Google is the most visited website in the world. But this can do more than just “google” terms. Google’s developers keep hiding little games that can be called up directly via Google search. The Google doodles also always contain little extra games.
Google Doodles, Google turns 19
On his 19th birthday today, Google is also making a big splash in the form of a doodle. A wheel of fortune is called up by clicking on the doodle’s play button. You turn this to call up various little gadgets.
This gives you the opportunity to compose your own music and pass it on to your contacts, smash a pinnata or play baseball. Google keeps hiding little games in its doodles. These can be called up again and again from the archive via the website.
The term Snake entered. A window appears with a blue snake, which of course has nothing in common with the pixelated snake on Nokia cell phones from back then. The button “click to play” opens the playing field.
The snake is started and moved using the arrow keys on your keyboard or using gesture control on your smartphone. Red apples must be eaten. With every apple eaten, the snake gets longer and longer.
This makes it more and more difficult to find a way across the field and not to get to the edge of the field with the snake. Because if there is a collision with the edge of the field, or the back of the snake, it is knocked out and the game is over. The game is accompanied by different tones and the noise when the snake eats an apple.
Snake is an endless game that can be played on and on. You can always start over or stop and go about your work.
The popular card game Solitaire can also be started directly via Google’s web search. Here you enter the term Solitaire a. Then you have the option of choosing a level of difficulty (easy or difficult). At the simple level, the cards are displayed individually; at the difficult level, the cards are displayed as a pile of three.
The cards are dealt and you begin to arrange your piles. With a swipe of your finger on your smartphone or with a mouse pointer on your PC, you always put black and red cards correctly sorted on top of each other. By clicking on a card, it is placed directly on the discard pile (starting with the ace, then the 2, 3 and so on).
If you need new cards, click on the pile of cards at the top left. As soon as nothing works, quit the game or click on the “New” button at the bottom of the screen to start another game.
Tic Tac Toe
After entering Tic Tac Toe A TicTacToe playing field opens in the search bar. A three-way combination of X or O must be created within the 9 boxes. At the beginning you choose whether you want to bet an X or an O. You play against the computer.
It is also possible to select a level of difficulty. To do this, click on the arrow button at the top of the screen and select the difficulty level Easy, Medium, Impossible or play with a friend. With the option “play with a friend” you switch off the computer and can now play the game with two people.
The game Pac Man, which was hidden in the Google homepage on May 21, 2010, can still be accessed by entering Pac Man be played in the search bar. The smartphone is controlled using finger gestures, although the playing field is very small here and the display is often swiped downwards using the gesture control. Thus, a little bit of fun is taken away.
On the PC, the playing field is not that big either (it is a game that was hidden in a doodle), but Pac Man can be controlled more easily using the arrow keys on the keyboard. Pac Man has to eat small dots around the Google lettering. Four little ghosts chase him. At one or the other corner there are small “power pills”. With these, Pac Man can also hunt his pursuers for a short time. Cherries, on the other hand, bring extra points. If Pac Man has made it and has eaten the whole playing field empty, he gets to another level, which differs from the previous level only in the higher game speed.
Not exactly a game, but a funny Google Easteregg is the input of the term Askew in the search bar. Because shortly after entering Askew, the display of the screen becomes crooked. Because Askew translates as wrong. And that’s exactly what happens to your screen. If you no longer want a tilted screen, simply go to the Google homepage again.
Do a barrel roll
By entering the term Do a barrel roll the screen rotates around its own axis. Then the typeface is back in place.
By you Zerg Rush When you type in the search bar, small red and yellow circles fall from the top, side, or bottom of the screen. These begin to eat up and destroy all search entries that match your query. So a self-destruct mode. If you don’t know what the term zerg is, it comes from the game Starcraft. Zergs are small worm-like beings that take in and transform other species’ genetic code.
You can try to destroy the circles with a click of the mouse. The “eliminated” zergs are counted on the screen. But you don’t really have a chance, because the Zergs just want to destroy your screen. When the game is over, two Gs consisting of red and yellow circles appear. You click on Clear to restore the screen.
Conway’s Game of Life
By entering Conway’s Game of Life the screen fills from the top right corner with small light blue squares. These are always in motion. The game has only 4 simple rules and was developed by John Conway over 40 years ago.
The 4 rules indicate which cell dies, is lonely or lives. The screen can be any size. After a few minutes the screen will be filled. With every new start of the game, there are always new patterns. If you move the cursor over the control buttons of the game, the time and the population are displayed. The game can also be stopped using the pause button and stepped through by clicking on the arrow button.
The dinosaur from the valley of the unreceptive
With us in the country it is very often the case that we find ourselves in the valley of the unreceptive. But Google has also thought of us poor people. In the form of a dinosaur. This pixelated fellow always appears when the reception has said goodbye.
And until you are near a radio mast again, you can pass the time with a hidden dinosaur platformer. This works by simply tapping on the dinosaur. He then runs off alone and has to hop on the dinosaur over cacti with a tap of his finger. If the dinosaur collides with a cactus, the game is over. Your points are counted and a high score can be seen.
Error code 418 – I’m a teapot
Who in the search line Google.com/Teapot for which the error code 418 appears. A blue teapot with a mug on a white background. You can pour tea into the cup by clicking on the teapot. The Easteregg is based on an April Fool’s joke. In 1998 the Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP), an extension of the HTTP protocol, was developed. It was intended to be used to remotely control coffee machines.
Google always succeeds in bringing new life to the website with new Easter eggs. So it will be interesting to see which game will hatch from the egg soon.