Dumbest Google Doodle yet: the Olympic “fruit games”

There seem to be other Google Doodles celebrating the Olympic Games in Rio that begin today, but the one below is what I see in Poland (click on the screenshot to go to the long animation). The explanation:

Today marks the season opener of the Rio Olympics 2016 Doodle Fruit Games! For the next couple of weeks, we’ll journey to an otherwise unassuming fruit stand in Rio, where produce from all over the market competes for the title of freshest fruit. To play along, get the latest Google app on Android or iOS, and tap the Doodle. Let the games begin!

And now, a report from the field covering Day 1 of the action….

The Games are off to a rollicking start! Strawberry takes an early lead but Watermelon’s on a roll. Over to Coconut and what a jump! What a dunk! Passed by Lemon, going…going….ooh, frozen fruit. To Pineapple where a sweet return earns a prickly reception. Things are getting juicy! Now Orange swings and Blueberry soars. Grape rides and Apple spikes. It’s a cornucopia of conquests! But wait, here comes Strawberry with Watermelon spitting at its heels. Will it end in a blender blunder? Not today! This game will end with a Strawberry on top.

Come back tomorrow and for the next few weeks to keep up with all the action from the 2016 Doodle Fruit Games.

Umm. . . I don’t think so.

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CNET explains:

To mark the opening of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, the web giant is launching a series of interactive doodles championing its own 2016 Doodle Fruit Games. During the next couple of weeks, fruit such as coconut, strawberry and watermelon from a fruit stand in Rio will compete in races and other feats of skill, strength and stamina for the title of “freshest fruit,” the company said in an introduction to its companion games.

The Fruit Games, which you can participate in by tapping the Google Doodle on your Android and iOS devices, appears to have events planned that mirror the traditional contest held at the Olympic Games, including track and field, swimming, and cycling, among others.

What lamebrain came up with that idea?


  1. Posted August 5, 2016 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    I’ve not seen any mention of the irony that the summer games are being held in Rio where it’s winter.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted August 5, 2016 at 8:53 am | Permalink

      When your latitude is the Tropic of Capricorn it hardly matters, don’t you think.

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted August 5, 2016 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    A $90,000/yr gpa=4.0 lane brain who wades through computer code day and night I would think.

    • Kevin
      Posted August 5, 2016 at 8:52 am | Permalink

      Probably makes two times that (minimum) and yes that Doodle was crap.

      IBM once hired incredibly intelligent gpa=4.0 lame brains…

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted August 5, 2016 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    The doodle is up here in the U.S. as well.
    I happen to have the Google app (never use it), and so I played the game on my phone. Its the kind of simple but challenging game that you would play while waiting for something. It reminds me of some tried and true classics like Frogger in that you ‘die’ pretty quickly, but with practice you can get pretty good with it. I can see where others would get into it, and kids would really get into it.
    I personally see nothing wrong here, although I do not recall seeing Google advertise for Google products before. Here they are advertising for free trial period to a game, and advertising for people to download the Google app as well.

  4. jay
    Posted August 5, 2016 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Maybe fruit games are safer than three blind mice

  5. Posted August 5, 2016 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    It appears to appeal to gamers and kids.

    • Bonnie
      Posted August 6, 2016 at 2:37 am | Permalink

      They should have included Pokemon Go

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