Stanislaw Lem Google Doodle: Did you complete the game?

By Alan Ng - Nov 23, 2011

Google are back with another fantastic animated Doodle, and this is quite possibly the most interactive one yet, letting users join in on the fun in a lengthy brain teasing exercise. It’s all in aid of the 60th anniversary of Stanislaw Lem, one of the best Sci-Fi authors to date.

If you are a fan of Sci-Fi novels, you’ll have probably read Solaris, which is arguably Stanislaw Lem’s finest book, although you may be familiar with some of his other books such as His Master’s Voice and Fiasco.

We’re going to focus on the Google Doodle as always though, and what a treat Google has provided everyone. Unlike their standard animation doodles (check out their Halloween one here), this one is highly interactive and it allows the user to participate in a series of games using an animated character that bears a resemblance to Stanislaw Lem.

Games include tapping digits into a giant robot’s calculator body, with the user having to alter the layout of certain digit patterns in order to get the correct math code, since the robot makes life difficult for you. Next you’ll have to allign the correct frequency patterns that you see moving across the screen, by using the buttons and arrows to select the right pattern. Each time more buttons are required to match the pattern, as you’ll see in an example below.

Finally, you just have to fire off the rocket so that the little character lands on the moving cube across the screen and once you’ve done this step, you’ll get the final piece needed to reinsert the head of another peculiar character, and pressing the button one last time will start an explosion and redirect you to the Stanislaw Lem Google search results page where you can view his Wikipedia page for further information.

As far as we’re aware, we haven’t seen such an interactive homepage game from Google before, one which requires users to think a bit. The Pacman Doodle was great of course, but this just might be a close contender for the best Doodle yet. You can check out the design for yourself now, providing that your time zone has already reached November 23. For those of you that can see, what are your thoughts on Google’s design – did you play the game till the end?

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  • Beatrix82

    can you find it to play anywhere now???

  • Manuel

    Yes, I did solve that little intuitive tricky ‘doodle’ and had a very  pleasant few minutes (I am not to say seconds.’cause I did not measuring time). Groks to you.

  • Ronaldo_7

    the game fugly

  • stephen Willingham

    i thought it was great! i enjoyed playing with it, and it was different.

    • Jim_2007

      oh really

  • John

    I finished this fun google doodle it was fun

    • Jim_2007

      you skum of the earth dont comment u fugly too

  • Carby0

    Its hard not to play something as fun as this

  • Stuart Clark

    Absolutely loved this one! I had plenty of work today but this kept me distracted for a little while 😉

  • Maze

    Keep them coming “Ace”

  • Jim_2007

    p.s everyone below is ugly..

  • Jim_2007

    it was stupid and boring a utter waste of time i have work to do but got distracted by that stupid google game

  • lembi

    Finished it, loved it, forgot what i wanted to search for. Excellent work Google

  • Alochhead2004

    Distracted me from my work for 10 mins but enjoyed the challenge! More please !

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  • Jojo

    Sheer brilliance, love guessing what you had to do it complete the puzzle.

  • Rufus Magnus

    Hellfire… what was it I was gonna google for? Finished the little game, though.

  • Tim

    Absolutly fantastic, i loved it. Lets have some more PLEASE

  • mrembroiderer

    Ha Ha Brilliant!

  • Ellen

    I did play to the end – I love a puzzle – & a great way to warm the brain up first thing!! It was intuitive too – nearly as much fun working out what was wanted as actually doing it and all the time wondering – why???? Loved it :-)

    • Tomasz Smolinski

      This Doodle based on one of Lem’s short stories, published in ‘Cyberiada’. The last machine has been designed to create things starting with N letter – and one of the creators asked the robot to do NOTHING. So it did.

  • TheLeazesEnd

    ecellent. certainly perked me up on arriving at work. gotta work now. yawn.

  • Dr_sjtodd

    yup and now i’ve completely forgotten what I came on here for… :-)

  • Nickky1961

    this was fantastic it was the coolest yet

  • Tellin71

    brilliant! and I completed the game quite quickly too! 

  • Alison

    Loved it, done in no time, just wished there was a little sound xx thanks google

  • angryangryowl

    Brilliant. Such a lovely way to start the day

  • Luciadelion

    anything to postpone the weekly shop. Brilliant.

  • Nigel Peacock

    Millions of hours of productive work will be lost today! Good fun though…

  • Chrissyw

    That was brilliant … lots of work in that small animation..x

  • Steve Allen

    I did and now I can remember what I was looking for in the first place, oh well… 

  • Evitagonzalez

    I played until the end. Great fun and in work time. Awesome!

  • Synonymofcynicism

    google is performing basic psychometric testing on users i’m betting. Nice doodle, lovely little game, worried about there being more orwell than lem in that doodle… 

  • Chris

    Really enjoyed this. Fun, quirky and totally unexpected!

  • Khrusos

    Yes – it’s lovely and I felt like a child doing it, while wondering the entire time why it seemed so familiar. Laughed out loud at the end, but still didn’t realise it was in honour of Lem until I read it.

  • Wellscuk

    Terrific – hope to see more of these!!

  • Vanniella

    I did, til the very end [thanks for spoiling for others 😉 ] and it was A-W-E-S-O-M-E!! BEST DOODLE SO FAR!! :-)

  • Magrita

    amazing, thank you

  • Deanomaster2

    That was very good thanks for entertaining my morning Google!!! :-)

  • Rob Kay

    Nice start to my day, woke me up and got the grey cells going over my first coffee!

  • Mark

    Good start to the day – missed the game first time. First time I have ever seen the google home page completely blank!!

  • Geoff

    Great unexpected fun

  • Jackibedford

    Brilliant, a nice start to my day. Yes I forgot what I wanted to Google as well.

  • Jinxter666

    Loved the artwork, enjoyed the game.  More please!
    Original version of Solaris (Russian) is one of my favourite SF films.
    Thanks Google!

  • Me


  • SSLondon

    yep, takes several minutes to get right until the end then had a surreal encounter with the letter N….. great doodle.

  • Blue

    I forgot what I wanted to google, thanks!

  • Rebecca Carter1

    absolutly brilliant

  • Muzzy

    Nice one :) got straight away and up to the end xD
    Proud to be Lem’s country m8.
    P.S. Read back in school 😉

  • Tina Hoy

    I love the Google Doodles – this by far has to be the best. 

  • Kate

    GENIUS!! Absolutely loved it!

  • meg2007

    Superb, had to get to the end once started, thanks Google and Mr Lem.

  • Norman Rodger

    Luckily I got into work early – it takes a while!

  • Pete

    wow –  that’s a fun way to wake up !!!

  • Sanj kuruppu

    good brain exercise well done