Stanisław Lem on Google’s homepage

Some of the bugs encountered while working on the doodle
Some of our explorations of the eight-storey machine that doesn’t know mathematics all that well
An original drawing of Trurl and its flying companion, from Daniel Mróz
The doodle was available throughout Europe and necessitated translation not just of the help text, but also the N letter and the items in its finale
  • The brick that falls out from the first robot when it explodes is a brick drawn by Lem himself. (Everything else is drawn from scratch by Sophia Foster-Dimino inspired by the style of Daniel Mróz.)
  • The wave in the second level spells something in binary/ASCII.
  • Some of the eyes of the monster (Pugg) in the second level will follow your mouse — unless, of course, you are on a tablet (I agonized a lot about it. Eyes following a mouse pointer is such a cliché.)
  • Clicking on the bird makes it fly elsewhere (if it’s allowed at that moment).
  • Clicking on the cat will make it go away. It will eventually go away on its own, but hey, you didn’t really expect to be able to control a cat, right?
  • After some time of inactivity, the bird might sit on your mouse pointer.
  • In the second level, you can see an actual Polish scientific satellite LEM flying in the background.
  • If you finish the doodle twice, at the third time you will see something extra in the finale, based on another story we didn’t have time to squeeze into the doodle.
  • There are different N items depending on how many times you played the game, and which language you’re using.
Some early Lem doodle sketches

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Marcin Wichary

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Designer/typographer · Writing a book on the history of keyboards: https://aresluna.org/shift-happens

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