Interactive Google doodle celebrates Jules Verne’s 183rd

Darren Allan

February 8, 2011

Google has implemented a new doodle to celebrate the anniversary of Jules Verne, who was born on this day in 1828.

The French author is considered one of the fathers of science-fiction, and his most famous works include A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

The latter, which was penned in 1870, is the subject of Google’s doodle, with the search engine’s logo fashioned using the portholes a mock submarine.

A lever to the right of the logo lets the user move the sub’s view up or down, and left or right, so you can take a shufty around the bottom of the ocean. All manner of fish, jellyfish and whales are to be seen, along with a couple of guys in diving suits with lanterns, of course.

Right at the bottom of the sea, we discovered a giant tentacled monster, an anchor, and the obligatory treasure chest. Pretty much everything you could expect to encounter in an seabed scene, except perhaps a blown-out sub-sea wellhead jammed up with golf balls, tyres and concrete.

When you move the view sideways, the camera tilts left or right. And on the iPad and iPhone, tilting the device is how the view is shifted, a neat touch.

It was last year that Google began introducing interactive doodles, which have previously included a playable version of Pac-Man, a buckyball and a set of exploding spheres.


Comments in chronological order (4 comments)

  1. RP says:

    If you go right to the bottom and pan around you’ll also find some plants that fill the view finder with the Google logos colours.

  2. APD says:

    Beautiful graphics & thanks for the plant tip - completely missed that. The balloon in the sky is a nice touch.
    BTW The image “verne-hp.png” has the control lever lighting up - any idea how to do this.

  3. APD says:

    Clicking on the dials on the left makes the lever light up…

  4. Darren Allan says:

    Well spotted both :) Nice touches indeed….

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