When we want to find something, we search for it on Google. Instead of “searching” “Google” has now become a verb. However, going beyond a traditional search engine, Google has included many hidden computer games and tools. This passion is to find out what they are.
Google has added Breakout, an arcade game released in 1976, to its Image Search. The original game was developed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak for Atari. There is a series of colored boxes at the top of the screen and the aim is to hit them all with a ball.
This later indirectly influenced the design of the Apple II computer. For the ‘Breakout’ arcade game, he developed color combination graphics circuits in hardware, support for the paddle (a game controller for past games), sound control, etc., which had to be done through software in the Apple II setting, and accordingly, he wrote the game Breakout in BASIC computer language.
You can play this historical game by visiting images.google.com and searching for “atari breakout”.
In 1980, Namco produced an arcade game called Puckman for Japan. Due to the fact that it represents an unusual word in English (even Sinhala), it is named Pac-Man for global distribution. The game later became famous as a cartoon and was recently seen in a fight scene in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Four ghosts in red, pink, blue, and yellow come to capture Pacman. While escaping from them, when Pacman is fed a large number of power balls, he becomes more powerful than the ghosts for a short period of time. During that time, the main task is to catch the 4 ghosts.
This was first seen as a doodle on Google search. Now it can be retrieved by doing a Google search for “Pacman”.
Tic Tac Toe
This is a popular game among all of us as kids, requiring only a pencil and paper using the letters/symbols X and O. You win here when you keep your symbol in a row (vertically or diagonally) of three squares. If both sides play well, it will be possible to finish without a win or a loss very easily.
This game is simple, but considering the probabilities, there are 138 endings. Considering X as the first player, there are 91 winning chances, 44 winning chances for O, and 3 draws in this game. Accordingly, the one who starts first has more advantage and the second one can win or draw by starting from the middlebox.
You can get this game by searching Google “tic tac toe” and you can change the difficulty to Easy, Medium, or Impossible on the top left. When it is given as Play against a friend, it gives the ability to control both sides. That is, another person can play from your computer. Click on the X or O sign above to select your symbol.
The last half of phones with a keypad, especially, the game called Snake on the Nokia 1100 phone is very popular. This started with the arcade game called Blockade introduced in 1976. In the early days, there was only a single line, and in some volumes, a worm was used instead of a letter and named as Worm.
The task here is to find food for a snake that moves horizontally and vertical on a checkered plane. The length of the snake increases as it eats and the winner here is to score the most points without letting the snake collide with the edge of the screen, other obstacles or its own body.
You can play this by using “snake game” or “play snake” in Google search. Arrow keys can change Naya’s direction.
The name Zerg Rush doesn’t have a direct English meaning, so you can’t find an explanation when you google it. Because the yellow and red o letters in the Google logo come and eat all the search results. We can shoot them by clicking on them several times. But somehow, the letter O that comes with four values ends up creating two red and yellow G letters on the screen, eating away all the results.
The word Zerg appears in the computer game Starcraft. When these animals like a beetle or an oyster are generated and surrounded in a short period of time, it is called a Zerg rush.
When Windows XP existed, the Solitaire card game that came with it became popular among everyone. Although it was added to Windows operating systems as far back as Win98, it became more popular because of XP, which was a popular operating system. This can be played by a single person and contributes to the development of mental concentration.
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There are several types such as Mahjong Solitaire, Peg, Concentration, etc. The most famous form of this is the Klondike variety of Patience type. There, we have to arrange the card pack in the order of K, Q, J, 10 to 2, and then A, just like we used to play in Windows. You can see how it plays here.
You can open this computer game by clicking the blue Play button when you search for “Solitaire” in Google search. Instead of the traditional card look, there are cute kings and queens created by Google.
How old are you now? But, still don’t know how to play Minesweeper. This is a game that has been popular with Windows since then, and it opens in a small window with lots of boxes, and when you click on two or three of them, the bomb explodes.
When we click one place here, we get a number like 1, 2, 3, 4. It tells how close a bomb is to the surrounding cells. For example, if only one cell is open and has the number 1 in it, the 8 cells around it may contain a bomb. The numbers mostly agree that there are bombs all over the area. Right-click on the boxes with bombs and you can mark them.
By searching Google for “Minesweeper” you will have the opportunity to see this old friend again. It’s even prettier and full of animations than the one on Windows.
Which of these games do you like the most?
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