We use Google every day to find mundane things or perform searches for homework or work. Haven’t you ever looked at the blank page with the day’s Google Doodle and wondered if there is more to life? Well there is and it’s called Google Gravity.
Google Gravity is a series of fun code tricks embedded into various Google pages that offer a little lighthearted entertainment for a few seconds. There are a bunch of them, many by Google themselves and others from third-parties who wanted to get in on the action. Some are more fun than others but all are worth a few seconds of your day. Here are what I think are the ten best Google Gravity tricks.
1. Google Zero Gravity
Google Zero Gravity is one of the most basic tricks but is one of the more entertaining over the longer term. Even though it does the same thing each time, it doesn’t seem to get old. Visit Google Zero Gravity here to see what I mean. Once the action is complete, the search box remains usable.
2. Google Guitar
Google Guitar is a neat trick that turns the search box surround into a guitar. Use your mouse or gesture to pluck a string and off you go. You can experiment or look underneath for a couple of well-known songs you can play. It’s a little thing but it’s a bit of fun to play with. Visit Google Guitar here.
3. Google Space
Google Space is not a page you want to visit after having a couple of drinks. It simulates zero gravity in an interesting and quite mind-bending way. It does funny things to perception and will upset those of you who prefer things in ordered lines. Nevertheless, it’s a bit of fun to watch the screen for a minute or two. Try Google Space here.
4. Google Underwater
Google Underwater is quite relaxing if you watch it long enough. It simulates being underwater and drops the search box into the ocean with fish swimming all around it. It’s simple but is a nice background to have while you’re working. Try Google Underwater here.
5. Google Pacman
Google Pacman has been around for years but is a bit of fun for a few minutes. Open the page, hit Insert Coin and play a quick round of that 80s classic within the browser. Despite being ancient, the game is as challenging as ever and offers a basic but entertaining break from work or homework. Try Google Pacman here.
6. Google Sphere
Google Sphere is another mindbender that is also a bit of mild amusement for a minute or two. The traditional Google screen from the 1990s appears and the search box stays static while all the text around it rotates in a circle simulating a sphere. This one looks old and may be another of an age like Pacman. Yet despite that, it offers a little levity in a long day. Try Google Sphere here.
7. Google Terminal
Google Terminal is one for the coders out there. It turns the usual Google search page into a 1980s MS-DOS-style code terminal. It takes a few seconds to orient yourself to the layout but once you have, it is actually very easy to use. The usual search and I’m feeling lucky options are present, you just have to work slightly harder to find them. Try Google Terminal here.
8. Epic Google
If you’re having one of those days where you’re feeling epic, this Google Gravity trick is for you. Epic Google allows you to perform an Epic Search and instead of feeling lucky you’re feeling EXCESSIVE. The search engine still performs its usual functions though so it’s all for show. A bit of fun for a while. Try Epic Google here.
9. Funny Google
Funny Google is for those who still laugh at toilet jokes, like me. It is the usual Google-style main page with another window underneath called ‘Set another name’. Enter a word into the box, press Enter and that word replaces Google above the search box. We all know what word(s) you’re going to put in there. Type your cuss word of choice into Funny Google here.
10. Zerg Rush
The final Google Gravity trick worth trying is Zerg Rush. Any gamer will recognize a Zerg Rush and while a little lower key in this Google Gravity trick, is still in the spirit of the original. This is the only trick that actively interrupts the search process but it’s such fun that we can easily forgive it! Try Zerg Rush here.