Google Doodles we’re first introduced in August 1998, and are still a regular feature on Google’s home page. During the last thirteen years some doodles have made their mark more than others, especially the interactive ones.
The Google Doodle artists have created more than seven hundred works of art; let’s take a look at ten of the most interactive Google Doodles:
Guitar inventor, Les Paul
Quite possibly one of the best interactive Google Doodles we have seen so far. Honouring, what would have been, the ninety sixth birthday of the late Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss), who passed away in 2009. This particular one allows you to play and record the interactive guitar and proved so popular that Google decided to leave it up for an extra day in the US.
Featured on Google from 24th December 2010 for two and a half days, this doodle took five artists, including Michael Lopez, who contributed five of the seventeen images, six months and two hundred and fifty hours to piece together.
Featured on Google on September 7th 2010 this Google Doodle was created using the new HTML 5 markup and throws the balls around the screen whenever you drag your mouse over the logo. Although not obvious, this doodle was intended to represent ‘Google Instant’ and is a great example of what HTML 5 is capable of.
Pac-Man 30th Anniversary
This Pac-Man doodle joins the Les Paul doodle as being the most distracting of all the Google Doodle’s so far. Take yourself back in time and have a bash at one of the most memorable arcade games ever, eat the dots and avoid the ghosts for hours of very cool, but distracting fun.
Author of ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’, this Google doodle celebrates his birthday, 183 years ago on February 8th. The doodle, created by Jennifer Hom and inspired by the famous novel was turned into an interactive Google submarine which you can control using a little joystick.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Buckyballs on September 4th 2010, also known as Fullerene, which is the name given to carbon molecules that form a hollow sphere in the shape of a football, hence the name ‘Buckyballs’. When you drag your mouse over the Buckyball it spins the ball in the direction of your cursor.
This tranquil scene was featured on Google on 22nd April 2011 and was in celebration of the 41st annual Earth Day. The animals in the scene can be brought to life by hovering your mouse cursor over them, as can the waterfall, which continues to run until you leave the page.
Celebrating, what would have been, Charlie Chaplains 122nd birthday, this Google Doodle features a short black and white, silent comedy sketch which includes several references to Google.
First Human Spaceflight
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first ever human spaceflight and probably the least interactive Google Doodle on this list. Hover your mouse over the space shuttle and watch it take off.
Worlds First Fair
Another example of how to create something cool, and interactive, using HTML 5. This Google Doodle celebrates the 160th anniversary of the first world fair and features a draggable magnifying glass, allowing you to take in the attention to detail.