Say what you want about Google, but the old search engine devil has good taste and a sense of humor in his design department. Over the years, Google has accumulated a real amount of hidden games, many of which arose in connection with birthdays, but are still available to play today.
Google’s repertoire of hidden games and Easter eggs spans all of its platforms – from Google Search to the Assistant and the Google Android app. This list brings together the best secret games from Google, wherever you find them.
1. Two-month free trial of Stadia Pro (Chrome)
It’s a bit technical here, but the two-month trial of Google’s cloud gaming platform is really kind of a rip off. As long as you have a good Internet connection, you can stream a game of games for free, including Destiny 2, Metro Exodus and Serious Sam Collection directly from your browser. You can also purchase additional games if you wish, although you will need to continue paying a subscription to play them (until the expected free level is released).
To make it clear, you don’t need a powerful PC to play these games, because they are powered by Google’s servers and transmitted to you via HD video. You can play them directly through the browser or a phone application, which is quite impressive!
We are not sure how long this two-month free trial period will last. Buy it while you can! Sign up using your Google account at Stadia.com.
2. Marshmallow Land (Nova Launcher)
In the past, when Flappy Bird used to be a craze, Google had fun launching its own twist on the game – complete with beautiful Google graphics and a more polished look. Since Android Nougat, the game has become inaccessible through the Android user interface, but it still exists, buried in the system.
To unlock it, you need to install Nova Launcher and activate it as the default home screen launcher. After doing this, touch and hold an empty space on the home screen, touch Widgets and touch and hold the Activities icon until it appears on the home screen.
Release the icon and, in the Activities list, scroll down until you reach the system UI. Tap it and then tap Marshamallow Land to open the game.
An independent developer also made the game available for free on the Play Store, but this list is about Google’s hidden games and there is none as hidden as Marshmallow Land!
3. Google Assistant games (Android)
One of the best kept secrets of the Google AI assistant on Android is that it can direct you to a real gaming treasure if you ask the right question. To do this, open the Google Assistant (OK, Google) and, when listening, say “play”.
After doing this, you will be able to choose from a very considerable list of games to play, including tests; word games; and stone, paper and scissors.
4. Basketball game (Google Doodle Archive)
If you’ve been searching on Google for a while (and let’s face it, most of us do), then you must remember this little gem of 2012. That simple basketball game was launched to celebrate the 2012 Summer Games and involves shooting at hoops from various distances.
You just press the mouse button to increase the power of your shot, so it’s about finding the right spot to put the ball in the ring. You have limited time to score as many points as possible and, as the game progresses, you need to play further and further.
5. Magic Cat Academy (Google Doodle file)
Taking us back to Halloween 2016, this beautifully hand-drawn Google game about a cat that casts spells and defends an endless swarm of incorporeal ghosts. Magic Cat Academy it’s super simple, as you stay in the middle of several levels by drawing lines that correspond to the symbols above the heads of the ghosts to banish them.
The action starts very quickly, and in a short time, you will be absorbed in a relentless stream of spectral destruction. There are five levels in total, and you can also regenerate life by passing a heart shape anywhere on the screen. Good luck!
6. Text adventure (Google Chrome)
Do you want to be transported back to the late 70s and get an idea of what games were like in the days before conveniences, like graphics and user interfaces? Well, you can. Right there, in your Google Chrome browser, where a peculiar little text adventure is at rest, waiting to be discovered.
To access this well hidden Google game, open Google in Chrome and type “text adventure” in the search box.
Then press Ctrl + Change + Iand type “yes” in the console that appears.
The text adventure will begin. As with any great text adventure, you play by simply typing commands, which unfold the action and move you around the game world.
7. Grand Ghoul Duel (Google Doodle Archive)
Google has many games in its bottomless trick box, but none so far has been a complete online multiplayer experience. Big Ghoul Duel has shadows of a hyperactive Pacman, as you and your colleagues slide through a gloomy library, graveyard and other scary locations, collecting small flames to return to your base. The team with the most flames wins!
The extra hook is that when you collect the flames, they give your ghost a tail, in which the opposing team can slide, steal and return to their own base. You can host games and invite your friends and family to participate.
It is no longer on the Google homepage, but you can play it in the Google Doodle file.
8. Garden gnomes (Google Doodle Archive)
On 10º In June 2018, Google celebrated Garden Day in Germany (we also never heard of it) by launching a Google Doodle with a garden gnome theme. (Did you know that they originate from 13th century Anatolia?)
By clicking on this Doodle, you will start a torturously addictive game, where you catapult the gnomes as far as possible, using a kind of trebuchet. It looks a little cruel, but it’s a little bit like Angry Birds and you’ve never heard of they complaining.
Doodle is now gone, but you can find it on Google Doodle file and play whenever you want.
9. Patience (Google search)
The first game that many of you have played on a computer, the classic card game, is available to play directly on Google Search.
Just type “patience” in Google Search and press Enter. It’s the same old game you’ve always remembered – about stacking cards in descending order and in alternating colors. It looks good too, with a hint of arrogance from Google’s design.
10. Smart Pins (Google Maps)
Once upon a time there was a quiz about Google’s internal geography that was accessible directly on Google Maps by typing “smart pins” into the search box. For whatever reason, this wonderfully designed little quiz is no longer there, but you can find it at smartypins.withgoogle.com.
The game uses Google Maps to ask all kinds of questions (ranging from moderately easy to super tough), which you answer by placing the Maps pin where you believe the answer is located. Points are collected in the form of “miles” and, if you are having difficulties, this will give you little witty tips. Attractive, but kind of educational, so you don’t feel too much wasting your time on it.
11. Flight Simulator (Google Earth)
It’s been around for years, but Google Earth is still kind of mind-boggling, allowing you to navigate the planet and zoom in on just about anything, anywhere in the world (well, beyond military bases, North Korea and the usual sketch) thing ).
Better yet, Google Earth has an integrated flight simulator that allows you to travel the world using a real plane. You can even choose to fly an SR22 or F-16 jet and play using a joystick, if you have one. Our advice is to also activate the buildings in 3D, which means that you will be able to see cities like San Francisco (in the photo) in its 3D glory with dark texture, but still.
To access it, you need to download and install Google Earth on your Windows, Mac or Linux computer and, in the menu, click “Tools -> Sign in to Flight Simulator” at the top.
12. T-Rex Run (Google Chrome browser)
Google knows that the absence of the Internet can make people lose their heads. Fortunately, Google hopes to avoid violent reactions with this cute and addictive game. One of the most popular “hidden” games, this one requires Google’s Chrome browser.
Starring a solitary T-Rex in 8-bit glory, you jump on the cacti and avoid flying pterodactyls in this endless corridor.
To play, turn off Wi-Fi on your device or start Chrome when you don’t have access to the Internet. When the “Unable to connect to the Internet” screen (with the aforementioned T-Rex) appears, press the space bar (or touch the screen if you are on a tablet or phone). Get ready, because the deceptively easy game is about to begin. Keep pressing the space bar to jump.
13. Pac-Man (Google search)
This custom Pac-Man game appeared as a Google doodle on May 21, 2010. This playable version of Pac-Man was made to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the incredibly popular arcade game. To start chewing pac points, just Google “Pac Man, ”And you can dedicate yourself to the timeless business of avoiding Inky, Pinky, Blinky and Clyde.
14. Cobra (Google Search)
Get ready to feel like Marty McFly and go back in time. The Google Doodle that celebrates the Chinese New Year 2013 presents a classic game from the Nokia mobile domain. That’s right, a version of Snake can be played on Google’s search engine. To play, type “snake” and click Play.
Honorable Mention: Kevin Bacon’s Six Degrees
In a 1994 interview with Premiere Magazine, actor Kevin Bacon made an immediate comment on how he had worked with everyone in Hollywood or with someone who had worked with them. This became a game based on the six degrees of separation between him and other actors. This concept suggests that any two people on Earth have six or less ties. In Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, a player names any actor and tries to connect him to Bacon in six or fewer people. Google technicians should have a lot of free time, as they integrated the game into Google’s search engine. Just type in the name of any actor followed by “Bacon number”To see how far this actor is from Kevin Bacon.
This article was updated in April 2020.
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