Olympics Google Doodle transforms into a fruity mobile game

5 Aug 2016

The Maracana stadium in Rio where the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games will be held

To mark the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio today (5 August), Google is launching the 2016 Doodle Fruit Games Day 1, a mobile game for Android and iOS.

Today’s Google Doodle appears on most web browsers around the world to celebrate the start of the Olympics in Rio and shows a video of Minion-like versions of Brazil’s main fruit exports, such as pineapples, bananas, watermelons, coconuts, and strawberries, engaged in all kinds of sporting battles, from running to tennis and cycling.

It brings you to Google’s main page for the Olympics, which gives you a load of useful information, such as upcoming fixtures and a dashboard that contains the schedule, different sports, information on various athletes, medals won and country profiles.

However, for mobile users, there is an extra treat in the form of a mobile game called the 2016 Doodle Fruit Games that sees the freshest fruit from Rio compete in a range of sports on a daily basis.

To play along, get the latest Google app on Android or iOS, and tap the Doodle. Learn more at g.co/fruit and let the games begin!

To get in the mood for the Olympics, check out these ways that technology has changed the Olympic Games.

Maracana Stadium Rio image by Marchello 74 via Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years