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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, pretty much the entire world is asked to stay at home. However, doing that is easier said than done. In order to help us out, companies are chipping in to make out isolation a bit more bearable. Google is also chipping in by revisiting some classic interactive doodles from the past. Called ‘Stay and play at home,’ these doodles are designed to keep people entertained during their isolation, while also offering a bit of a break for those working from home.
The theme for today’s doodle is Loteria, which was used back on December 19, 2019 (which already feels like it was aeons ago). The game is very similar to Bingo or Tambola, but with a Mexican flavour. Each player gets a board or a table that’s divided into segments, each with various pictures. A designated announcer draws a random card and anyone with that picture has to mark it with a bean. Before each game begins, a winning pattern is decided. Players need to match the winning pattern with their board. The first one to match the pattern has to exclaim ‘Loteria’, or in this case, click a button.
“Today, Lotería’s iconic imagery and the shared experience it fosters across people of any generation has become a source of pride and celebration for Mexican culture. Whether you play today with your familia or a new amig@ around the world, we hope today’s Doodle inspires fun, curiosity, and a healthy dose of competencia,” writes Perla Campos, Global Marketing Lead, Google Doodle.
While the game is pretty much like Bingo, the use of colourful Mexican art style combined with traditional Mariachi music add a party atmosphere like no other, The Google Doodle version of the game can be played with random strangers or you can invite friends. To play Loteria, head over to the Google Search home page.
You can learn more about Loteria in the video below: