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Google’s Latest Easter Egg Brings Atari Breakout Game To Image Search

by on May 14, 2013

Add this to the big list of Google easter eggs: Do an image search for “atari breakout,” and you’ll be able to play the classic video game online, right in your search results.

In fact, the image search results become the bricks that you have to eliminate as you play the game. Google is calling the game “Image Breakout.” You can use your mouse or the arrow keys on your keyboard to control your paddle, and when you’ve used up all five chances, you can share your score on Google+.




I’m not sure who reported/discovered this first (if it matters); TechCrunch, who may have been first, is saying that the easter egg is in honor of Breakout’s 37th anniversary.

Google has had other game-related easter eggs in the past. You can still see the Starcraft-inspired zerg rush search results. And there was (is?) a flight simulator easter egg in Google Earth, too. (You can also still play Pac-Man on Google, but that was doodle-related, not an easter egg.)

Related Topics: Channel: Search | Google | Google: Easter Eggs | Google: Images

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