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Google’s Halloween Doodle is a competitive multiplayer game

Play The Great Ghoul Duel in your browser

Artwork of The Great Ghost Duel featuring a green ghost being chased by a purple ghost. Google
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The latest Google Doodle, the company’s stylized redesigns of the Google logo for its homepage, is a competitive multiplayer game. Titled The Great Ghoul Duel, it’s a capture-the-flag-style battle between eight players, and you can try it out in your browser.

The Great Ghoul Duel has players compete as two teams of four, each tasked with collecting spirit flames scattered around the map and returning them to their home base. Players can steal flames from their opponents if they haven’t been banked yet, and players who bring home a large number of flames will be granted power-ups like speed boost, magnetism and night vision. Matches are quick, lasting only two minutes. It’s simple, but stylish and fun.

The Great Ghoul Duel - collecting 14 flames Google
The Great Ghoul Duel - magnetism power-up Google

Google calls The Great Ghoul Duel its “first-ever multiplayer interactive game Doodle,” and is promoting its Google Cloud platform as the technology running it. Players can join games with random players or up to seven friends via an invitation link.

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