For years, there’s been a hidden Atari Breakout game available to play on Google Search. Here’s the correct way to find and play the game in 2022.
There’s a hidden Atari Breakout Easter egg game available to play in Google Search — but only if you know how to find it. This is one of many Google-related Easter eggs that have been released in the past and are still available today. While this one can be accessed in the same general way as the others, the process is a little different due to the unique nature of the Easter egg.
By modern-day standards, Breakout is hardly the most visually or mentally stimulating game. After all, it is just another version of Pong. However, when Breakout first launched back in 1976, it was very much a product of its time. It was a game that instantly attracted demand and proved to be a hit. While not responsible for the name or the idea, Breakout was designed for Atari by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
While Breakout launched in 1976, the Google Search version was added in 2013 to mark the 37th anniversary of the original. Directly inspired by the classic version of the game, Google’s implementation makes a nice change to the usual Google Search experience. Players have the option of using the arrow keys on their keyboard (or their mouse) to play the game. With no clicking involved, you’ll have five lives to generate the highest score you can by breaking through as many blocks as possible.
Finding Atari Breakout On Google Search
With most Google Search Easter eggs, finding them is as simple as searching for the correct search term. While that’s technically true this time as well, there’s an extra step needed to properly find and play the Search version of Breakout. The search term you need to use is ‘Atari Breakout.’ If you perform the search normally, Google Search returns the normal results, including links to official sites and resources. Although folks could previously access the game by searching through the Images section of Google Search, that’s no longer the case. The correct and current way to find the Easter egg in 2022 is to visit Google Search, type ‘Atari Breakout’ into the search bar, and click ‘I’m Feeling Lucky.’
Again, if you don’t use the Lucky search option, then the Easter egg won’t load as intended. The same is true of Google Search Images. It’ll showcase numerous screenshots of the Google game, but no actual game for you to play. If you want to play Breakout in Google Search, you have to search from it with that Lucky button.
Lastly, the process is slightly different if trying to access the game through Google Search on a smartphone. Open the web browser on your phone, head to Google, do a normal search for ‘Atari Breakout,’ and tap the first link (it should be from ‘elgoog.im). Tap that link, and the game starts up instantly. While it doesn’t technically happen within Google Search as it does on desktop, it’s the exact same game you’d expect.
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