This year’s Halloween Google Doodle is the first multiplayer game venture Google has undertaken. Picture: Google
This year’s Halloween Google Doodle is the first multiplayer game venture Google has undertaken. Picture: Google

Google launches Halloween game

ANYONE headed to Google today will find a treat - not a trick - instead of the usual search engine layout. For the 2018 Halloween Google Doodle, Google has reached an impressive milestone - launching its first multiplayer game The Great Ghoul Duel.

If you're easily distracted, or prone to procrastination, you should avoid Google for the next 24 hours because this game is highly addictive.

The aim of The Great Ghoul Duel is quite simple. Players navigate a creepy-themed landscape, hunting down wandering spirit flames to deposit in their respective zone. Whichever team of four collects the most flames in the allotted time wins. Beware though, players are able to steal flames from each other making for fierce competition.

Google’s Halloween game allows players to traverse a ghostly environment in search of collectable flames.
Google’s Halloween game allows players to traverse a ghostly environment in search of collectable flames.

The Great Ghoul Duel invites players around the world to join either the purple or green team and compete to beat one another. Better still, players are able to create customised games.

"In a Doodle first, players can choose to host a game with up to seven friends and family via a custom invitation link or just play with randomised players around the globe," the Google Doodle Team announced in a blog post.

The Great Ghoul Duel allows players to explore several different maps as one of eight different characters and achieve game bonuses such as speed boosts, flame magnetism and night vision.

There's a learning curve to the game, but once you've mastered the skill of navigating the mazelike terrain and pocketing ghostly flames, you'll be well on your way to taking out first place.

On your marks. Get set. Ghoul.


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