Which Google Doodle games are back for lockdown?

It’s the fifth week of official lockdown, which means people are looking for new ways to keep themselves entertained – but the good news is that Google is doing its bit to help with boredom.

The search engine has dug into its archives to bring back its popular Google Doodle games – so people can play at home during the pandemic.

From time to time, Google changes its logo for notable events, celebrations and anniversaries, but (occasionally) these include interactive games called Doodles.

In a statement, Google said: ’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.’

When are the Google Doodle games available to play?

The search engine will be rolling out 10 games as part of the series – starting with 2017’s Coding for Carrots game, which involves completing steps to guide a rabbit to a carrot. This one launched yesterday, on Monday 27 April.

The Google Doodle cricket game is the second to be resurrected for 2020 and is available to play today, Tuesday 28 April. Players simply need to use their mouse and click the bat when they’re ready to hit the ball.

All games can be played on the Google Doodle website and each one will reappear for a day at a time.

The eight additional games are listed as ‘coming soon’ but many gaming fans are hoping for a return of Pac-Man and Rubik’s Cube.

Google has not yet confirmed which other games will return, so, watch this space…

What are the Google Doodle Sports games?

Over the years, Google has released a number of sports-themed games, like the cricket one – which was in honour of the ICC 2017 Cricket Women’s World Cup.

Similarly, to mark the 2016 Olympics, Google launched a series of mini-games where players were made to compete in sporting events as a piece of fruit.

The swimming and golf games proved particular favourites with fans, but gamers will have to wait and see if these Olympic mini games will be included in the 2020 revival.

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