Google whipped up a cute competitive ghost game for Halloween

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

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

Or you can just team up with random strangers. Join in as ghosts around the world gather to play their own version of Trick-or-Treat: The Great Ghoul Duel!' the search engine wrote in a post.

The spooky mini-game allows you to form two teams of up to four ghosts, meaning you must work together to collect "spirit flames" and return them to your home base.

As if we haven't already wasted enough time on the internet this month looking for Halloween costumes and figuring out which bars and restaurants have the best specials, Google is now tempting us with a new online game within its latest Doodle.

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.

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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 more spirits you collect, the faster you go, which certainly helps, but having a longer tail makes you more vulnerable to opponents. As a bonus, players who earn lots of points receive power-ups like speed boosts and night vision. Click on it to start the game. It is the first multiplayer game from the search giant.

Great Ghost Duel follows the immensely popular Halloween Doodle game, Magic Cat Academy from two years ago, in which you played as a magical black cat and battled to save your school from invading ghosts.

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