There are plenty of little Easter eggs hidden in the Google search engine. Of barrel rolls to perform the Cha-Cha slide, you can have a lot of fun typing certain phrases in the search bar. However, we want to showcase the full games that Google has sneaked in here.
Before we jump into the games themselves, just know that all games are designed to be played on computers or mobile devices. For most games, you can choose to play with your mouse or keyboard if you’re on a computer, while mobile devices are limited to touch controls.
There are many simple, almost utilitarian games such as “Toss a coin, “”Spinner,” or “Roll a diceWhich all do exactly what you’d expect, but there are also, well, more substantial games. Let’s dive in
You can enjoy full versions of Solitare, Snake, and Minesweeper with some cool art for good measure. These are time-tested games that you can play for a minute to distract yourself or join in for longer sessions if you are determined to break that high score. You can even play Tic-Tac-Toe against your friends (no online gambling, unfortunately). The Snake game particularly stands out because there are many options available to fine tune the game with new mechanics (such as teleportation) and more difficulty options.
You can even play a fairly full version of Pac-Man. Instead of the iconic arcade labyrinth, you play through a stylized Google maze eating dots and fleeing ghosts like you’d expect. Just like the arcade game, every time you complete the maze the ghosts get harder and new, better performing fruits are added to the mix.
The most infamous of Google’s own games is undoubtedly the “Dinosaur Game”, a simple pixelated endless runner in which you play as a T-Rex. This appears whenever you don’t have an internet connection on Chrome; once you are at the “No Internet” screen, just press the space bar and you can jump straight. But if you want to play without deactivating the connection on your device, just go to chrome: // dino / to access the game anytime. This is however exclusive to Google Chrome.
You can also turn to Google Doodles for some fun games. It’s those special Google logos that you see on the homepage for various parties, birthdays, and events, and while some are just beautiful illustrations, others include little games to enjoy.
It’s worth checking out whatever current Doodle is, but even if there isn’t an attached game, you can still play older Doodle games thanks to the Doodle archive page. I just want to jot down a few of these Halloween Game 2020, which is a fun little level based arcade game, and high score focused baseball game designed for the July 4, 2019.
While none of these games are mind-blowing, they are fun distractions to play every now and then. They are worth a visit and can provide straightforward and pure entertainment. High score games can even train you for a while if you get hooked. So, instead of immediately hopping on Twitter or Instagram the next time you’ve got a few spare minutes, why not head to the search bar instead? After all, they’re all free – you have nothing to lose.