What is an Easter Egg?
No, we won’t talk about boiled easter eggs but about hidden jokes, messages, features in Google services.
As Wikipedia states: An Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in a work such as a computer program, video game, movie, book, or crossword puzzle. The name has been said to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt.
Google Play Apps
In late 80s, video game developer Konami created a special cheat code that could be used on the company’s video games. When players input “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start” during the game’s title sequence, they could unlock 30 extra lives to get through the game instead of the standart three. So, Google used the Konami Code in Google Play, swiping in the Google Play Games mobile app will unlock a clever achievement that reads, “All your games belong to us”, in Google voice search saying the Konami Code will grant you “free searches”, and in Google’s Chromebook Pixel, typing in the code will make the LCD stripe on the outside of the computer blink in a frenzy of various colors.
Google Search Tricks
Google’s primary product has always been the search page, so this could be the reason that the largest amount of Easter Eggs can be found in it.
- “Do a barrel roll” or “Z or R Twice” – will make your search results do a complete 360-degree spin.
- “Atari Breakout” – will launch a playable version of the addictive video game using the image results, this is a direct reference to the video game Star Fox 64 for the Nintendo 64 video game console. (search in images.google.com)
- “Tilt” or “Askew” – the results should appear on a slightly tilted search page.
- “Anagram” or “Define Anagram” – will result in Google asking if you meant “Nag A Ram.” or “Nerd Fame Again”.
- “answer to life the universe and everything” – in a tribute to “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy” you’ll get the number 42.
- “Google in 1998” – this will make the search engine to travel back in time and give you a glimpse of its pre-millennium look.
- “Zerg rush” – a gameplay of the popular online game Starcraft, fight for your search results using your computer’s mouse.
- Hobbit House – dedicated to the fans of JRR Tolkien’s novels The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Type in “The Shire” or “Mordor” into the directions box and you’ll get directions to venture on a quest to save Middle Earth.
- Police Telephone Box – this immediately takes you to the location in South West London, using Street View you can enter the old fashioned police box positioned outside Earl’s Court station by clicking the double white arrows in front of the box.
Google Chrome Hidden Game
In the new version of Google Chrome there’s a cute T-Rex dinosaur endless runner game. The mission is to survive running and jumping over cacti. The game is accessible when the browser detects you’re offline and the “Unable to connect to Internet” error appears.
When you press the space bar, the game will start and the T-Rex will jump. The ground will extend to the right and he’ll start running. The main idea is to get a higher score, although if you’ll refresh the page the score will be lost, but let’s hope that at that time you’ll already have a connection to the Internet.
Not everybody knows that there is a built-in flight simulator in Google Earth app. First you choose between the airplane you want to fly on and then you fly admiring some great views from above. To enter Flight Simulator just go to Tools > Enter Flight Simulator or just press CTRL + Alt + A from your keyboard, then choose your airplane, your start position and Start flying!
- “Webdriver torso” – searching this two keywords in YouTube will change results background in red and blue
- “doge meme” – this two keyword will change results page font to Comic Sans and will show test in various colors
- “use the force, Luke” – in memory of Star War, the search results will show videos using Star Wars effect.
- “Do the Harlem Shake” – YouTube results page will dance Harlem Shake for you