10 Fun Easter Eggs With Google Search You Should Try Right Now
Sometimes I just forget how fun hidden Easter eggs are on Google search results pages. My favorite memory of one of them happened with the release of Avengers: Endgame and Thanos’ glove. To this day, I remember that interaction with Joe like it was yesterday.
We were all still working for the PR firm that preceded our full-time Chrome Unboxed business, and a whole bunch of us took the afternoon off to watch the latest movie in the Avengers cinematic storyline. That morning I saw the Google Easter egg that appeared when you searched for Thanos (he turned half your search results to dust, but he’s sadly gone now) and while we were having food before going to the theatre, I excitedly told Joe everything.
The look of confusion on his face was clear, and that’s when I realized Joe hadn’t been looking. any Marvel movies that came before Avengers: Endgame, and I was blown away. Explaining the fact that Thanos had snapped and turned 50% of life forms into dust, Joe began to understand the fun Easter egg. From there we went to the cinema where he was largely confused and I was moved to tears a few times during the 3 hour runtime of one of the best superhero movies ever made.
I’m telling this story to highlight the fun that can be had with Google’s Easter Eggs. Some are very timely and some are just interesting, but they’re all fun. Knowing these little hidden tricks won’t always make you more productive or give you superpowers, but they’re fun things to know and show people every once in a while just for the sake of it. So let’s unbox some of my favorites that I think you should try.
There are quite a few of these easter eggs that have stood the test of time, and one of them is Pac-Man in your Google search. Just search for “Pac-Man” and you will see a top result that will allow you to play Pac-Man Google Doodle right away. The board obviously isn’t your classic Pac-Man layout, but the game lives up to it and is more fun than ever.
This one is fun and technically contains six hidden gems. By using full character names in Friends, you can get a quick quirk-based character-specific animation with each one. Ross’ pivot, Joey’s love of food, Monica’s cleaning habits: you get it. Try searching for all six!
- Joey Tribbiani
- Monica Geller
- Ross Geller
- Rachel Green
- Chandler Bing
- Phoebe Buffay
Another fun and time-consuming game you can play with a simple search is the age-old favorite, Solitaire. Just search for “Solitaire” and hit the play button to start a game. Easy mode is a one-card flip and hard mode is a more standard 3-card draw. The rest is as simple as you remember, and at your fingertips at all times too.
Toss a coin
Have you ever needed to decide something with a simple coin toss and you don’t have a coin to hand? Google has you covered if you just search for “toss a coin”. It’s simple, effective and useful if you need it!
Super Mario Brothers
Although it would be great if you could play a little Super Mario Bros. in your browser via Google search, that’s not exactly what this one does. Searching for “Super Mario Brothers” simply gives you a fun coin block in your rich search results, allowing you to click or tap it as you please and hear the iconic Mario coin sound.
There are few games more classic than Tic-Tac-Toe. Like Solitaire, this fast-paced game is available with a simple “Tic-Tac-Toe” search. You will have the option of playing against an easy, average or “impossible” opponent, or simply against a friend.
Fidget or Wheel Spinner
Sometimes you just need something to do with your hands. Fidget spinners may not be as popular as they used to be, but they’re still fun to play with. If you feel the urge to do so and you don’t have a fidget spinner, just search for “fidget spinner” and you can spin one virtually on screen. There’s also a drop-down list to let you spin a 6-section wheel for those times when you need a random selection.
Roll a dice
Again, many games require a dice to be rolled and you may or may not have one available. Fear not because a simple search for “roll the dice” gives you a huge selection of dice with all sorts of side selections. Choose your dice and click the Roll button and your digital dice will be rolled. Easy.
Barrel and sideways
Although these types of Easter eggs have been on Google for a very long time, they are still fun to know. Just search for “do a barrel roll” and your results page will do just that. Search for “crooked” and your results page will come out a little crooked: not enough to be unusable, but not quite straight from top to bottom either.
Cha Cha Slide
Finally, one of my favorite and funniest Easter Eggs comes in the form of the Cha-Cha Slide. The song that has become a staple of any dance, celebration, party or wedding is also deeply integrated into Google Search, allowing you to make your search results page do all the parts of the Cha-Cha slide. as you wish. It’s really fun!
That’s it for this list, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more of these fun, hidden talents for Google’s search pages. Google is adding more all the time, and there are some on this list that one day won’t be around. I hope you try it all out and have a little fun with it all. And hopefully the next time you need to roll the dice or flip a coin, Google can help you out a bit with this kind of simple task as well.