Sunday, 26 March 2017 05:34

5 Secret Games On The Internet You Never Knew Existed

By  [Source: This article was published in By Awesome Jelly]

It isn't hard to find games online, but there are some prominent websites that have games you won't easily find on your own. They're little secret Easter Egg games that are extremely entertaining ways to waste your time.

Here are 5 secret games that exist in your favorite apps and websites:

1. Chrome's Offline Dinosaur Game

Screenshot of dinosaur game on Google Chrome.
Screenshot of dinosaur game on Google Chrome. Lisa Winter / A Plus

"There is no internet connection" is about as soul-crushing a statement as "there is no Santa Claus" or "there is no Coke, only Pepsi."

Google Chrome decided to soften the blow of being disconnected with an adorable little dinosaur, but they even upped the ante by making the little guy interactive. 

Starting the game is simple: when the dinosaur pops up and breaks the news that there isn't an internet connection, press the space bar. The dinosaur automatically begins to race forward across the landscape. Hit the space bar again to jump over the cacti and to avoid the pterosaurs that come later on.

Thanks Google, for letting us waste our time even without an internet connection!

2. Google's Zerg Rush

Screenshot of "Zerg Rush
Screenshot of "Zerg Rush" on Google. Lisa Winter / A Plus

StarCraft players are familiar with a Zerg Rush, a swarm attack. If you do a search for the term on Google, the action comes to life as a horde of Os attack the search result page. The only way to defeat them before they can eat all of the text on the page is to quickly click on them individually. Move fast, because just like a rush of Zergs in StarCraft, you're severely outnumbered.

3. Facebook Messenger's Basketball

Screenshot of the basketball game on Facebook Messenger.
Screenshot of the basketball game on Facebook Messenger. Lisa Winter / A Plus

Playing mindless games on your own is fun, but it's even better when you can compete against a friend. Using the Facebook Messenger app, send a friend the basketball emoji, then click on it. It opens into a fun little basketball game where you swipe up on the ball to shoot, seeing how many baskets in a row you get. You and a friend take turns, seeing who can get the highest score. The game couldn't be simpler, which makes it that much more crushing when the ball bounces off the rim.

4. Facebook Messenger's Chess

Screenshot of chess on Facebook Messenger
Screenshot of chess on Facebook Messenger Lisa Winter / A Plus

For more dignified FB Messenger users who want a bigger challenge than the basketball game, simply send "@fbchess play" to a friend to start a game of chess. The opponent goes first and the game proceeds as normal until someone gets a checkmate or it gets to the point where it just seems easier to call off the friendship than continue with the game.

5. Google Image's Atari Breakout

Screenshot of "Atari Breakout
Screenshot of "Atari Breakout" on Google Images. Lisa Winter / A Plus

For some retro fun, simply go to Google Images and type in "Atari Breakout." The search result screen morphs into a version of the classic 1976 game, with colorful blocks of different sizes. Using the arrow keys, the player moves the paddle back and forth, hitting the ball into the bricks until they have all been removed. You get four lives per game, should the ball fall past the paddle. The game also features all the classics beeps and boops for sound effects, which can be muted if that's not your thing.

[Source: This article was published in By Awesome Jelly - Uploaded by the Association Member: Carol R. Venuti] 


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