Our Favorite Secret Google Easter Eggs

Screenshot of Google search results for 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 aren't the kind show in the search results image above. Instead, they 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.

Atari Breakout

Screenshot of Atari Breakout Easter Egg on 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.   

Do a Barrel Roll

Screenshot of Google Barrel Roll Easter Egg
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Google the phrase "do a barrel roll" and the whole screen will roll. You can also google the phrase "Z or R twice" to get the same result. This is also a trick to use on desktop searches. 

This trick won't work if you start from a search results page. It's only good if you do it from the Google search homepage. 

Tilt With Google

Askew Google Easter Egg
Google

Google the word "askew" and when the search results are returned, the whole screen will tilt. It's a great demonstration of the definition of the word. This is a trick that will also work from desktop searches. 

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." 

Zerg Rush

Screenshot of Google Zerg Rush Easter Egg

Google "zerg rush," and you'll see the "o" letters from Google start raining down the screen and destroying the search results.

This is also a game, and you can click on the falling o's multiple times to stop them. Each time you click an "o" the life line above it will get shorter. It takes about three clicks to destroy the letter. Eventually, there will be too many, and they will eat all the search results anyway.

Once you're defeated, the o's will form a giant "GG" in the empty search results, for "good game." 

To keep the game going longer, try playing on a touch-screen device where you can tap faster than you can click with a mouse.

Anagram

Screenshot of Google's Anagram/Nag a Ram Easter egg

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

Your first reaction might be "Seriously? Do that many people search for "nag a ram"? And why in the world would you nag a ram, anyway?" But, don't be so quick to judge. "Nag a ram," is an anagram for anagram. Say that three times fast! 

Recursion

Screenshot of Google's Recursion Easter egg

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.  

An Easter Egg as an Easter Egg

Screenshot of Google's mathematical Easter egg

Google this:

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.