Google is offering a new doodle game to celebrate the Halloween spirit. The company is treating its searchers with the Magic Cat Academy game.
According to Google's post, the game was inspired by a real-life black cat named Momo. The cat is the pet of Doodler Julian Chen.
Google said it seemed like a good opportunity for a cat hero. Last year's doodle game was named Candy Cup and it involved the Yellow Witch and her black cat.
The game centers on Momo who accidentally summons an evil spirit that stole their school's master spellbook. You help Momo vanquish the evil spirits invading their school by controlling her magical powers by swiping the cursor horizontally, vertically or other patterns to cast spells.
The game has five levels, each taking place in a school environment. The five levels are the library, the cafeteria, the classroom, the gym and the building's rooftop.
The game was originally supposed to be about a magical cat making a soup that is so good it can raise the dead. However, Google had a hard time connecting the soup concept to Halloween so they shifted the idea to a wizard school.
"We had so many ideas for elaborate symbols to draw, like a witch's hat that would appear on the character's head after it was drawn," Google said. "In the end, we decided that for a short game against the clock, simple was better."
Google adds that they had to scrap several spells like the "Eiffel Tower Spell" and other similar gag spells. Regardless, the team still enjoyed the process of "dreaming up the possibilities."
The Verge said that the Magic Cat Academy is a clever game, as users follow the symbols that are on top of the spirits to be able to cast them away. The symbols become more complicated as the players move forward in each level.
It's a great game that is cute to play in a browser. However, the game also seems to be suited more to other mediums, such as VR.