Did You Know You Can Play Atari Breakout on Google Image Search? How Awesome is That

If you’re been an online person for more than a year or so, you already know that Google loves to include cute easter eggs in their products, like the cool long time ago in a galaxy far far away trick we recently learned about.

What is an easter egg you ask?

Well, the idea behind the google easter eggs or any other easter egg for that matter, is that your normal interface or design can transform into something completely different when you input a few very specific keywords or phrases. For the more seasoned gamers who remember the days of Nintendo NES ( How can you forget ) in those games there were a lot of easter eggs and that made the whole experience much more entertaining.

But this little genius trick really takes the cake. Just head over to Google Image Search and type in the words ” atari breakout “. You can also just use this link if you’re too lazy to write. Fair warning though, once you click the link, you will suddenly notice it’s tomorrow and you have been playing this very addictive game for 24 hours straight. Just saying.

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 So what will happen if I insert the query ” atari breakout ” into the Google Image Search? 

Just for those who actually made it this far because they didn’t fully understand the concept. When you type in those exact words in the Google Image search, don’t be confused with the regular Google Search, you need to go to google.com and below the search bar click on the  ” Images ” tab. only than type the ” atari breakout ” query.

Here’s a quick video showing exactly how to do it and what happens:

Here’s how the game looks like on the google search

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After the game is over, you have the option to share your score with your friends, challenge them to beat your score and get in on the fun. This is the message you will send to friends:

“I played #breakout on Google Image Search! I made it to level x in Image Breakout! Can you beat my score of xx?”

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The original version of the game was developed by a pre-Apple Steve Wozniak after his friend Steve Jobs promised Atari founder Nolan Bushnell that he could deliver a prototype in just four days. While this Google version may not have quite as storied a history, it stands out as one of the more elaborate Easter eggs we’ve seen from the search giant.

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Atari Breakout game was developed by Steve Wozniak before apple and after his long time friend Steve Jobs promised Atari founder Nolan Bushnell that they can deliver a working prototype within 4 days. The game was first introduced to the world 37 years ago on the vintage popular game console The Atari 2600:

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via: Reuters

To play the game all you need to know is that there are four or five rows of blocks, Blue,Green,Yellow,Orange and Red. When the game starts you see a grey ball starting to move upwards, when it hits a block it disappears and starts coming down back to the bottom of the screen. You need to move the blue bar at the bottom left or right to make sure the ball will not fall of the screen. You get five balls before the game is over.

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And if we didn’t specify how cool this is, this is freaking cool.


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