For Halloween, Google scares up its first multiplayer Doodle game – CNET


Google’s Great Ghoul Duel lets you form teams with friends and family or play with random strangers around the world.


Google has another Halloween treat for fans of its Doodle games — its first ever multiplayer game.

Two years ago, Google captivated Doodle players with a game featuring an adorable black cat with magic powers that races the clock to save its school from a horde of invading spirits. This year’s Great Ghoul Duel takes things up a notch by letting you form two teams of four ghosts to collect as many wandering spirit flames as possible and return them to your home base within two minutes.

The team that collects the most spirit flames wins, but beware: Teams can steal flames from each other as they try to deposit them at their home base. Ghosts that collect the most spirit flames will also unlock special powers, such as speed boosts and night vision.

Players can invite seven friends or family members to play the game via a custom link, or play random strangers around the world.

Several systems that run on the Google Cloud Platform made Google’s first multiplayer game possible. 

Before venturing in, though, a word of warning: If it’s like Google’s other Doodle games, it’ll likely be highly addicting. Make sure you have plenty of candy handy to sustain your strength.