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Google has a ton of free games on its homepage – Review Geek

Google Pac-Man search bar maze

There are plenty of little hidden Easter eggs in the Google search engine. From barrel rolls to running the Cha-Cha slide, you can have a lot of fun typing certain phrases in the search bar. However, we want to give a special highlight to the full games Google snuck out here.

Before we get into the games themselves, you should know that all games are made to be played on computers or mobile devices. For most games, you can choose to play with your mouse or keyboard when using a computer, while mobile devices are limited to touch controls.

The classics

Screenshots from Google's Snake game and Tic-Tac-Toe

There are plenty of simple, almost usable games like ‘Flip a Coin’, ‘Spinner’ or ‘Roll a Die’ that all do exactly what you expect, but there are also, well, Lake substantial games. Let’s dive in

You can enjoy full versions of Solitare, Snake, and Minesweeper with some nice art thrown in for good measure. These are tried-and-true games that you can play for a minute as a distraction, or you can take longer sessions with them if you’re committed to breaking that high score. You can even play Tic-Tac-Toe against your friends (unfortunately not online). The Snake game stands out mainly because there are many options available to customize the game with new mechanics (such as teleport) and more difficulty levels.

You can even get a fairly complete version of Pac-Man. Instead of the iconic arcades maze, you play in a stylized Google maze that eats dots and runs away from ghosts just as you’d expect. Similar to the arcade game, each time you complete the maze, the ghosts get more difficult and new higher scoring fruits are added to the mix.

Google Originals

Screenshot of Google Dinosaur Game

The most notorious of Google’s own games is undoubtedly the “Dinosaur Game” – a simple, pixelated endless runner in which you play as a T-Rex. This appears when you do not have an internet connection in Chrome; Once you are on the ‘No Internet’ screen, hit the spacebar and you can jump right in. But if you want to play without turning off the connection on your device, go to chrome://dino/ to access the game at any time. However, this is exclusive to Google Chrome.

You can also go to Google Doodles for fun games. These are those special Google logos that you see on the homepage for various holidays, anniversaries and events, and while some are just fun illustrations, others include little games for you to enjoy.

It’s worth checking what the current Doodle is, but even if no game is included, you can still play older Doodle games thanks to the Doodle archive page. Just a few of these I’d like to note is the 2020 Halloween game, which is a fun little level-based arcade game, and the high-score focused baseball game made for July 4, 2019.

While none of these games are stunning, they are fun distractions to play from time to time. They’re worth checking out and can provide simple and pure entertainment – the high-score games can even drag you along for a while if you get hooked. So instead of jumping straight to Twitter or Instagram the next time you have a few minutes to spare, why not go to the search bar? After all, they’re all free – you have nothing to lose.

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