Learn about the extensive background knowledge of Google’s latest playable Halloween graffiti, which can be traced back to the long history before 2016.
You are a cat and you are also a guide. There are ghosts, you fight with magic.
Okay, it doesn’t actually take long.
This year’s Doodle is a direct sequel to the playable Magic Cat Academy Doodle in 2016, in which a little black cat named Momo is seen defending her school and her classmates to prevent a series of ghosts from occupying the classroom and kitchen. In this game, you fight the ghost by drawing symbols on top of the ghost’s head, which translates into Momo waving the wand with appropriate gestures and launching an anti-ghost spell. Momo is silent (it makes sense because the cat can’t speak), but she is still a very charming character, facing her opponent, frowning firmly and firmly, and using an arrogant wand-like Spin and blink to celebrate each level completed.
The new 2020 Doodle uses exactly the same mechanism and gestures. Only the environment has changed-after Momo defeated the magically enlarged boss ghost in 2016, it fell into the ocean and now has marine life, a volcano, and even water. The new version offers some slight twists-jellyfish shields and spray attacks to replace lightning you may not want to use underwater. But in most cases, the only change is the environment, and an ally of Captain Catfish will take you into the dark waters.
For those of us who replayed the 2016 game, the 2020 sequel is a cute little gift for Halloween. Google brought Momo back to a short film in 2017 about a lonely ghost seeking her friendship. But even though the 2018 Spirit Collector Doodle game was addictive, and the 2019 trick or treat advent calendar provided a lot of information, they abandoned Momo. It was great to get her back to action.
For lovers of these games, it’s worth checking out Google’s post on Doodles, which includes the honors of the development team, early gameplay, details about the real creatures that inspired this year’s opponents, and some interesting development notes:
The original concept of the game is that the soup made with a magic cat is really great, it brings the dead to life. It was too abstract to associate soup with Halloween, so the team turned to the idea of a wizard school. This opens the door to a more powerful world full of interesting characters and some paw themes.