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Oct292018

Google Launches Halloween Special ‘Ghoul-gle’ Google Doodle

Google is celebrating this years’ Halloween with a first-of-its-kind Google Doodle that’s both interactive and competitive.

Users can take help from Google Maps, Search and the Assistant to compete.

The Great Ghoul Duel, multiplayer game that lets up to eight people to compete for each other all in the Google Cloud.

Google has listed twenty cities in the U.S. for their spooky factor with help from historical Google Maps data.

Users can either host a session of the game with up to 7 people and invite them using a custom invitation link, or compete with randomized players around the world.

Other Halloween-Related Search Features

Google also highlighted some other Halloween-related search features on its blog today, such as a list of commands that Google Assistant can respond to.

The goal of the game for teams is to collect as many spirit flames as possible within two minutes and bring them to home base before time expires.

Opposing teams can steal each other’s flames with a swipe, and use power-ups which gets stronger as the team collects more flames.

The power-ups include speed boosts, night vision and much more.

Here is some Halloween-related search that includes a list of commands that Google Assistant can respond to:

    • “What should I be for Halloween?”
    • “Get directions to the nearest pumpkin patch.”
    • “Add Halloween candy to my shopping list.”
    • “Trick or treat.” (Enjoy a spooky experience with sound effects and guest appearances from famous monsters.)
    • “What does a ghost sound like?”
    • “What does a werewolf sound like?”
    • “Share facts about monsters.”

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Google Maps also has created a TreatMap to help people find Halloween tricks, treats and other goodies in their neighborhood.

The “Treat Map” helps parents of children with food allergy find the homes in their neighborhood to stop by to make sure they have a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience.

“For Halloween, that means Nextdoor’s annual Halloween Treat Map, which allows neighbors to mark their homes with a candy corn icon if they plan to pass out candy, a haunted house icon if they plan to give their neighbors a spooky trick, or a teal pumpkin icon if they plan to pass out non-food treats,” wrote Google.

Download the Nextdoor app from Google Play or the App Store or at www.nextdoor.com.

Another game built with Google Maps for Halloween is called “Ghostbusters World.”

Ghostbusters World is available for free on Google Play and the App Store.

The mission of the game is simple for Ghostbuster to find as much as ghosts and “bust” them up to make the world safe and ghost-free.

Just use the “proton beam” to catch ghosts and drain their energy and then capture them in the containment unit.

Users will gain access to latest in spectral neutralization and trapping technology as they advance in the game.

When some strong ghosts come across just team up with nearby Ghostbusters in multiplayer boss raids or build up own.

There is also a story mode featuring classic characters.

Last week Google also acknowledged several spooky Google Maps images that have been circulating the web and debunked the theories surrounding them.

Google is never one to pass up the opportunity to celebrate a holiday and it went all out for Halloween this year.

In other Maps related news, Google has announced that its Maps is now providing accessibility information for over 40 million places listings.

Google attributes this accomplishment to an initiative launched last year called “Local Guides,” a community of over 50 million people across the globe contributing to Google Maps.

“Since launching our campaign one year ago, Local Guides worldwide have worked tirelessly adding accessibility information to Google Maps. Using local knowledge, they answer questions like “Does this place have a wheelchair accessible entrance?”, “Is there an accessible restroom?” and many more.”

To help people get to these locations, Google Maps also has begun offering wheelchair accessible public transportation routes this past spring.

Google says it may also explore adding questions like those to help people with “invisible” disabilities such as blindness and hearing impairment in the future.

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