A feline-themed Olympics game on the homepage of Google? You bet your cat there is.
Coinciding with Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremonies on July 23, 2021, the “Doodle Champion Island Games” have officially begun. Developed by Google and Tokyo animation team STUDIO 4°C (which handled the cutscenes and character creation), the free-to-play title is available on the front page of Google. Players take on the role of “Calico (C)athlete” Lucky, a cat who tests her skills in a mythical take on the Olympic Games.
Players the world over can compete on one of four teams for the top spot on the leaderboard by playing sport-themed mini-games in a campy RPG landscape. The sports included are marathon, climbing, rugby, artistic swimming, skateboarding, table tennis, and archery. It’s up to Lucky to take on animal opponents, complete side quests, and collect seven sacred scrolls.
Players have already had a blast diving into the many small details hidden in “Doodle Champion Island Games,” but what’s the story behind its creation? And what makes it so unique?