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Stanislaw Lem Google Doodle: Did you complete the game?

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?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Beatrix82
Beatrix82

can you find it to play anywhere now???

Manuel
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
Ronaldo_7

the game fugly

stephen Willingham
stephen Willingham

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

John
John

I finished this fun google doodle it was fun

Carby0
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
Maze

Keep them coming “Ace”

Jim_2007
Jim_2007

p.s everyone below is ugly..

Jim_2007
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
lembi

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

Alochhead2004
Alochhead2004

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

Peter Keeble

Awesome….

Jojo
Jojo

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

Rufus Magnus
Rufus Magnus

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

Ellen
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 🙂

mrembroiderer
mrembroiderer

Ha Ha Brilliant!

Tim
Tim

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

TheLeazesEnd
TheLeazesEnd

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

Dr_sjtodd
Dr_sjtodd

yup and now i’ve completely forgotten what I came on here for… 🙂

Nickky1961
Nickky1961

this was fantastic it was the coolest yet

Tellin71
Tellin71

brilliant! and I completed the game quite quickly too! 

Alison
Alison

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

angryangryowl
angryangryowl

Brilliant. Such a lovely way to start the day

Luciadelion
Luciadelion

anything to postpone the weekly shop. Brilliant.

Nigel Peacock

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

Chrissyw
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
Evitagonzalez

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

Synonymofcynicism
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
Chris

Really enjoyed this. Fun, quirky and totally unexpected!

Khrusos
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
Wellscuk

Terrific – hope to see more of these!!

Vanniella
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
Magrita

amazing, thank you

Deanomaster2
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
Mark

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

Geoff
Geoff

Great unexpected fun

Jackibedford
Jackibedford

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

Jinxter666
Jinxter666

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

Me

excellent!

SSLondon
SSLondon

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

Blue
Blue

I forgot what I wanted to google, thanks!

Rebecca Carter1
Rebecca Carter1

absolutly brilliant

Muzzy
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
Tina Hoy

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

Kate

GENIUS!! Absolutely loved it!

meg2007
meg2007

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

Norman Rodger
Norman Rodger

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

Pete
Pete

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

Sanj kuruppu
Sanj kuruppu

good brain exercise well done

Jonathon
Jonathon

I really enjoyed that, a good start to the day for me, finished it eventually after 3 attempts

alex
alex

cool 😉

Lauren Hiles

…and done!

Shirleycraven
Shirleycraven

Thought I did ok as I’m a lil mature and don’t do games but started something I couldn’t stop! 🙂 Better get back to business now

MarkL
MarkL

Very refreshing. Well done to the animators! Mark L

Mollygfarmer
Mollygfarmer

Completed it….. now im late for work! 🙂

Ben
Ben

What a nice way to start  a gloomy Wednesday morning. Thanks

Clare&Ethan
Clare&Ethan

We loved this doodle! A great brain starter before my 9 year old son goes to school! Thanks Google!

eddie o connor
eddie o connor

too busy working….NOT

Justin McGrath
Justin McGrath

A doodle from google….should it be called for ever more a doogle….??

Amanda
Amanda

Never paid any attention to Google Doodles before – found myself clicking on it and completed the task – great fun.  Thanks

7litrebig
7litrebig

Awesome!  A great start to my day!

Rachel
Rachel

Brilliant doodle, very absorbing.

Who Dares Wears

Google have done it again – great idea and fun although didnt get much work done playing it ha ha

Deborahg132
Deborahg132

coffee and a game great way to start the day

Pjdyde
Pjdyde

There will be a lot of lost work hours today with “nothing” being done

Coyotus9
Coyotus9

Completed! Nice way to wake up 🙂

TomD
TomD

Yep managed to do it. But found the second one quite hard. Could not discern a pattern so only succeeded through trial and error. Good fun though

Ssb
Ssb

Yes, completed it, took around 5 minutes.  Good brain exercise.

misty3872
misty3872

I played it until the end. It was fantastic!! Even without instructions or any idea what it was it was intuitive and a great way to spend ten or so minutes. My favourite task was the third one. I’m now going to get some of this author’s books. 

Ceej1963
Ceej1963

yes, excellent 🙂

Iain Taylor
Iain Taylor

I too forgot what I was searching for in the first place. Great doodle.

Sazmcd
Sazmcd

Just completed it – should have been working but couldn’t leave it once I’d clicked…!! Great – so creative 🙂

Colin
Colin

Yes, I played to the end and enjoyed it. Thanks Google and thanks to Mr lem, too!

Taylorwoodspa
Taylorwoodspa

Good fun – Certainly woke me up with a smile!

Neil Piddock

completed…fantastic doodle from google!

MamaC
MamaC

Brilliant way to start the day – loved it!

Doctorfeck
Doctorfeck

Brilliant! Well done Google.

Eily B
Eily B

Liked it!

Rumaysa Hassan Khan
Rumaysa Hassan Khan

google is amazing.. it always manages to surprise me with its doodles !! keep it up!!! simply the best

Theskibob
Theskibob

Looks damn like a Stanerwocky to me!

Trevor Northcott
Trevor Northcott

Yep, just completed it …. there’s “NOTHING” to it !!!

Roy
Roy

yes completed it, fantastic way to start work! better get on with something else now.

Tintinrob
Tintinrob

Hey yes! -completed it, took a good 10 minutes. How long would a machine have taken to suss out what was wanted at each stage, though? Would make a good captcha – “yes we think you are human, now you can create your email account…” Or… “sorry you can’t create your email account as you’ve just thrown yr laptop out the window!”

Adrian Jukes
Adrian Jukes

Ade From Grade
Did it Ok – Quite fun and gets brain working early in morning

Lois
Lois

Excellent. I was so absorbed, I forgot why I Googled!

Andrew Ralphs

loved it

Dav
Dav

Played to the end. Fantastic.

R Parker790
R Parker790

Being retired and having no need to rush off and complete my cpomputer chores in a hurry it was a delight to be challenged by the cartoon this mornng. What a very clever piece of work. Thank you. Claire

Sarajo20
Sarajo20

Brilliant start to the day!  

Phil Dore
Phil Dore

My fine tea will be stewed.

Gary se
Gary se

excellent doodle game ..lots of fun ..more please

Marion
Marion

Fantastic!
I can’t wait to show the kids at school (Herringham Primary)

Well Done!

Kelvin Belcher
Kelvin Belcher

Fantastic well done

Clifford Lord
Clifford Lord

Good Doodle, bet nobody started work on time!

guest
guest

Made me late for work!

Andy Cippico
Andy Cippico

Inspired! Thank you!

Carousel_kids

I did and what fun it was! I got stuck on the alignment of the frequency patterns but my husband helped me out. I’d be toast if it wasn’t his day off! 😀

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