Nine hidden Google games you can play online right now

GOOGLE is not just a search engine, it can also be used to play fun and quick games – here's how.

Alphabet's Google.com is the most popular website in the world, garnering an average of 44.5 billion visits per month.


Despite that level of popularity, many users are still unaware that they can play games via Google.

These mini-games are a great way to pass the time if you're bored and some are even available without an internet connection.

Below, we have compiled a list of nine of these hidden games you can try out right now.

Pacman

Pacman launched in 1980 and it wasn't long until it became an arcade staple.

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However, you don't need to leave your house to play Pacman nowadays as the beloved game can be accessed easily on Google Chrome.

All you have to do is type "Pacman" into Search and click "Play".

Quick, Draw!

This game is kind of like Pictionary but with a robotically-voiced AI.

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In Quick, Draw!, Google gives you 20 seconds to sketch a specific object and as you’re doodling, the AI will throw out guesses in an attempt to figure out what it is you're drawing.

Soccer

If you're feeling bored, then a casual game of soccer might be just what you need.

This Google Doodle game dates back to 2012 and utilizes a simple design.

Users act as goalies and use basic controls to block shots.

You move left and right in the goal using the mouse, then click to jump for those aerial shots.

Basketball

Like Soccer, Basketball is also a Google Doodle game that came out in 2012.

This simple mini-game consists of shooting hoops from various distances.

Just hold down your mouse button to increase the power of your throw.

You also have a limited amount of time to score as many points as possible.

Tic-Tac-Toe

Google will play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe, also called noughts and crosses, against you.

All you need to do is type "Tic-Tac-Toe" into Search.

It may be harder to win than you think.

Solitaire

Solitaire is perhaps one of the most popular computer card games ever.

But did you know you can play it on Google?

Just type “Solitaire” into Google Search and hit Enter.

Snake

Snake had a cult following back in the 90s and Google Chrome is a great way to keep playing the addictive game.

Enter "play snake" into your Google Search bar and the game should pop up instantly.

Atari Breakout

Gaming fans may know Atari Breakout is renowned as an arcade classic.

It involves breaking colored blocks with a ball that you control with your space bar.

To play, type "Atari Breakout" into Google Search.

Dino Runner

Google Chrome has a secret game that only works if you turn the internet off.

Dubbed Dino Runner, the game comprises an endless runner design that sees you sprinting and hopping over obstacles to earn a high score.

It's designed to give phone and laptop users something to do when the WiFi is down.

First, you need to lose access to both WiFi and mobile internet. Turn off your internet on a computer, or switch to Airplane Mode on a phone.

Then load up Google Chrome and try to launch a website – which should fail.

You'll then see a "No internet" page with a dinosaur at the top.

On a computer, simply press the space bar and the game will active.

Then slam the space bar to jump over obstacles to earn a higher score.



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For mobile users, tap on the dinosaur with your finger – then tap the screen to make the dinosaur jump.

The highest possible score is 99,999 – but it's a hard target to hit unless you're a dedicated gamer.

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