It’s 10am. You’re staring at those spreadsheets with a tear in your eye. You’re dying to play something to push back the dread in your mind but hell, your supervisor has blocked every fun site on the internet. How can you alleviate this existential crisis?
Fortunately, a Redditor recently found a secret text adventure game in the source code of Chrome that will serve as a little distraction to your existential crisis.
While on Chrome, head to Google and type “text adventure” into the search box. Right-click anywhere on the search result page and select “inspect element”
When the inspector pops up, select the console tab and voilá, you have found grace.
Beneath a warning that reminds users not to introduce anything malicious into the code, the console asks: “Would you like to play a game? (yes/no).”
The hidden text adventure is a quest to locate the missing letters of the Google logo. In the story, you’re placed in Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, with “a statue of a metal man peeking out of a building” and “a park…just across the street”.
With simple orientation and action commands like “grab”, “use” and “inventory”, your task is to find the letters that comprise the Google logo. You can type “help” for instructions and a list of all commands available.
The whole game takes around 30-60 minutes to complete, which is quite enough to help you survive until lunch.
Google is famous for embedding a host of curious and quirky easter eggs in its products.
This text adventure is not the only minigame inside Chrome. There is also a Dinosaur platformer, but you have to be offline to access it. When offline, Chrome displays a message to indicate to the user that there is no internet connection. Above the “Unable to connect to the Internet” headline you’ll see an 8-bit illustration of a dinosaur running in a desert jumping over cacti.
If you tap the dinosaur in Android or iOS, or press space or the up arrow key on desktop, the browser will launch the game “T-Rex Runner” in which you control the running dinosaur by tapping the screen (Android or iOS) or pressing space and the up and down arrows of your keyboard (desktop).
The objective is to jump over the cacti, pterodactyls and other quirky obstacles.
Now if you get caught at work, remember, you didn’t hear anything from us.