Today’s Google Doodle is a Halloween-themed multiplayer game

Yeah I'm not very good at this game

Google's popped games into the "doodle" slot of its homepage before, but the new Halloween-themed treat you can play right now is easily the most fun diversion devised by the search/tech/ads/everything giant yet.

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The goal of "The Great Ghoul Duel" is for teams to collect as many spirt flames as possible within two minutes.

The new Google Doodle game is called The Great Ghoul Duel, and it's an online multiplayer game about a bunch of ghosts floating around and stealing souls from each other. They form a long trail behind you and disappear when you bring them back to home base.

"In a Doodle first, players can choose to host a game with up to seven friends and family via a custom invitation link OR just play with randomized players around the globe", Google says.

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The team that collects the most spirit flames wins, but beware: Teams can steal flames from each other as they try to deposit them at their home base.

The team built several systems to enable this multiplayer gaming, all running on the Google Cloud Platform, including a highly-scalable matchmaker service by Open Match, an open source framework developed jointly by Google Cloud and Unity. As a bonus, players who earn lots of points receive power-ups like speed boosts and night vision.

To play, move around with arrow keys, collect little flame thingies, which add up behind you, creating a tail of sorts.

The Google Doodle for October 30 celebrates Halloween.

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