Google Celebrates The Pony Express With A Fun Doodle Game

Google is celebrating the Pony Express today, on its 155th anniversary, with a Doodle game.

Every now and then Google will come up with something particularly clever—like its transformation of Google Maps into a global game of Pac-Man.

The Pony Express game has you riding on a horse collecting letters as you gallop across an obstacle-filled desert landscape, moving up and down on the screen to avoid cacti and fences.

The Pony Express’s first letter was delivered on April 14th, 1860, in a time long before email and texts.

Back then, the Pony Express was the fastest game in town, with a letter traveling 1800 miles in just ten days.

“The Pony Express felt like a great game concept to us at Google,” the company writes on their blog. “We’ve made time-based games in the past so our new idea was simple. Collect letters, avoid obstacles and aim for the ultimate 100 letter delivery! We know everyone is busy these days but the Pony Express needs YOU. And ultimately, whatever happens in life, what’s more important than earning trust and respect from a horse?”

The Pony Express may have been fast, but it was also short-lived. The mail service lasted for just 18 months, from April 1860 to October 1861.

Try out the Doodle game at Google’s homepage.


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