There’s a secret adventure game hidden in Google Search. Here’s how to play
There’s a secret adventure game hidden in Google Search. Here’s how to play, Easter eggs have been hidden in video games since Atari’s Adventure; now Google search has hidden an entire adventure game.
There’s a new Google text adventure you can play to beat the boredom. Google is known for hidden Easter eggs inside products, and the latest is a text adventure game inside Google.com. The game was first highlighted by the website RockPaperShotgun. The game can be easily found by anyone who knows the secret method for this.
The text adventure game from Google can be found inside the Google Chrome browser. It also works on Firefox, and Microsoft Edge browser. It looks like Apple’s Safari browser does not support this. So how can you find the Google text adventure game?
Once you have opened the Google Chrome browser or Firefox or Edge, just search for the term ‘text adventure’ on Google. A list of results will pop-up, but you need to right click and go on the option for Inspect. In Windows, users can rely on Ctrl + Shift + I for the Inspect feature to open up. On Mac, the quick command for this is Command + Option + I.
The Google search bar houses a fun text-based adventure game, if you know where to look.
To find the game, follow these simple instructions:
- Start by searching for “text adventure” in Google search.
- On the results page, go to the development console. You can either right-click in the browser and select “Inspect Element” or hit “Ctrl+shift+J” (Cmd+Option+J for Mac).
- When the development console comes up, select the “Console” tab along the top.
- The console will ask, “Would you like to play a game?” Type “yes” to start.
(If you type “no,” it will peevishly respond, “Fine, be that way.”)
In the game, you play as a big blue G looking for your five friends: red o, yellow o, blue g, green l, and the “always quirky” red e. You must explore Google’s Mountain View campus to find them. Along the way, you have to perform tasks like helping “nooglers” (that’s “new googlers”) get around and properly greeting a door-keeping alligator.
In the tradition of text-adventure greats like Zork, the game is presented and controlled entirely through text. You type “north” to move north, “grab” to grab an item, and “quack” to quack.
You win by collecting all your friends to complete the Google logo. You’ll also receive a tally based on your number of actions, the time you took to complete it, and a secret score that I won’t spoil here.
Google has a long history of including video game shout outs in its search engine. To pick just a few examples; typing “zerg rush” into the search bar will cause an army of Os to attack your results (a shout-out to the alien race from Starcraft); typing “do a barrel roll” will cause the screen to flip (a shout-out to Star Fox 64‘s Peppy Hare); and typing “pacman google” will bring up a playable Pacman game in the shape of the Google logo (a Google Doodle crafted in honor of the game’s 30th anniversary).
But it’s not all video games. Google search features in-jokes and references that have no discernible reason for their existence other than they made some Google developer laugh. Some of my favorites include:
typing “flip a coin” into the search engine will flip a coin for you;
typing “wubba lubba dub dub” will ask you “Did you mean: i am in great pain please help me” (a reference to the Adult Swim show Rick and Morty);
typing “the answer to life the universe and everything” nets you the answer “42” (a reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy); and
the search engine’s language settings include Pirate, Klingon, and Elmer Fudd.
If you were looking for an excuse to delay productivity, an adventure game found hidden inside Google Search can easily take up at least a few hours of your Monday morning.
Thanks to a Reddit user who posted on the r/google thread, we now know about a secret game hidden inside Google’s code. Upon entering the game, the user is sent on a wild goose chase to hunt down the colorful letters that make up the Google logo. The game is a text adventure, meaning you only have to type in simple words and commands to navigate through it.
Google has become well known for its number of tricks and surprises hidden within the confines of its search engine. There’s an entire Internet community out there devoted to discovering these “Easter eggs,” and an extensive list of them can be found on this Wikipedia page.