New Delhi: Get ready for the tippity tap of keypads around you on Tuesday as people frantically try to better each other's scores in the interactive doodle that Google has created for London 2012 hurdles.
The twelfth doodle that Google has posted during the ongoing Olympic Games is easily Google's most fun Olympic doodle ever.
The interactive doodle lets you participate in a hurdles race (though you'll be the only runner on screen) and use the left-right arrow keys to run and the spacebar to jump over the 10 hurdles in the race.
Once the race is over a score (in seconds) is displayed on the screen and also gives a star rating. An armchair hurdler managing a score lower than 11.8 seconds will get a three-star rating. Users can also share their Google armchair Olympic hurdles achievement on Google+.
Google London 2012 hurdles doodle shows a 110 metres men's race with 10 hurdles. The World Record in the event is 12.87 seconds and the Olympics Record stands at 12.91 seconds. In the little time we played with the doodle we could easily shatter the records.
The Google London 2012 hurdles doodle is in the shape of a laptop, perhaps also indicating that the game can only be played on computers with keyboards. The doodle appears only as a static image on mobile Web browsers.
If you want to get a preview of the Google London 2012 hurdles doodle click here or start your game in the doodle embedded below the text of this story.
Google's interactive doodles are a reason for bosses to worry. When Google celebrated the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man game with an interactive doodle, that allowed users to play Pac-Man right on the Google home page led to, according to analysts, a loss of $120 million to the British economy. The innovative doodle that Google put up for the country and jazz guitarist, songwriter and inventor Les Paul resulted in $268 million in lost productivity, according to technology website ExtremeTech.
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