Halloween Google Doodle Brings Back Momo For New Magic Cat Academy Game

Google Doodle has brought back Momo for a new Magic Cat Academy game to mark Halloween this year.

The game, which has replaced Google's normal logo on the homepage, is a throwback to Halloween in 2016, when the fearless feline helped to defend the Magic Cat Academy from a horde of invading phantoms.

Now, Momo must venture deep underwater to defend some new friends from the Big Boss ghost and its school of ghouls.

Creators of the Google Doodle said: "This Halloween, we're picking up right where our 2016 Magic Cat Academy Doodle left off with a subaquatic shriek-quel!

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Momo the Cat has returned to be this year's Halloween Google Doodle Google

"Dive in with Momo the cat to help new friends and reach new depths in her adventure against the Big Boss ghost and its school of ghouls...underwater.

"Feline lucky? Swim and swipe to PURR-tect the ocean and its creatures before it's too late!"

When users first click play, they are treated to an introductory animation of the adorable Momo cat fighting off ghosts and adversaries.

Then they discover that she has plunged into the sea, where she is immediately attacked by ghosts with symbols hovering over their heads.

Players must help Momo strike them with her wand by drawing the symbols with their cursor before the ghosts get to her.

There is then the added challenge of multiple ghosts descending upon Momo at once so the player must quickly draw several symbols to protect her.

The game has four levels which get progressively harder as Momo dives deeper into the ocean.

Players start with five lifelines, marked by hearts in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Every time a fish touches Momo, she loses a heart and the game ends if they're all lost.

But the good news is, players can earn back hearts by picking up other shapes that may be of value on the way.

The Doodle is available to play in countries across the world, including the U.S., UK, Chile, Russia, Australia, Thailand and Scandinavia among others.

How the levels unfold

The first level is called the sunlight stage, being the closest to the ocean's surface, Google's blog about the game says.

It features the Immortal Jellyfish, which can revert back to the polyp stage when it nears death, starting its life cycle all over again.

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The cat must fight off ghosts and jellyfish to help out new friends. Google

Level two takes the players deeper into the sea to the Twilight Zone, where Momo encounters an aquatic foe known as Boops, who has "large, buggy eyes", as Google describes.

By level three, players have reached, the Midnight Zone where Momo must fight the Vampire Squid. It has no teeth and doesn't hunt prey, instead living off small, organic material that falls to the ocean bottom known as "marine snow."

The fourth and final test is The Abyss, where Momo must face the Anglerfish, which uses its esca, or modified fin ray that can illuminate in the dark waters because of bacteria, to lure in its prey.

Who is Momo the Cat?

Momo the Cat was first introduced as a Google Doodle for Halloween in 2016.

The spooky cat appeared on the homepage with its wand raised, ready to go head to head with evil ghosts.

The game was inspired by Google Doodler Juliana Chen's black cat named Momo. In the Doodle, Momo's friends include a dog, a frog, a pumpkin, and an owl.

On June 5 this year, Momo returned to our screens with a redesigned game for the Stay and Play at Home series that was introduced during worldwide coronavirus lockdowns.

The first O in Google was dressed as the cat uses a magic wand to make the second O, which is dressed as a ghost, disappear.

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Defend the Magic Cat Academy from ghosts in today's popular Google Doodle game. Google Doodle

The Google Doodle was captioned: "As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people and families everywhere are spending more time at home. In light of this, we're launching a throwback Doodle series looking back at some of our popular interactive Google Doodle games!

"Stay and play at home with today's featured throwback: Our 2016 Doodle game celebrating Halloween!"

The team behind the Halloween Google Doodle said: "Doodling for a whole Doodle game was very exciting for us. We had so many ideas for elaborate symbols to draw, like a witch's hat that would appear on the character's head after it was drawn!

"In the end, we decided that for a short game against the clock, simple was better. Plans like the 'Eiffel Tower spell' were abandoned, and similarly, gag spells didn't make the cut. Regardless, we loved the process of dreaming up the possibilities."

The Google's Stay and Play at Home series began on April 27 and ran for to weeks. Each day, Google posted a popular Google Doodle game from its archive.