If you’ve done any web surfing today, you may have noticed a curious interactive Doodle on the Google search engine page
According to Google
, Doodles are “the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists.”
Today’s Doodle -- a point and click game -- celebrates the 66th anniversary of one of the most enduring legends in the United States. The story goes that on this day in 1947, an alien spacecraft crashed near Roswell, New Mexico.
“We wanted to do something special for the 66th anniversary of the Roswell incident. So we thought, what if we imagined the story from the alien's point of the view?" said Kevin Laughlin who worked on the Doodle.
"We came up with this interactive game where you play as the alien. It was sort of inspired by those point-and-click adventures from when we were kids, like Monkey Island and King's Quest," he said. "We had fun designing a 40's-era New Mexico landscape, and it's all from the alien's point of view, so horseshoes and feed sacks get treated as serious artifacts, and chatting with a cow or chicken is just as novel as meeting a human for the first time.”
Conspiracy theorists say the U.S. government covered up signs of the crash landing and has been hiding evidence of extraterrestrial life ever since. The government says the only thing found near Roswell that day were the remnants of a weather balloon and there was no evidence of extraterrestrial life.
In the Google game, users guide an alien through a Roswell-like landscape to try to help it reassemble a crashed flying saucer.