s Cloud platform that lets you share an invite link with friends to join in and play. The game is something of a Snake clone in which players’ ghostly avatars eat things — er, sorry, collect “wandering spirit flames,” according to Google’s official description — to make their ghostly tails get longer. The goal is to grow as big as you can without running into any of the ghosts around you.
You can play with up to seven friends and choose whether you want to be on the ghoulishly green team or the paranormally purple team.
Google’s 2018 Halloween Google Doodle is a literal leveling-up of an established tradition
Ghosts are a recurring part of Google’s Halloween Doodle tradition , so it’s nice to see the return of the little critters. As part of the celebration, Google shared GIFs of the ghostly team avatars, as well as early illustrations from before their designs were finalized:
Special Halloween games are also a favorite part of Google’s annual celebration; 2015 saw the Doodle’s first worldwide game , with millions of players choosing to join color-coded teams and attempting to collect the most Halloween candy. (The yellow team won.) In 2016, participants played an adorable black cat named Momo , a holdover from one of the previous year’s avatars, as she attempted to do battle with a haunted house full of ghosts.
The 2017 Doodle wasn’t a game, but it did represent a continuation of the previous year’s storyline — as Momo befriended a sweet, shy ghost named Jinx. This year’s game represents a departure from the (very loose) storyline that has linked past Halloween Google Doodles , but what it loses in plot connections, it makes up for in the novelty of getting to share the moment, and play the game, with your friends.
Plus, there’s no reason that Momo and Jinx can’t return in the years to come. In the meantime, we have a whole new squadron of ghouls to meet and do battle with. Play on!
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Google's Halloween game is basically Ghosts.io and it's spooky multiplayer fun
Play Google's Halloween Doodle and steal spirits from your friends or strangers
Google 's popped games into the "doodle" slot of its homepage before, but the new Halloween-themed treat you can play right now is easily the most fun diversion devised by the search/tech/ads/everything giant yet. That's right, I said it: I don't think Pac-Man is all that fun even if you're playing on the streets of your hometown . But I digress.
The new Google Doodle game is called The Great Ghoul Duel, and it's an online multiplayer game about a bunch of ghosts floating around and stealing souls from each other. You can play on a desktop or mobile device by heading to Google.com and clicking or tapping the colorful icon near the top of the page. It's quite fully featured, with automatic matchmaking, private lobbies so you can play with friends, bots to fill in empty player slots, and multiple maps.
Also, the ghosts are cute as haunted buttons.
Team Purple or Team Green? 🙀 We have to admit, this lineup's pretty grape. #Halloween #GoogleDoodle → https://t.co/SHbC3tPVv3 pic.twitter.com/ZnkXqlBOHP October 30, 2018
Playing the Great Ghoul Duel feels like a cross between slither.io and Capture the Flag: your ghostly duty is to roam around the map and collect little glowing Spirit Flames. Collected flames follow along behind you in a glowing trail, and if you pass through a member of the opposing team's trail you'll steal flames from behind the point you touched. You also get a few for passing through a teammate. Whichever team banks the most flames by depositing them back at their base after two minutes wins; bank enough at once and you'll even get handy power-ups like magnetism or wall-clipping.
Let me tell you, if you ever want to feel good about your ability to play video games, just compete against a bunch of people who probably don't play many video games. Sorry not sorry for taking all your spirits, green team. I needed that "Polter-Heist" award.
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The novelty of Google's doodles doesn't really wear off does it? The doodles have always been a pretty great way to signify dates of historical importance, but when it comes to holidays and festivities Google ups the effort and sometimes brings us a little game to play instead.
This year Google has brought back a game from a previous Halloween: Great Ghoul Duel. This 4v4 arena duel is part Snake and part Slither.io. It's all about collecting Spirit Flames across the map and then bringing them back to your base. The team with the most flames by the end of the time wins, simple eh?
There is one wrinkle, though: if your chain of Spirit Flames is interrupted by the enemy team, they can steal the flames and you'll be stunned for a second, mourning the loss of your hard earned orbs. It's pretty easy to get a hang of and there are even some achievements you can earn if you're really into the game. It's a nice little Halloween treat, and I always appreciate it when there are thematically spooky games without too many scares involved.
When Doodles arrive, Google puts together a little page of information on the project and even sometimes notes about how it was created. The Great Ghoul Duel's page has some credits, early sketches of the game's new characters, and even the names of the ghosts you play when you embark on your battles. My favourite is the little ghost cat with a fish in its mouth. Their name is Olive and I'd do anything for them.
And if you're not into the new game and miss 2016's Magic Cat Academy , don't worry, you can still play it in the Doodles archive for your fill of spooky browser game content.
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Google’s First Multiplayer Game Is A Highly Addictive Halloween Doodle
I t’s Halloween and Google has a treat for us in the form of a new Doodle game — Great Ghoul Duel. It is the first multiplayer game from the search giant.
The Great Ghoul Duel lets you form two teams — Green or Purple that has four ghosts each. As a ghost, you are supposed to collect as many wandering spirit flames as possible.
You have to return these souls to the team base that is denoted by a large pool of the same color as your team. In return you get points and both the teams get two minutes to do it. The team with a maximum number of spirit flames wins the game.
There are different perks in the game like speed boosts, night vision, and other special powers that ghosts can unlock if they collect a large number of spirit flames at one go.
To play the game, just open a new tab on Chrome, and you’ll see cute little green and purple ghosts in Google’s latest Halloween logo. Click on it to start the game.
Players can take a tutorial to understand the game. The controls are pretty simple as you need to use arrow keys to move the ghost. I scored 90 which is the lowest on my green team, but hey, it’s not that bad for the first time, and we won!
You can invite up to seven friends to play the game through a custom link or choose to play with random strangers across the world. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and defeat other ghosts now!
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Release date: May 21, 2010 (the first playable Google Doodle)
Occasion: The 30th anniversary of PAC-MAN’s debut in Japan (on May 22, 1980 )
Play this game just like you’d play PAC-MAN in the arcade: Use the arrow keys to navigate PAC-MAN, eating up all the dots and avoiding the ghosts as you go.
2. Halloween 2016 (“Magic Cat Academy”)
Release date: October 31, 2016
Momo, a black cat —inspired by Doodle designer Juliana Chen’s real-life pet—must fight her way through five levels of malevolent ghosts at a school for magic. Make them disappear by drawing the symbols above their heads (a pattern of arrows and lines). In part two of the game , released on Halloween 2020, Momo must banish ghosts underwater.
3. Bubble Tea
Release date: January 29, 2023
Occasion: The third anniversary of the announcement that boba, Taiwan’s globally popular beverage, was joining emoji lineups
Help a Formosan mountain dog—an indigenous Taiwanese breed—fulfill boba orders at his shop by holding down the space bar (or clicking and holding) to pour each ingredient up to the dotted line.
4. Garden Gnomes
Release date: June 10, 2018
Occasion: Garden Day in Germany, where handcrafted garden gnomes caught on in the 19th century
Press the space bar or click to fling each garden gnome as far as possible via the trebuchet. (Flowers spring up in their wake.)
5. Gerald “Jerry” Lawson
Release date: December 1, 2022
Occasion: What would have been the 82nd birthday of the late Gerald “Jerry” Lawson, who pioneered development of the first home video game system with interchangeable game cartridges and an 8-way digital joystick
This Doodle comprises five separate games that all utilize basic gaming goals, like collecting all the coins (or some other comparable item) or reaching a flag to win—avoiding unsavory characters that try to thwart you along the way. There’s also a game not unlike Atari Breakout, in which you have to direct a bouncing ball to break through all the blocks. The Doodle even has an edit mode where you can build your own game.
Release date: July 4, 2019
Occasion: To celebrate baseball’s Independence Day legacy
Hit the space bar or click to swing at pitches thrown by anthropomorphic peanuts. (The batters are all classic Fourth of July foods, too.)
7. Champion Island Games
Release dates: (2021) July 23-30; August 8; August 24-31; September 5
Occasion: Summer Olympics in Tokyo
This is a simple yet expansive role-playing game that unfolds over a series of 18 Doodles . Your character is a cat named Lucky, who needs to procure seven sacred scrolls by besting seven sporting champions on Champion Island. Side quests abound.
8. Coding for Carrots
Release date: December 4, 2017
Occasion: To celebrate Computer Science Education Week and the 50th anniversary of the introduction of kids’ programming languages
Build a code that directs the bunny to hop to each space with a carrot. There are blocks for moving forward one space, turning right and left, and even repeating a section of code.
Release date: August 11, 2017
Occasion: The 44th anniversary of DJ Kool Herc’s “back-to-school jam” in The Bronx in 1973, now considered hip hop’s birthday
Create your own hip hop mixes by choosing different classic records from a crate to play on the turntables. Earn trophies for featuring certain tracks, learning how to pause and scratch records, and more.
10. Pony Express
Release date: April 14, 2015
Occasion: The 155th anniversary of the Pony Express , the horse-powered mail service of the Old West that launched on April 3, 1860
Use the up and down arrow keys to navigate your courier on horseback through the Old West, collecting mail and avoiding cacti, rivers, and other obstacles as you go.
11. Oskar Fischinger
Release date: June 22, 2017
Occasion: What would have been the 117th birthday of German American avant-garde animator and artist Oskar Fischinger
Make your own visual music by building patterns of dots on the screen, which an instrument will play as notes as it moves from left to right. You can change the tempo and the key, add instruments, and experiment with other features.
Release date: December 9, 2019
Occasion: To celebrate the classic Mexican card game Lotería
This bingo -like Doodle is a multiplayer game—you can play against random opponents or send a link to your friends—in which each player has 16 cards laid out in a grid. When a card is dealt from the deck, see if it matches any of yours. If it does, put a bean on your card. The winner is the first person whose beans match the pattern in the upper left corner. Don’t forget to tap the Lotería button on the right side of the screen as soon as you’ve filled the pattern—otherwise, someone else might beat you to it.
13. Wilbur Scoville
Release date: January 22, 2016
Occasion: What would have been the 151st birthday of Wilbur Scoville, who created the Scoville scale for measuring the heat of peppers
Help Wilbur Scoville extinguish the heat of each pepper by tossing ice cream at it, which you do by clicking on the color-coded bar at the bottom of the screen when the red circle is in the green zone. (After you beat all five peppers, a clipboard will pop up with five flame symbols on it. Click the one on the right to unlock “Extra Spicy Mode,” in which the red circle moves much faster.)
14. Doctor Who
Release date: November 23, 2013
Occasion: The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who ’s premiere
Help the Doctor travel through time and space to collect letters that spell out Google . Use your arrow keys (or your mouse, which is easier) to move him, and watch out for obstacles.
15. Crossword Puzzle
Release date: December 21, 2013
Occasion: The 100th anniversary of the first crossword puzzle, created by Arthur Wynne and published in the New York World on December 21, 1913
Type in the answers to the clues exactly as you would with any other digital crossword . The three-letter answer to the first clue across appears multiple times throughout the puzzle.
16. Pangolin Love
Release date: February 11-14, 2017
Occasion: Valentine’s Day
Each of these four interactive Doodles highlights a different endangered pangolin species looking for love in their natural habitat. They all need your help completing various tasks for their beaus. For February 11’s giant pangolin in Ghana, it’s collecting ingredients to bake a cake. On February 12 , the Indian pangolin must grab musical notes to write a song. February 13’s Chinese pangolin is amassing ribbons to learn a dance; and on Valentine’s Day , the Philippine pangolin is collecting flowers to build a bouquet.
17. Basketball 2012
Release date: August 8, 2012
Occasion: Summer Olympics in London
Hit the space bar or click to prepare your shot, and then repeat the motion to shoot. If you wait too long between the two actions, you’ll overshoot the basket—but if you don’t wait long enough, the ball won’t have enough power to make it there at all.
18. Slalom Canoe 2012
Release date: August 9, 2012
Use the arrow keys to steer your canoeist through the slaloms and away from rocks and other river obstacles.
19. Soccer 2012
Release date: August 10, 2012
Use your arrow keys or mouse to move the goalkeeper left and right to block the penalty kicks. Press the space bar or click to jump.
20. Savoy Ballroom
Release date: May 26, 2021
Occasion: To celebrate the 19th anniversary of the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the site of the (long-demolished) Savoy Ballroom, Harlem’s famed 20th-century dance hall
While animated swing dancers perform to classic jazz songs, hit the right keyboard key—D, F, J, or K—when the musical note lands on it.
Play Doodle Halloween 2016
Doodle Halloween 2016 is a Google Doodle Game that was released in 2016 to celebrate Halloween. The game features a fun and engaging adventure through a haunted house, where players take on the role of a black cat and must navigate through various rooms filled with ghosts, skeletons, and other spooky creatures.
One of the things that makes Doodle Halloween 2016 so enjoyable is its charming and whimsical design. The game features a cute and colorful art style that is both engaging and fun, with bright colors and fun animations. The haunted house is also well-designed and filled with hidden surprises and secrets, making it a delight to explore.
In terms of gameplay, Doodle Halloween 2016 is a simple yet engaging platformer. Players control the black cat as it runs and jumps through various levels, avoiding obstacles and collecting treats along the way. The game also features a variety of puzzles that require players to use their wits to solve, adding to the overall challenge and enjoyment of the game.
Overall, Doodle Halloween 2016 is a great example of how Google Doodle Games can be used to celebrate important cultural events while also providing fun and engaging gameplay. The game is a fitting tribute to Halloween, a beloved holiday celebrated around the world. Whether you are a fan of Halloween or simply looking for a fun and challenging platformer, Doodle Halloween 2016 is definitely worth checking out.
The Most-Anticipated Horror Games Of 2024 And Beyond
By Mark Delaney on January 9, 2024 at 10:00AM PST
We looked back on 2023 as perhaps the best year in horror video games of all time , and yet, 2024 is looking scary-good, too. The year ahead in horror gaming is full of major series sequels and remakes, tiny indies to look out for, and everything in between. Scare-wise, you've got zombies, ghosts, mutants, twisted takes on Disney, and Killer Klowns, among lots else.
If you're one to turn off the lights, throw on a headset, and dive into something haunting, here's what you can expect to find in 2024 and beyond. Given the frequency with which games are delayed, we've organized this list alphabetically, but we've included release dates and platform availability wherever possible. For more, check out all of the upcoming 2024 release dates we know about.
A Feral Night
Release date: 2024 | Platforms: PC
The first game on our list comes from Dan McGrath, the solo horror dev behind last year's incredible alien abduction game, Incident at Grove Lake . When I knew I would be writing this, I reached out to see what's next from McGrath because I've found his projects on itch.io are becoming some of the best modern horror games available. A Feral Night is set in his childhood home and centers around an entity that comes out in the dark, which you must confront. Fans of Skinamarink should take note. He also shared that a second game is in the works. Currently without a title, it focuses on you playing "a Priest sent by the Church to study [a nun's] claims that she has been chosen by God to give birth to the Next Messiah."
Alone in the Dark
Release date: March 20 | Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X|S, PS5
For horror fans who go way back, Alone in the Dark is a familiar name. It's been nearly a decade since the last game in the series, even longer since the last single-player game in the series (2008), and even longer since the last well-received game in the series (2001). The original game goes all the way back to 1992 and this 2024 remake is a modern retelling of that, which allows for a much greater graphical leap than last year's Dead Space and Resident Evil 4 remakes.
Bye Sweet Carole
We've just begun, but spoiler warning: This is probably the most visually striking game on this list. Just look at it--amazing. Bye Sweet Carole is a 2D horror adventure game made to look very much like a classic-era Disney animation such as Snow White or Cinderella. That juxtaposition gives the whole project a Grimm's Fairy Tales vibe, so don't be surprised if you can never watch Disney hand-drawn movies the same after Bye Sweet Carole.
Release date: 2024 | Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, Switch
Another name that goes way back for horror fans is Clock Tower, and for players in the western hemisphere, the re-launch of the original 2D Clock Tower is likely the first chance they've had to play it since the game named Clock Tower that launched on PlayStation in 1997 was actually Clock Tower 2. The true first game in the series, once found on Super Famicom (SNES), is making its debut in many regions later this year. Players can decide for themselves how the horrors have aged in nearly 30 years, but it remains an interesting piece of genre history anyway.
Dead Letter Dept.
Release date: TBA | Platforms: PC
Sometimes my colleagues get gently annoyed with my distaste for virtually anything retro-flavored, but I make exceptions for horror games, in which case I think fuzzy, lo-fi scares are actually pretty great. That's why, to me, Dead Letter Dept. looks like one to keep an eye on. It's already got a Steam demo, so you can see for yourself how creepy mail-sorting can be.
Hideo Kojima's OD
Release date: TBA | Platforms: Xbox
We'd be surprised if this one actually launches in 2024, but given rumors swirled for nearly two years before its official reveal in December 2023, and the way it's billed as some kind of game-movie hybrid project, it could be closer than we think. Like a lot of Kojima projects, it's what we don't know that is most fun to speculate about. What is Jordan Peele's involvement? Why did the set for the game's reveal resemble PT's opening scene exactly? Why were the actors in the debut trailer speaking such nonsense? It'll be fun to unravel while we wait.
If you loved 2022's Signalis for the way it borrowed from PS1- and PS2-era horror games, Hollowbody is one to watch. It's made to look quite like the horror games of that era, complete with fixed camera angles, tricky puzzles, and an emphasis on inventory management. It's also set in a post-Brexit dystopia, so it likely has something more to say than "Boo!"
John Carpenter's Toxic Commando
Release date: 2024 | Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X|S, PS5
John Carpenter has never been shy about his adoration of video games , so fans of his should rejoice at the news that he's making another one himself. His first game since narrating and consulting on FEAR 3, Toxic Commando is a first-person zombie shooter with, judging by the name, some B-movie antics in play. It comes from Saber Interactive, which has been involved in many past horror projects already, like Evil Dead and World War Z.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game
Joining the increasingly crowded space of licensed horror games comes Killer Klowns, based on the cult classic Chiodo brothers movie from the '80s. Killer Klowns will be played in asymmetrical teams, putting it in the same proverbial bucket as Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Evil Dead, and Dead By Daylight. Given the game's modest stature, the game actually has a chance to be the biggest part of the IP to date.
Little Nightmares 3
After two unsettling entries from Tarsier Studio, the third Little Nightmares game is coming, this time from Supermassive, the horror aficionados responsible for games like Until Dawn, The Dark Pictures Anthology, and The Quarry. The debut trailer showed off plenty of, well, nightmare fuel, akin to the first two games, only this time it can all happen in two-player co-op. Maybe that will help reduce the terror, or maybe it'll make things worse when your co-op buddy gets dragged into the shadows.
The tendrils of PT's influence continue to reach out and touch new projects even today, nearly a full decade since the game's surprising debut. Luto is among the latest of the PT-likes, with a haunted house story that's very reminiscent of the once-planned Silent Hill sequel. I played the demo for this once myself and I'm eager to see more once I can.
Release date: February 22 | Platforms: PC, PS5
Take a little cosmic horror, a bit of management sim, and set it all in a jalopy embarking on a roguelite trek across the Pacific Northwest, and you have Pacific Drive. This is another that won me over with a demo session, thanks in part to the very hands-on gameplay that demands players maintain their vehicle's usefulness through a series of upgrades and maintenance mechanics as an oddly sci-fi dystopian world seeks to swallow them whole. The vibes are strong and the threats are real in this one.
This bodycam-presented haunted house story went viral on X/Twitter when its first gameplay footage was shown off, partly because it's one of a few different bodycam games that have displayed an incredible level of visual fidelity. We don't know a lot else about the game for now, which has led some to wonder if it's anything more than an eye-catching tech demo , but the developer says a full game is in the works. Its novel perspective could make it a trendsetter in the horror genre.
Release date: TBA | Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4
Not the first PT-inspired game on this list, Reveil mixes in a touch of creepy clowns and dark circus with the residential terrors of the PT-like subgenre. That difference could help set it apart from a crowded field of games that may at first resemble it quite closely. If you're down with the (creepy) clown, this could be one for you.
Release date: TBA | Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Routine was previously shown off during an Xbox Games Showcase, giving the indie sci-fi horror a sizable stage to make a good first impression. With a space setting similar to the Nostromo of Alien and No Code's Observation, this one should appeal to players who like slow-burning atmospheric horrors set far away from the safe haven of Earth.
Silent Hill 2 remake
Release date: 2024 | Platforms: PC, PS5
Silent Hill 2 is arguably the game with the most buzz around it, but that buzz has come in a few different varieties. After recent horror remakes have gone well, some players are eager for the next classic to be reborn in a modern context. Others have been dubious that Layers of Fear's Bloober Team is the right studio to reimagine such a classic. The stunning conclusion to this debate should come this year, as the game is pacing to launch before it's over.
Silent Hill F
Release date: TBA | Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X|S, PS5
For some Silent Hill fans, it's the oddly-titled Silent Hill F (stylized as Silent Hill f) that is actually the most exciting one. SHF is being made by a team in Japan that includes former Resident Evil devs, and given the series' lineage, it's this one--with its emphasis on music and curiously dark imagery--that has many fans most eager of all upcoming Silent Hill projects.
Silent Hill: Townfall
Release date: TBA | Platforms: TBA
And then there's this one, which comes from No Code, the team behind brilliant horror games Observation and Stories Untold. If those are any indication of what Townfall will be like, players can expect a non-traditional take on the horror hallmark, as the studio has done a lot with adventure-style gameplay that may ignore something like third-person character survival mechanics. But then again, we've seen almost none of it, so only time will tell.
Though it's not a Silent Hill game like the last three on this list, Slitterhead likely still appeals to the same fans, as it's got a vibe to it that's very reminiscent of early-aughts horror games where the ammo was scarce and the monsters were totally f***ed up. It also comes from Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama, so it's got a pedigree to it that most games can't boast.
Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl
Release date: 2024 | Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X|S
The much-anticipated post-apocalyptic wasteland horror-shooter has been delayed a few times due to the team's unfortunate displacement following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but through it all, the studio has led with a determined, at times even defiant, public image as it seeks to complete this major sequel to a game that fans of Metro 2033 shouldn't miss.
Still Wakes The Deep
Another indie horror shown off on a big Xbox stage last year, Still Wakes The Deep comes from the team behind Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (pretty creepy) and Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (not a horror game, but still kind of creepy). For this next game, something weird is going on aboard an oil rig in Scotland during Christmas of 1975, which makes for a novel setting for a scary story. At sea, can anyone hear you scream?
The Casting of Frank Stone
At the time of writing this, Frank Stone is one of the newest game reveals on this list--it's actually the newest of them all if you don't count the next one below. So there's not a lot we know for sure, other than it takes place within the wider Dead By Daylight universe. However, it comes from Supermassive, so it seems like it could be done in the vein of Until Dawn or another of the team's narrative horror games.
The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered
Release date: January 19 | Platforms: PS5
The Last of Us is now a series with two entries and three remasters, which definitely comes off as odd, but if you somehow missed one of 2020's best games, or are itching to return to it, this PS5-only remaster has a lot to offer, including updated visuals, a new roguelite mode called No Return, and more. If you already own the game on PS4, you can upgrade to this version for $10, too.
The Outlast Trials
Release date: March 5 | Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X|S, PS5
The 1.0 launch of the first-ever Outlast multiplayer game coincides with its port to consoles later this year, which should give many more players a chance to see the nauseatingly terrifying series in a whole new light. I played this one for some hours last year during early access, but I'd like to get more time with it to see how I really feel about it--something I intend to do just as soon as I round up three others brave enough to join.
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