Strap in for the intensive backstory on Google’s newest playable Halloween Doodle, which has a historical past stretching all the way in which 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 college and her classmates in opposition to a sequence of ghosts taking up the lecture rooms and kitchen. In that recreation, you combat ghosts in by drawing the symbols above their heads, which interprets to Momo waving her wand within the applicable gesture and firing off an anti-ghost spell. Momo is silent (is sensible, since cats don’t discuss), however she’s nonetheless a charismatic character who faces her spirit adversaries with a grim little frown of willpower, and celebrates each accomplished stage with a cocky little wand-twirl and wink.
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 defend and a sprig assault to exchange the lightning bolt you in all probability wouldn’t need to use underwater. However largely, the one modifications are the setting, and a cat-fish captain ally who sails you into darkish waters.
Nonetheless, for these of us who replayed the 2016 recreation, the 2020 sequel is a stunning little Halloween deal with. Google introduced Momo again in 2017 for a little bit quick movie a few lonely ghost in search of her friendship. However whereas 2018’s spirit-collector Doodle recreation 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 value trying out Google’s posts concerning the Doodles, which embrace 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 useless. Connecting soup to Halloween proved too summary, so the staff shifted to the concept of a wizard college. This opened the door to a extra sturdy world full of fascinating characters and paw-some themes.