Google is continually keeping us on our toes, and not just in the arena of digital analytics , pay-per-click or SEO. Entertaining us with their daily doodles and hiding “easter eggs” is part of the fun-side of Google that we all enjoy. Here are some of Stikky Media’s favorite Google tricks we pulled out of Google’s magic hat.
Do A Barrel Roll
One of the first “easter eggs” released by Google, “do a barrel roll” is a popular Google search trick released in 2011 and, is still active today.
To experience an authentic Google-style barrell roll, type the words “do a barrel roll” into Google’s search engine. Hit enter and watch your screen do a 360-degree turn!
With a clever click of an icon in Google search, Marvel comics’ super-villain Thanos can release the power of the Infinity Gauntlet directly on your screen!
To feel the power of the Infinity Gauntlet:
First, type the name Thanos into the Google search query and hit enter.
Second, click on the Infinity Gauntlet icon located on the right-hand side of the screen.
Watch as the words mystically disappear from your screen as the magical gauntlet’s powers “whoosh” about. The trick will finish in about 30 seconds. To replace the missing text, simply click on the Infinity Gauntlet icon a second time; the search page will magicaly return to normal.
Green Hill Zone
Enter the words “Green Hill Zone”, aka the first level of the iconic 1991 video game Sonic, into Google for a fun throwback to the classic Sega game.
This Google trick is similar to Thanos, as the icon of the game, a blue hedgehog, is responsive when clicked on. Click on the Sonic the Hedgehog icon to hear the ear-splitting tone made legendary in the early ’90s. Keep the fun going by clicking the icon a total of 25 times to see Sonic become powered up.
Roll a Dice
Google the phrase “roll a dice” into the search engine for a virtual dice throwing experience. You can choose from several different die styles and combinations. Click on the blue “roll” button to initiate the dice rolling.
An easy way to play any number of dice related games on the fly!
Type in the word “askew” into your Google search bar and watch your screen shift slightly down and to the right, essentially, going askew itself. One of our favorite Google tricks!
This one’s a Google oldie, but still a goodie. 🙂
A quick entry of the words “Pac-Man” and you’ll be playing the classic arcade game in seconds.
Enjoy the rush of being chased by pastel-colored ghosts, without running out of quarters!
Want to see Google colored circles jerkily move there way down your page while you try to click on them? Then search the words “Zerg Rush” for a fun and quick challenge.
Red and yellow circles will descend down your screen, erasing all the text, then migrate back up to form 2 uppercase“G”’s.
This Google easter egg pays tribute to another classic video game. This time, it’s the 1998 strategic game Starcraft.
Google has some pretty amazing tricks up their sleeve, some are for fun, but many are extremely useful too. Here are a few perks from Google, for anyone to use, just by making simple queries:
This is one of the most practical Google tricks. If you need quick access to do some number crunching, say, when it’s time to split a bill, double-check receipt charges, or figure out tip amount, Google is there to help!
Enter “calculator” into your Google platform and a handy-dandy calculator will pop up.
Language barriers can be broken down with Google’s translator services. A wonderful tool to use when traveling or, in other language-restrictive situations. Google translator, like almost all things Google, is quick, easy-to-use, and powerful.
Enter your UPS, USPS, or FedEx tracking number into Google for a quick update on your package’s location. How handy is that?
Google has added others like Atari Breakout, Recursion and more – but our list is a great start!
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