Google is a company like no other. It’s not just about building useful web services, smart home devices, and developing an assistant that brings it all together. They go to great lengths to make sure their employees are happy and comfortable working with them. This is apparent from all the hidden games they have created over the years on a number of Google products such as Search, Earth, Chrome, etc.
Let’s take a look at some of the best hidden Google games you can play right now.
1. Dinosaur Race (Chrome)
Most people who work online for a living do not step away from their computer when there is no internet connection available. Enter the T-Rex. One of the fiercest predators to ever walk the Earth. Try to open any website in Chrome and you will get the No Internet error.
Now press the ‘Space’ button on your keyboard to start the game. T-Rex will keep running and you can jump using the Space button to avoid obstacles.
How far have you run?
2. Tic Tac Toe (Search)
Ah, the number of hours I wasted playing with friends. A classic game that may never go out of style.
Just search for “Tic Tac Toe” game in Google search, and it will present the board to you directly in search. Knock at the next booth to start playing.
3. Pac-Man (Search)
Pac-Man ushered in the golden age of maze games in the late 80s and has since become something of a social phenomenon. He even made an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, a film known for its pop culture references.
Just search for the game in Google search and it will present you with a Doodle that you can play in search.
4. Atari Breakout (Search)
Did you know that Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs designed Atari Breakout? Find out how he inspired the first to build the Apple II computer. Anyway, to play this classic game, go to Google Image search and type in the name.
The search results, images, will now reorganize to create the popular game. You will use your mouse or the arrow keys on the keyboard to control the bar. Your job is to prevent the ball from falling.
5. Zerg Rush (Search)
It’s a nice game. The moment you search for the game in Google search, you will see small balls falling from the sky which you have to eliminate with mouse clicks. If they touch the search results, they will disappear.
In game lingo, the name means being bombarded by weak enemies who are difficult to defeat due to their numbers.
6. Flight Simulator (Earth)
Google Earth is a powerful tool and a boon for people who love to travel and visit new places. Did you know you can also fly an F-16 and SR22 aircraft using the Flight Simulator feature in Earth?
Download Google Earth Pro using the link below and when it opens press Ctrl+Alt+A to launch the simulator. Choose a location, and now you can fly to that location. Don’t crush it, though. Here is a detailed guide. Note that the flight simulator only works on computer.
7. Android game (Android)
Every new version of Android comes with a hidden game. Depending on what you have installed on your phone, you can play any of these games. Go to Settings and tap Android version repeatedly until you see the Android version logo. In my case, it’s Oreo.
Now tap this logo multiple times to reveal a hidden game. Oreo comes with a scary octopus that you can control with your finger.
8. Flappy Bird Clone (Android)
Flappy Bird was a smash hit and for good reason. It was damn hard to play and very addictive. Google has hidden a clone, Android Bird, deep within the Android operating system. You will need a launcher like Nova for this. Create an Activities widget and select Marshmallow Land under System UI.
When the widget is placed on the home screen, tap it to launch the game.
9. Text Adventure (Research)
There is a game hidden in Google Search called Text Adventure, where you have to find alphabets. Type Text Adventure into Search and when the results load, press Ctrl+Shift+J to reveal a hidden menu.
If you want to play the game, type “yes” and press enter. You will then receive clues on where you (Google’s Big Blue logo) can find your friends (remaining letters of the word Google) red o, yellow o, blue g, green l and red e. Go hunt them.
10. Google Gravity
Newton changed the world forever when he discovered gravity one. Google wanted to pay tribute and created a game. Weird. Type Google Gravity in the search bar and click I’m lucky.
Every element on the page will break down and fall as if gravity is pulling it down. You can now play with these blocks. Note that the links are still clickable and you can still use search.
11. Google Clouds (Android)
Google Clouds is a hidden game in the Google app on your Android. Open the app. Put your phone in airplane mode. Now look for anything.
You will now see the search results with a round icon with a cloud man greeting you happily. Tap it to launch the game. It was designed to engage people while traveling without an active internet connection.
12. Google Assistant
Google’s AI-powered smart assistant isn’t just there to help you take notes and create to-do lists. You can also play games, and there are several to choose from.
Just search for “play game” and you will be presented with a list of options. There are classics like Stone Paper Scissors, word-based games and quizzes, among others. Try them.
There are too many games hidden in various Google products to list them all here. Google Assistant alone offers more than 20 games to play. The fact that developers go to such lengths to squeeze these trivia into their products speaks volumes about the kind of working environment they’ve built over the years.
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