Marking Google's first-ever multiplayer interactive game Doodle, the Halloween game, called the Great Ghost Duel, pits users around the world against each other in two teams as they try to amass as many points as possible.
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To play the game, go to Google. Appearing on a (presumably haunted) server with random spectres from the Internet, you and your ghostly buddies must collect more spirits than the other team before the timer runs out. You can play it in your browser with mouse or keyboard controls, and it also works fine on mobile devices.
If this one is as addictive like its predecessor, it's probably best to avoid it during working hours - or just don't let your boss see you playing it.
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Games run for two minutes, and whichever team collects the most points wins.
The Great Ghoul Duel is a great little time-waster, and I mean that as a honest compliment. They form a long trail behind you and disappear when you bring them back to home base. "The team built several systems to enable this multiplayer gaming, all running on the Google Cloud Platform, including integrating Open Match, a highly-scalable, open source matchmaking framework cofounded by Google Cloud and Unity". Hosting gives you a special link you can share with friends so they can join your game.
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Today's Google Doodle multiplayer game is a first for the tech giant.