Cool hidden Google gems!
Do you use Google everyday? You’re not alone! Google owns over 92% of the search engine market share worldwide, followed by Bing at only 2.45% and Yahoo at just 1.64%. Google receives over 63,000 searches per second on any given day which translates into at least 2 trillion searches per year, 3.8 million searches per minute, 228 million searches per hour, and 5.6 billion searches per day! Wowzer!
But there’s more to Google than searching! Uncover these free secret fun games and features and impress your friends!
The Dino Game
This game is a simple infinite runner which appears when you try to visit a website while disconnected from the Internet. Simply press the space bar to jump over cacti and dodge obstacles in your path and press the down arrow to duck. The goal is to avoid extinction and survive for as long as possible (or at least until your internet connects again!). And here’s a Fun Fact! Initial designs of the dinosaur character were given the codename “Project Bolan” (as in Marc Bolan, the lead singer of 1970’s glam rock band T-Rex). Clever 😉
So, why a dinosaur and not another creature? According to Chrome designer Sebastien Gabriel, it’s a play on going back to the “prehistoric ages,” before the existence of easily accessible Wi-Fi. Remember the slow old days of dial-up? Yawn…. Zzzzzzzzzz If you feel like reminiscing then head to https://bit.ly/38CA590 to hear it in all its glory!!
Wizard of Oz
Head to Google and type “Wizard of Oz” in the search bar. Tap the red slippers on the right- hand side and they will magically click. You will hear Dorothy say the iconic phrase “There’s no place like home” and then your screen will swirl and flip upside down and go black and white (just like at the start of the film). Now tap the tornado in the top right-hand corner and you’ll hear Dorothy calling for Auntie Em as your screen swirls and flips back to normal!
Much like the Wizard of Oz feature, each Friends character has a clickable symbol which references their iconic TV moment. Google each of their names and click on the animated symbol on the right-hand side. Chandler Bing’s reclining chair hatches a chick and a duck, and Phoebe Buffay can be heard playing “Smelly Cat'. Discover for yourself what happens when you search “Rachel Green”, “Monica Geller”, “Ross Geller” and “Joey Tribbiani”!
Just for Fun
Want to see things from a different angle? Google “Tilt” or “Askew” and your search engine will move into a slight sideways tilt. A bit pointless and awkward to read maybe (and there’s risk of excruciating neck ache) but fun none the less! Go one step further and type “Do a barrel roll' and you will be taken for a spin!
Google has added a little tribute to the once top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers. Search “Bletchley Park” and you’ll notice that the estate's name appears as a jumbled series of letters which then settle itself back to normal. A clever touch for wannabe codebreakers!
Flip a coin and roll a dice
Don’t carry cash but need to settle a 50/50 decision? Type “Flip a coin” and Google will help you out! Lost the dice for your board game? Type “Roll a dice” and Google will be a lifesaver!
Google contains loads of secret (and free-to-play) video games!
Search for 'Atari Breakout', 'Google Snake Game', 'Zerg Rush' and “Google Pacman” and voila! - games to keep you entertained on your lunchbreak or commute!
Google Earth Flight Simulator - If you’re an aspiring pilot, then you’ll love this one! Install Google Earth (free and easy to do, don’t worry), open TOOLS and click Enter Flight Simulator to start flying!
So, there we have it! We hope we’ve taught you something new today and have enlightened you on all the fun that Google has to offer! Have you discovered any cool games or features that we haven’t mentioned? Tweet us at @shaunprincePC