Most popular google doodle games - The 13 best from baseball to cricket to Pac-Man

Lockdown again start, Google wants to help cure your boredom with its most popular doodle games

 


As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people and families everywhere are spending more time at home. In light of this, we’re launching a throwback Doodle series looking back at some of our popular interactive Google Doodle games!


 

The 13 best Google Doodle games, ranked


1. The Scoville Game
2. Basketball
3. Soccer
4. Rubik’s Cube
5. Rabbit
6. Hip Hop
7. Quick, Draw!
8. Pac-Man
9. Garden Gnome
10.Halloween 2016 — Magic Cat Academy
11. Cricket
12. Baseball





Right now, so many of us around the world are stuck at home, eager for a way to fill the time. For two weeks, Google is going to do its part to help cure your boredom by showcasing a popular game from a past Doodle every day.


Over the years, Google has featured an impressive number of games and minigames on its homepage, all of which have been carefully preserved and archived on the Google Doodle Blog. Starting April 27 and running for two weeks, Google is launching a new series of ten Doodles, each one a callback to one of the company’s popular games.
The Google Doodle is a work of art, sometimes interactive, and many times, informative (you find out who the Doodle is dedicated to).
And on occasion, Doodles have given us some simple but always-entertaining video games that have taken up hours — yes, for some of us, hours — of time. For this story, I did the hard work of re-trying them and some may have taken up a lot more time than others.
Let’s look back at the best of the best. I guarantee you’re going to play a bunch of these again to pass some time and remember how good they are:

13. The Scoville Game

Your ice cream tries to defeat some super spicy peppers. I did learn about Wilbur Scoville while playing it, but it’s not the best of the lot.

12. Basketball

Frustrating at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s fun.

11. Soccer

You’re a goaltender trying to stop some kicks. Not bad!

9. Rubik’s Cube

If you never solved one, now’s your chance to do it virtually.

8. Coding Rabbit

Fun for kids who like to code and a challenge for adults, too.

7. Hip Hop

I remember people making some amazing beats with this one in 2017.

6. Quick, Draw!  

Underrated! You have 20 seconds to draw something a neural network then guesses. And they usually get it right, which is pretty incredible.

5. Pac-Man
4. Garden Gnome
3. Halloween 2016 — Magic Cat Academy

A classic.

Remember that old game where you had to make a penguin go super far in the snow? It’s the same idea where you launch a gnome and see how far it’ll go. I hadn’t played this one until researching this post and I then wasted an hour one night playing.

Or the “cat with a magic wand” game where you swipe certain ways to defeat some ghosts. Intense.

Google’s most popular Doodle games

April 27: The first day’s featured popular Google Doodle game, “Coding for Carrots,” dates back to 2017, and originally celebrated the 50th anniversary of Logo, the first-ever programming language designed for use by children. In the game, you’ll create simple combinations of commands that will tell your rabbit how to collect the carrots on each level. If you or your children are particularly interested in today’s throwback Doodle, consider introducing them to Scratch, a kid-oriented programming language that the game is loosely based on.

April 28: For day two, we’re going to be treated to a Doodle that celebrated the ICC Championships Trophy 2017 by letting you play cricket as a cricket. Speaking from a few minutes of experience, this game is ridiculously fun and I can see why it’s one of Google’s most popular, despite never being shown in the US. The experience is reminiscent of home run derby mode in Wii Sports.

April 29: Day three brings us something that is less of a game and more of an experience. Celebrating the 117th birthday of Oskar Fischinger, this Doodle gives you a simple and fun way to create music with incredible accompanying visuals. There are quite a few settings to tweak and play with to create the sounds you’re looking for, making for something you can spend many, many hours enjoying and mastering.

April 30: Where the previous Google Doodle offered in-depth controls to help create your unique sounds, day four’s popular game offers a chance to easily play a song on a signature instrument from the 1930s, Clara Rockwell’s theremin. By moving your mouse or finger over the notes, you can perform your own masterpiece on the theremin, which was a precursor to today’s electronic instruments. Once you get the hang of it, be sure to click the gear button to find some more controls for the instrument’s sound.

May 1: Breaking away from the music-themed Google Doodles, Friday’s throwback brings us an absolutely fantastic game in the ever-popular genre of catapult games. Originally celebrating garden gnomes for Garden Day 2018 (a German holiday), this game is an absolute blast that lets you use a trebuchet to fling a gnome hundreds of meters, bouncing on clouds, mushrooms, and logs along the way.

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