Google hid a new game on its homepage, here's how to play it

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Google has hidden a new Easter-Egg, a secret game, on the search engine's home page. This old-school, all-text adventure game in the inspector's console is reminiscent of the very first computer “games” at the beginnings of computing. Here's how to play it!

Did you know that a new game is hiding on Google's homepage? Don't look for a new Doodle: to launch it, you have to perform an action before opening the Inspector's web console – the debugging program included with your browser. This game is obviously made for Chrome, but should run smoothly in any browser with a console. However, it requires understanding English.



How to Launch Secret Text Adventure Game on Google Home Page

To launch this secret game, follow this sequence of actions:

  • In Google Chrome (we haven't tested with Safari or Firefox, but those should work too) go to Google
  • Look for Text Adventure in the search box
  • Right-click on the page and click Inspect
  • Go to the tab Sideboard
  • In the left column, click 3 info

At the very end, in the space on the right you will then see the sentence “Would you like to play a game?” (Do you want to play a game?)

  • type yes then press Starter

From there, the story begins and instructions are displayed. You can enter commands: north, south, east, west, up, down, grab, why, inventory, use, help, exits, map, and friends. In the second half of the page, the script is displayed, you can then enter one of these actions to advance in the game. Despite the fact that this game is only in text, you will only be able to see that you quickly find yourself wanting to finish it at all costs.



Incidentally, the first games in history were exactly like that: they were relatively easy to program, and didn't require any powerful configuration. Perhaps the three best known titles to date are Colossal Cave Adventure (1977), Zork (1979) and the game based on the famous Roman The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1984). Have you played it? What did you think of it? Share your opinion in the comments.





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