Google has recently made a good deal of progress in the way of refashioning itself as a purveyor of online, browser-based gaming. Now the company has married that developing arm of its software efforts with its now familiar sense of whimsy displayed through its Google Doodles series.
The latest Google Doodle celebrates the 66th anniversary of the Roswell, New Mexico UFO incident first reported on July 8, 1947. That crash has served as fodder for countless conspiracy theories involving the U.S. government's top secret Area 51 military base, as well as a number of science fiction stories. Google's tribute turns the famed incident into a video game that puts the player in the role of a crash landed alien who must collect a series of objects in order to get back to its ship and take off again.
Although the game itself isn't very complicated, the well conceived art direction (mimicking the black and white, grainy aesthetic of most Roswell reports) and the ability to easily play the game in any browser make it yet another example of Google's increasing interest in online gaming. Once completed, players are taken to search results related to the original incident.
If you don't have the time or the gamer chops to successfully complete the game yourself, you can take a look at how much of the game looks in the spoiler-packed video below