Google’s latest Doodle celebrates Halloween as a multiplayer game

Whee I'm a ghost

While the company has featured games on its homepage before, this is the first that actually lets you play against other random strangers around the world. It also represents another step by Google into the gaming world.

Powered by Google Cloud, the game is called the Great Ghost Duel and is the search engine giant's version of Trick-or-Treat.

'Today's annual Halloween Doodle marks a wickedly exciting milestone: our first-ever multiplayer interactive game Doodle, powered by Google Cloud!

Finally, Google wants to remind us that its image search is a great place to go for pumpkin carving inspiration.

At what point is a Google Doodle no longer a doodle?

Getting to grips with the game is relatively straightforward. After time's up, the team that has collected the most spirit flames wins.

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The spirit flames are located around several Halloween-themed maps that players navigate through using either a mouse or arrow keys. Hence, there's a nice sprinkling of mechanical tension between collecting as many spirits as you can before returning to your base, and avoiding having them cheekily swept up by an opponent. You also get a few for passing through a teammate. However, with that come risks.

However, other players can steal them from you if their ghost crosses your tail, so watch out.

Delivering spirit flames awards players with bonuses such as enhanced speed and night vision.

Players can take a tutorial to understand the game. Hosting gives you a special link you can share with friends so they can join your game.

Considering it's Google's first-ever multiplayer Doodle it's rather ambitious.

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