Procrastination when you’re at work is hard. I mean, there’s only so many times you can get up to make a cup of tea, start up a conversation with your desk neighbour or watch another episode of Game of Thrones.
Luckily, this is where these Google games come in. Not only do they help cast your boredom to one side, they also allow you to look seriously absorbed in what’s on your screen. It’s win-win basically. And thankfully, there’s a huge list of games for us to get through. Here you go:
OK, let’s start with a classic: that epic game we used to play on our Nokia 3310s has been given the Google makeover for Chinese New Year 2013. It’s not quite the same (you can’t commit snake suicide by colliding with yourself, and you’re eating pasties and donuts rather than, uh, pixels), but it’s still just as hypnotic.
This one is better than it looks, I promise. Google Feud asks you to guess the top 10 search queries for a particular phrase. While it’s pretty fun, it’s also fairly depressing. I mean, 9,000 people have searched “what is the number for 911”. Kill me now.
Created in 2010 for Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary, Google’s bespoke Pac-Man game ended up wasting a combined 4,819,352 hours and £78 million worth of lost time. Whoops.
Good job they didn’t decide to keep the game around permanently. Oh, wait, they did.
Build With Chrome
God it’s awful being an adult. If it wasn’t bad enough that we have to go at least 8 hours during the day without having a nap, it’s also apparently socially unacceptable to bring your Lego into work. Thankfully Chrome has come up trumps with their own Build With Chrome online game – and there are no pesky Lego pieces to leave lying around waiting to unleash hell on the sole of your foot.
It’s always good to have a zombie emergency plan to hand, but it’s even better if you can practise it. Streetview Zombie Apocalypse allows you to wander your local area on Google Streetview, all while trying to avoid the traps of oncoming comical zombies.
This one’s as frustrating as hell. GeoGuessr drops you in a random Streetview spot around the world, and you have to guess just whereabouts you are. The good news is that you can explore your surroundings in order to pick up clues such as road signs, posters and car registration numbers. But seriously. It’s not until you start playing this game that you realise that just about every field in the world looks exactly the same.
Having created over 2,000 doodles for the homepage, it would be a shame for Google to let them all go to waste. But, fret not. We have access to the whole doodle back-catalogue, including some pretty epic games.
Searching the page for ‘Games’ brings up some of the best-loved interactive ones from over the years. Our personal favourite is the Doctor Who game created for the show’s 50th anniversary.
Google Chrome Games
If none of these Google games are good enough for you, make sure to check out the free games on the Chrome Web Store. While you’ve got access to a load of themes and extensions that would probably be quite handy for work, why bother when you’ve got games like Princess Arya (below) to download?! It’s basically Super Mario Brothers. But pinker.