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A screenshot of the ‘Coding for Carrots’ Doodle

These Google Doodle games could cure your lockdown boredom

By
Huw Oliver
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Google is an expert in helping us kill time. Ask it whatever you want and it’ll come back with an answer. And even when you’re out of questions, still it delivers plentiful distractions. From today, it is resurrecting an array of popular – and incredibly fun – Doodle games that have transformed the homepage in recent years.

Every so often, the search engine marks a notable event or celebration with dedicated graphics, and on rarer occasions, accompany games called Doodles. Now, for the next two weeks, it is bringing back ten of the most popular – starting with 2017’s ‘Coding for Carrots’, which originally celebrated the 50th anniversary of Logo, the first programming language designed for children.

This kid-friendly game allows you to control a rabbit and help it collect carrots. You simply press play on the Doodle, then drag and drop your commands. Loosely based on the basic programming language Scratch, the game was designed for one player, but other releases over the next fortnight promise to include multiplayer support – either with friends or randomers online.

Each will reappear for one day at a time, and though Google has yet to announce its programme, we have our fingers crossed for a return of its Pac-Man and Rubik’s Cube classics. Game on!

Check out a full-screen version of ‘Coding for Carrots’ here.

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