Date: 22nd September 2017
We all need a little downtime and a break from work sometimes. Google is full of little tricks and Easter eggs which can keep you entertained for hours.
Here are my ten favourites boredom killers hidden within Google.
As a lover of computer games, this has to be my favourite hidden gem. Simply type ‘Pacman’ into the Google search bar and it will re-generate the Google Doodle from 2010, a fully playable version of the 1980’s Namco classic game.
A very close second to Pacman is the Atari classic Breakout. Open google and do an image search for ‘Atari Breakout’. You will quickly see your search results pop up and then turn into a full game of Breakout. When you smash all of the bricks, Google will search a new phrase at random and the game will begin again.
- The Game Dinosaur
Last game on the list, I promise. Now some of you may have seen this little fellow appear when you open Chrome and there is no internet connection, but did you know if you tap on him a game will start where you must jump birds and cacti. This game kept me entertained for hours whilst away camping with no internet connection.
Remember what Google looked like in 1998? No, me neither. But, if you do feel like reliving that classic year which gave us Titanic, Furby, Britney Spears and of course Google, then you can. Simply type into the search bar ‘Google in 1998’ and it will revert to its initial state. It’s crazy to think how far we have come since then.
Try typing Google in the search bar backwards (Elgoog) and clicking I’m Feeling Lucky. Google with flip and show everything backwards and upside down. This is fun to play with for a few minutes, especially when you realise what Google auto-corrects your search to say.
- Barrell Roll
Another quickie but still fun. Type Do A Barrell Roll into the search bar and see what happens. I hold no responsibility if this makes you go dizzy.
- Google Space
Want to experience zero gravity without leaving Earth? Type Google Space into the search bar and click I’m Feeling Lucky. Google’s homepage will start to float around on your screen.
- Flip A Coin
Can’t decide whose turn it is to go and make the afternoon coffees? Type Flip A Coin into the Google search bar and let Google settle the argument for you.
- Animal Sounds
Speakers on for this one, please. Type in What Sound Does A Dog Make and sure enough, Google will ‘woof’ at you. It also has many other animal sounds in its repertoire. Okay, it’s a bit childish but it’s still fun.
I know I promised no more games but who doesn’t love a game of Solitaire, especially if you can no longer get it on your PC. Simply type Solitaire into the search bar, click search and Google will ask if you would like to start a game. There is even an easy or hard level select option.