Google’s latest multiplayer game is set to appear on the company’s search page on Sunday and pays homage to pétanque, a sport similar to pétanque and bowls. Invented in the south of France in 1907, petanque is a leisure activity practiced between friends, as well as a competitive sport practiced all over the world.
Google’s version features a duel of black and green olives. You can check it now on Google’s doodle page. But first you might want to read some tips and then you can click on the link at the end of the article.
As in pétanque or lawn bowling, the object of pétanque is to roll (or throw) your metallic ball (or ball) as close as possible to the jack (target ball). In Google’s game, the player with the ball closest to the target at the end of each round scores more points. The match, which can be played in singles or doubles, becomes more interesting when you use your ball to fend off your opponent’s ball and position yours next to the target.
And like any game of skill and strategy, this one takes a bit of tutoring, so Google has a guide to get you started. As explained in the game’s intro, you place your cursor on or behind the ball, click your mouse button, drag back and then release the button to let the ball fly.
But beware: the further you back up, the further the ball will go, and it’s not difficult to overshoot your target, so enjoy the practice round. The game also gives you an arrow guide to show you the general direction of your ball.
Pro tip: Pulling the slider under the ball will give more arc to the ball movement, while a medium pull above the ball tends to produce more of a rolling action, keeping the ball on the ground.
You get one point for each ball closer to the target than your opponent’s. The player who is furthest away in the first round goes first in the second round, while the player who scored first opens the third round. The player with the most points after three rounds is the winner.
You can choose to play with friends, strangers or just train alone.