Google Doodle invites you to play Mexican card game Loteria
The interactive Doodle lets you play the bingo-style multiplayer game in your browser.
Google wanted people to kick off their week with a little Mexican flair Monday, giving us an interactive Doodle to play traditional card game, Loteria. You can set up a private match to play with friends, or just jump straight into a game with random people.
It's a bit like bingo -- cards are dealt and you try to find the corresponding card on your board. If it's there, you place a bean on the card. Once you match a predetermined pattern with your beans, you hit the Loteria button. The first person to do this wins.
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In the actual game, you're meant to shout "Loteria!" or "buenas!" when you match the pattern -- you can choose whether or not to let out a victory cry in your office or at home. Mexican YouTuber Luisito Comunica serves as the Doodle's announcer -- between him and the music, you'll be feeling energetic and might want to spend the whole day playing. (You might pick up a little Spanish if you do.)
The art is by Mexico-based Chabaski, Mexico-born Cecilia, Hermosillo-born Luis Pinto, Los Angeles-based Loris Lora, and Mexico City-based Vals.
The game started in Italy during the 15th century, but became a Spanish hobby before hitting Mexico in 1769. It was officially copyrighted in Mexico on this day 106 years ago, Google noted.
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