Time seems to slow down when you get bored and can’t find ways to pass the time. Fortunately, Google has you covered: You don’t need a computer or a game console, as Google has secret mini-games in almost every product, from Chrome and Search to Google Earth.
These include old favorites like Pac-Man and Tic-Tac-Toe, as well as some Google originals like the hidden dinosaur game. If you’re bored, struggling with ways to count back hours, and desperately avoiding daily work, these hidden Google games could be the answer. Here are 7 games you can try right now.
Also, be sure to check out our YouTube channel where we post a short video reviewing some of the Google games we mentioned below:
Flight simulator (Google Earth)
Flight Simulator is the game that all aviation geeks have installed on their PC, but it is a special experience for most users. If you’ve ever been curious about boarding a cockpit and flying your own plane, you don’t need a copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator to do so; all you need is the hidden Google Earth Pro game installed on your PC.
To play Flight Simulator, all you need to do is start Google Earth Pro and press Ctrl + Alt + A to start the flight simulator window. It allows you to choose the plane and the start location, as well as allowing you to control the simulator using a joystick.
Try it: it’s completely free to play. Like the Microsoft equivalent, Google Earth Flight Simulator is a pretty hard “game” to get your head around, but it’s also a fun way to explore the planet without leaving home.
Google Dinosaur Game (Google Chrome)
If you’ve ever wondered why you see a dinosaur in Google Chrome when you lose your connection while trying to access a page, don’t ask. Actually, this is a fun and hidden Google game that you can try.
In the spirit of other endless runner games like Temple Run, Google’s dinosaur mechanics are very easy to master. When you are unable to connect to a page and see the Google dino, press the button space key on the keyboard to start the game.
The dinosaur will move; when you reach an obstacle (in this game, it’s cactus), just press the space bar at the right time to jump.
It’s as simple as that. If you can’t access the page, don’t worry, because you can access one game clone free online.
Solitaire (Google Search)
Another hidden game from Google Search is the classic Solitaire game (known as Patience in some places). If you’ve ever been bored on a Windows PC, you’ll probably know this card game.
To reproduce it, write solitary (o patience game) in Google Search in any browser and press the button Play button. You can choose to play at easy or carry difficulty modes by pressing one of the options.
Once the game is run, it’s the standard Solitaire experience – just drag and drop the cards according to the rules. If you fancy a desktop version of this classic game, there are also versions of Solitaire software available to try on Windows.
If you’re looking for a hidden Google Android game, try Clouds. This casual game will only appear when you try to do a Google search on the Google Android app while your device is offline.
Once you do, you will see an animated icon next to the file No signal warning. Press it to start the Clouds game in full screen.
Clouds is a Flappy Birds-style game, so to play it, tap the touch screen to start the game, and then hold the happy-looking cloud icon in the air. You need to avoid obstacles (in other words, birds), so be sure to plan ahead once you observe them.
You will need the Google application to play it, which most Android devices should have preinstalled. If you don’t have it, install it, turn off WiFi, and try it out.
Pac-Man (Google Search)
No further explanation is needed, as everyone is familiar with the joy that a quick Pac-Man game can give you. This simple, easy and fun classic is available to play right now in any browser.
To play Pac-Man, just search pacman or pac-man in a Google search. Instead of a snippet or a typical search video, Google will provide you with a playable HTML5 version of the classic Pac-Man game at the top of your search results.
Just press the button Play to get started, then use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move around.
Google Doodle Games (Google Search)
For many years, Google has changed its logo to create new art and entertainment to hold events. Originally, they were just images, but as web technology has improved, they have evolved into interactive experiences in their own right.
Some of these old Google Doodles (as they are called) have been fun little mini-games, which can still be played on Google Doodles Archive. There are many games to try, from snowball fights to a Rubik’s cube, plus one of our favorites: basketball match to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games.
You don’t need anything special to play them, as you only need your browser. Go to the Google Doodles archive to try out these hidden Google games to pass the time.
Text Adventure (Google Chrome and Search)
Many of the games we’ve mentioned in this short list have been visual experiences, but if you’re looking for a text-based adventure, you should try the secret adventure game included in Google Search.
You’ll need to use the hidden Google Chrome console to use it. First, look text adventure in Google Search, right-click in the browser window and press Ctrl + Shift + J to open the browser console. At the console terminal, type Yes and press to enter to start playing.
Like the classic text-based adventures of the eighties and nineties, you’ll need to follow the on-screen instructions to play, advancing the game using the commands displayed on the console.
This old school adventure has to do with nostalgia; if you like the game, try it today.
Have fun with hidden Google Games
Thanks to Google’s hidden games, you don’t need to download Steam or buy a console for casual fun. Make the most of Google games like Solitaire, Tic-Tac-Toe and Flight Simulator to spend time on your mobile and computer.
Of course, if you’re looking for real gaming entertainment, you’ll need a computer or game console. If this is not affordable, subscribe to a game streaming service like GeForce Now. Let us know how you like to play your favorite games in the comments below.