I’m a bit of a rhythm game fanatic, always looking to sink my teeth into a new musical experience. So imagine my surprise when I saw that the last Google Doodle was, in fact, a rhythm game.
The doodle celebrates swing music and the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, an iconic venue of the swing era and one of the first public spaces in the United States to be racially inclusive with a policy of non-discrimination.
The Savoy Ballroom Rhythm Set incorporates iconic jazz music like Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off by Louis Armstrong, Solid As A Rock by Ella Fitzgerald and the classic Careless Whisper. The game can be played solo or with a buddy, and the difficulty increases quite decently by the time you hit level three, although my struggle was also made worse by my poor ability to play rhythm games with the D, F, J, and the K keys. The end of each level is also peppered with some facts about the history of the ballroom.
You can play the game on the Google doodle page. There’s also a nice backstory on the history of the ballroom and a short documentary on the making of the doodle included.
We’ve had other pretty cool Google Doodles in the past too, like one designed to help teach kids to code and a Halloween-themed multiplayer game.