Struggling through learning data structures this afternoon, I decided to take a break. I searched Google for “ted ed youtube channel” to watch few videos there. I was just about to migrate to YouTube, but instead I casually opened the Google’s about us webpage. Noticed that the page’s design has got revised, I scrolled and then I got to see this –
I went away from my laptop for a while. When I returned back, I was surprised to see my father playing the Atari Breakout game on the Google’s about us page. Literally, I was shocked! I asked him that how did he start playing it and the reply was so unsatisfying, he said that any accidental click launched it. After many trials and errors, I finally got the answer. I even searched Google to lookup for if there are any blogs or websites informing about this new Easter egg but found none, so I took the initiative to publish one.
OK. So, how to play this Atari Breakout game?
- Follow this link to go to Google’s about us page – https://www.google.com/about/
- Scroll down until you see something like the above GIF/image
- Now, with your attentive eyes wait for – “Take a break” phrase to appear
- As soon as it appears click on it and you shall be playing Atari Breakout
- Note: Currently it works only on computers and not on mobile devices.
Another known kind of Atari Breakout Easter egg from Google is:-
- Google Search “atari breakout”
- Click on the Images tab
- And, then play hard!
Few of my other favorite Easter eggs from Google:-
- Search “zerg rush” and see what happens.
- Search “pacman” and play the pacman game.
- Search “flip a coin” and Google flips a coin for you!
- Gravity can pull the Google search page down and break it into components – http://mrdoob.com/projects/chromeexperiments/google-gravity/ (follow this link)
- Google Teapot. Follow this link – https://www.google.com/teapot and tap the teapot there to pour tea.
- To spin a fidget, search for “spinner”.
- The T-Rex game. Don’t get bored when your internet connection is not working. Hit the space-bar, and the game starts. Save the dinosaur from colliding with obstacles.
- Play Tic-Tac-Toe. Search “tic tac toe”.
- Want to play Solitaire, search “solitaire”.
- Try searching “spin dreidel”.
- Try searching “roll a die”.
- Recursion is a programing term meaning a function that calls back itself. Try searching “recursion”.
- On searching “google in 1998”, it will tack you back to Google’s 1998 version.
- Want to carry out a barrel roll. Then, try searching “do a barrel roll”.
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