Welcome to the Doodle Champion Island Games! Over the coming weeks, join calico (c)athlete Lucky as she explores Doodle Champion Island: a world filled with seven sport mini-games, legendary opponents, dozens of daring side quests, and a few new (and old ;)) friends. Her ultimate goal? Defeat each sport Champion to collect all seven sacred scrolls—and complete extra hidden challenges across Champion Island in the purrr-ocess.
Are you feline Lucky 😼 ? Click on today’s Doodle, join one of the four color teams to contribute to the real-time global leaderboard, and let the games begin!
Go behind-the-scenes of today’s interactive Doodle, made in partnership with Tokyo-based animation studio, STUDIO 4°C!
Come back tomorrow to keep up with Lucky, check the real-time team leaderboard standings, and watch the action unfold in the Doodle Champion Island Games!
Doodle Champion Island Purrr-sonalities
Your Calico (C)athlete: Lucky Compete in the Champion Island Games as Lucky—your new favorite feline.
Your Fur-midable Opponents: The Legendary Champions
Sport | Table Tennis Legendary Champion | Tengu Take a shot at table tennis against this mischievous bird of prey
Sport | Skateboarding Legendary Champion | Tanuki Show your gnarliest aerial moves to beat this shapeshifting trickster
Sport | Archery Legendary Champion | Yoichi Aim quickly and accurately to outscore this Samurai general and expert marksman
Sport | Rugby Legendary Champions | The Oni Dart, dip, and dodge these fearsome foes to reach your goal
The cutscene animations and characters for Doodle Champion Island Games were created by Tokyo, Japan-based animation studio, STUDIO4°C. Below they share their thoughts behind the making of this Doodle:
Q. Can you tell us about your creative process for adapting each of the characters in the Doodle?
First, we identified stories and folktales from all over the country with characters that are highly recognized. Next, we connected those folktales and characters with each of the sport events included in the game. In the design process, each event champion was selected from those unique stories. The team mascots and the characters in the city such as Kappa, Yatagarasu, lion dance, were also chosen as they are very well known across Japan. Each character’s design was based on their original story image, but then adapted for the game.
Q. What’s your team’s favorite aspect of the Doodle?
Lucky the Ninja Cat, who is both cool and cute, is definitely a favorite aspect!
We're pleased that we were able to allude to various stories from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south in the Doodle. Besides drawing inspiration from stories known across Japan, we also hoped to convey the rich and diverse natural beauty of the country, including underwater, sandy tropical beaches, forests, and snowy mountains.
Q: Does your team have any favorite characters or sports that appear in the Doodle?
Character: The stone guardians. They can be a bit scary given that they’re lions, but we love how charming they are in the game’s final design. We think the fact that they serve as gatekeepers in Japanese culture made it interesting to have them serve as guides in the game.
Sport: Table tennis! The combination of Tengu and table tennis is not something you'd find in the traditional folktale, but we think it was a fitting combination given the nature of the Tengu, who holds a fan and moves swiftly.
Q. What does your team hope people take away from this Doodle game?
First, we hope people enjoy the game and make it to the end! But also convey that by completing the mini games, Lucky brings happiness in the form of flowers and dangos…which will be a treat to everyone in the world! Also, only Champions know how hard Lucky worked. In other words, we want to convey that joy can result from the focus and hard work of every one of us, which is not always recognized by others.
We’re also hoping for a sanshoku dango (three colored dumplings) trend :)
THE DOODLE CHAMPION ISLAND GAMES TEAM
Nate Swinehart, Sophie Diao, Ben Tobias, Hélène Leroux
Mark Ivey, Eric Arnold, Daniel Dovali, David Lu, Audrey LoVan, Conner Lane, Jacob Katzeff, Jacob Howcroft, Kathy Lee, Stephanie Gu, Leah Sandacz, Jonathan Shneier