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Popular Google Doodle Games: how to play the best free games in the search engine’s history in coronavirus lockdown

This week a Google Doodle allows users to pass the time with a rudimentary catapult game, we could all use a distraction right now, and today’s sees you attempt to fling garden gnomes as far as you can.

The game – which first appeared in 2018 – is basic stuff; you tap the space bar once to get the catapult contraption moving, then tap it again at just the right moment to fire your gnome as far as you can.

As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people and families everywhere are spending more time at home. In light of this, we’re launching a throwback Doodle series looking back at some of our popular interactive Google Doodle games!

The game starts with a short history lesson about garden gnomes and their origin. While gnome figures first appeared in 13th-century Anatolia and re-emerged in 16th-century Italy, garden gnomes were first made in 19th-century Germany.

In Thuringia, craftsmen would build garden gnomes by hand before using them to make molds. Garden gnomes were then made from the molds, out of clay, before being hardened in a kiln. They were then painted and sold to protect gardens.

Over the years, Google has featured an impressive number of games and minigames on its homepage, all of which have been carefully preserved and archived on the Google Doodle Blog. Starting April 27 and running for two weeks, Google is launching a new series of ten Doodles, each one a callback to one of the company’s popular games.

Joining the crickets in the outdoors-themed games are garden gnomes, who originally appeared in 2018 in a game that aimed both to celebrate the history of Germany’s craftspeople and also allow players to throw clay models out of a trebuchet. That game was originally created in summer 2018.

New updates will arrive each day through the period. Google hasn’t revealed what they are, but is teasing them in a special part of its webpage.

The games can be found by simple heading to Google’s homepage, or searching “popular google doodle games” from the browser.

The series is being run to allow people to have something to do while they stay at home through the coronavirus lockdown.

“As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people and families everywhere are spending more time at home,” a post from Google on its Doodle blog explained. ”In light of this, we’re launching a throwback Doodle series looking back at some of our popular interactive Google Doodle games!”

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