You can play pétanque in Google thanks to this Doodle

Google’s famous Doodle takes you into the world of petanque for two days, with a very nice little game.

It’s sunny, it’s hot: the opportunity to play pétanque in the open air! But why deprive yourself of a double dose? This Sunday, July 31, and until tomorrow, Google’s Doodle is adorned with the famous metal balls by integrating a small petanque game.

Pétanque has always been an emblematic French sport. Playing pétanque is for me a return to authenticity, friendliness and all ages. I wanted to share this experience », Comments doodle designer Hélène Leroux. This game is indeed typical of the south of France, but its aura goes beyond that. Its origin is also remote: we must go back to the throwing of flat stones in Antiquity, then to the throwing of stone balls among the Greeks, before the Romans integrated the target ball (the jack) and that they import the game in France.

Doodle from Google dedicated to pétanque, which leads to a little game. // Source: Google

How to play the Google petanque game?

To play the game, nothing could be simpler, just click on the Doodle’s Play button, which will launch the interactive page. The game is very simple: you have to stretch an arrow downwards pointing it in the right direction, which allows you to control both the distance and the power of each throw. As in any petanque game, the objective is to bring your boule as close as possible to the jack.

You can practice solo, but also face other real players. The game has matchmaking functionality across the 17 countries where the doodle is available. You earn a point each time your boule is closer to the jack than your opponent’s.

All Google doodles are collected in a dedicated directory.

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