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How to Activate Google’s Surprise Birthday Spinner

Posted by Arch on October 21, 2019
Google surprise birthday spinner

Life without Google has become quite hard to imagine. The world’s most popular and biggest search engine sure has made our lives much easier. People use Google so much, chances are everybody knows what Google’s doodles are. However, did you know that Google released the ultimate doodle for its 19th birthday called the Google Birthday Surprise Spinner?

Stay tuned to find more about this treasure of the past.

About Doodles and the Spinner

Doodles are another name for Google’s alternate logos whose goal is to memorialize certain events, such as influential people’s birth and death dates, national holidays, historical achievements, etc. Some Doodles can also take you to a mini-game or showcase interesting animations.

On September 27, 2002, the first ever Birthday Doodle was put online, so that’s the perceived date of Google’s inception. In reality, though, its date of birth is unknown. On September 27, 2017, the Google Surprise Birthday Spinner, the biggest Doodle yet, has seen the light of day.

This Doodle, consisting of a spinning wheel that, when spun, takes you to one of the nineteen memorable past Doodles, was Google’s way of celebrating its nineteenth birthday.

What follows is an overview of these nineteen super-special doodles.

Google’s 15th Birthday Doodle

For its own 15th birthday, Google made a little game where the characters are its letters, who are trying to get as many candies as possible from the piñata, something they need your help with.

Snake

Thanks to the Birthday Spinner, you can also play the Snake game inside of Google. This is a 1970s arcade game that later becomes popular thanks to its inclusion in most Nokia mobile phones.

Solitaire

Klondike, a famous Solitaire version, can also be played inside of Google’s website. This adaption, like many others, lets you choose the difficulty level and has an “Undo” function.

Solitaire

Tic-Tac-Toe

Remade as one of the Doodles, this classic game appears in Google each time you look up its name. It’s also included in the Surprise Birthday Spinner.

Tic-Tac-Toe

Pac-Man

On its 30th birthday in May 2010, this classic arcade game was also featured on Google. For this occasion, Google has also made a map that resembles its logo.

The Theremin

If you’ve ever wondered what a theremin is or how it sounds, this Doodle is for you, as it teaches you how to play this interesting instrument. This Doodle features the late Clara Rockmore, a virtuoso of this instrument.

Oskar Fischinger Doodle

Oskar Fischinger was an animator that made animations accompanied by music. The interesting thing is that he made these animations before any sort of music videos even existed. This Doodle lets you create your own music pieces by using notes onscreen and your own imagination.

Beethoven’s Birthday Doodle

Help this famous composer put back together his best-known works after facing a series of mishaps on his way to the concert hall. This Doodle is dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven’s 245th birthday.

Arpeggio Experiment

This little app, developed by Yotam Mann, was made to show how arpeggios work. Its goal is to introduce them to people. Arpeggios are chords that only have one note played at a time.

Hip-Hop’s Birthday

To celebrate the 44th birthday of this music genre, Google made a Doodle that lets you learn about the history of hip-hop while scratching turntables like an actual DJ.

Earth Day Quiz

To celebrate Earth Day and raise the awareness about the state of our planet and its protection, the Doodle for April 22nd 2015 was a random little quiz that Google came up with. The task is simple: answer the questions to see which animal you are.

Quiz

Scoville Scale Game

In honor of the 151st birthday of Wilbur Scoville, who came up with a scale for measuring a pepper’s spiciness, this 2016 mini-game is all about fighting peppers with ice cream to save the world from heat.

Valentine’s Day Doodle

For Valentine’s Day 2017, the Doodle was a mini-game about pangolins finding love. This way, Google aimed to raise awareness about the only known mammal in the world with scales that’s facing extinction.

Halloween Doodle

Unsurprisingly, there’s a Halloween Doodle as well. This one is about a cat trying to defend its school of magic by fending off pesky ghosts trying to surround and approach it.

Halloween

The Pony Express

For the 155th anniversary of the Pony Express, an old mail service consisting of riders delivering letters from one side of the country to the other on horseback, this 2015 Doodle accepts you as one of its members.

Animal Sounds

Did you ever wonder what a panda or a Komodo dragon sounds like? If so, you’ll like this one. This Doodle is all about the sounds that various animals make, from dogs and cats to anteaters and yaks.

Darwin’s Living Laboratory

While not really a Doodle, this special version of Google Maps lets you go underwater and explore the Galapagos Islands. It’s dedicated to Charles Darwin and his observation of this place’s wildlife.

Cricket Cricket

Made in 2017 in celebration of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Trophy, this game is about – you guessed it – cricket with crickets. It is one of the most popular Doodle games.

The Breathing Exercise

For health awareness reasons as well as to help users calm down in stressful situations, Google made this app that shows you how to breathe to relieve stress. You can access it simply by Google searching “breathing exercise.”

Doodling Around

There are many different Google Doodles made for different reasons. This time, however, it’s all about having fun and learning about various topics in the process. If you’re looking for a way to kill some time, this is a good way to do it, as it’s both fun and educational.

What’s your favorite Doodle game? Which other Doodles would you like to see from Google in the foreseeable future? Get your imagination going and share your ideas in the comments below.

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