Our Favorite Secret Google Easter Eggs

Known for being a company that "works hard and plays hard," Google has made a game of introducing playful Easter eggs and other jokes into its products, most notably Google search. These Easter eggs take the form of inside jokes and hidden features that are often difficult to discover. Here are our favorite Google Easter eggs of all time.

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Atari Breakout

Atari Breakout Google Search
Google

This one is a two-step Easter egg. You can find a secret game by first searching for the phrase "Atari Breakout" and then clicking on the Google Images link in the search results. You'll get an "image breakout" game complete with sound effects.   

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Do a Barrel Roll

This is similar to the "tilt" trick. Google the phrase "do a barrel roll" and the whole screen will roll. This is also a trick to use on desktop searches. 

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Tilt With Google

Askew Google Easter Egg
Google

Google the word "tilt" and the whole screen will tilt. Searching for "askew" will do the same thing. This is a trick that will work from desktop searches. 

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Bletchley Park

Search for "bletchley park," and the Google Place name will show up with an animated simulation of a code being deciphered. This is because, as explained on the result, "Bletchley Park, in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was the central site of the United Kingdom's Government Code and Cypher School." 

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Zerg Rush

Zerg Rush
Google

Google "zerg rush," and you'll see a game where the "o" from Google will start raining down the screen and destroying the search results. This is also a game, and you can click on the falling o's to stop them, although they'll probably eventually eat all the search results anyway. Once you're defeated, the o's will form a giant "GG" at the top of the screen, for "good game." 

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Anagram

  If you search for "anagram," Google will ask if you meant "nag a ram." 

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Recursion

Recursion
Google

If you search for "recursion," Google will ask if you meant recursion. If you didn't get it, this is a joke because a recursive definition is a definition that contains the item being defined as part of the definition.  

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An Easter Egg as an Easter Egg

Google this:

1.2+(sqrt(1-(sqrt(x^2+y^2))^2) + 1 - x^2-y^2) * (sin (10000 * (x*3+y/5+7))+1/4) from -1.6 to 1.6

It doesn't have to be Easter, but you do need a modern Web browser. Internet Explorer will probably disappoint you. Well, that's just generally true. 

What you're seeing here is the awesome power of Google's hidden calculator

A Word of Caution

Easter eggs are all undocumented and hidden features, and they could disappear without notice at any point.
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