Gaming On Google
Search engine giant Google, recently released yet another way to help you waste time, an in-browser Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe gaming option.
Google is widely known not just as a search engine but for its fun and quirky doodles as well. Lesser known however, are the Easter Eggs that it likes to leave hidden for users to stumble across when browsing for something. From tricks like the ‘do a barrel roll’, to sounds of different animals and engaging games in colourful doodles, the search engine has released fun gems every few years. This time the eggs are sure to take hours of your productivity away and have you discreetly playing Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe on your browser at all hours of the day.
Simply open your Google browser on your desktop or from your phone app and type in the name of either game. Both games have different levels of difficulty to choose from. If Solitaire is your game of choice, you can select from the ‘easy’ and ‘hard’ options to test your skills. You can also undo a move you make or simply restart the game.
If however, you are looking for something easier to help you while away time, search for Tic-Tac-Toe and start with the easy level for a certain win. A more confidant player can choose the ‘medium’ level or take it up a notch and attempt to beat the computer in Google’s ‘impossible’ level of naughts and crosses. Players can also challenge a nearby friend to a game by choosing the ‘play against a friend’ option.
While the Google games are generally embedded into the doodle, this addition of the game to the search browser is an attempt to draw users back to the search engine and away from the numerous other browser options that are available. In a research done by Rescue Time, it was estimated that $120 million was lost in productivity time on the day Google released a doodle with the hugely popular Pac-Man game embedded into it.
Google also recently launched the ‘flip a coin’ option to help you make that quick decision, and the ‘what sound does a cow make’ search option to accurately identify what animal you might be hearing! The Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe search nuggets, are certain to occupy at least some of your time whenever you browse aimlessly. So whenever you’re bored whip out your phone and get Googling!
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by techtalks @TechTalks September 14, 2016 6:01 AM UTC