For those who maybe don’t mindlessly browse the Internet, or those who have Internet so quick that you have never seen a page unloaded, there is a sneaky secret hidden by those devious fellows over at Google. I am of course talking about the story behind the dinosaur.
For those who still have no idea what I am talking about, open your Chrome browser and try to load a page without an Internet connection. What you will see after a while is a white page branded with words such as “the webpage is not available”. Now beyond the pure shock of not having the page load, you will also see a dinosaur at the top seemingly minding his own business. But it’s your lucky day, if you are a fan of the gaming variety, because click on that dinosaur and hit the space button and you get an instant time killing game.
The game itself is a simple endless runner that combines prehistoric history with what we can assume to be a Wild West theme, as you will have to control the dinosaur over various cacti. Hit the space bar to hop and try to build up your high score, this will also be saved, for as long as you are on the same page, to give you a target to aim for.
While story may be lacking, its purpose isn’t. I didn’t discover this recently and I certainly don’t take credit for its reveal. There have been many sources letting the world know this exists so check them out. However, recently I was put through hell when I had to spend all day without an Internet connection and this beautify simple game became my salvation.
While it’s simply executed, the effort is very much appreciated. From a gaming point of view, it sends a message that you can make even the worst things a bit of fun, and from a nerdy point of view the hidden nature of the game makes it pretty cool.
While I called this a review, I won’t give it a score – why would you need to? I’m also hoping that you never need to play this game (unless for curiosity’s sake, of course). I’m just glad someone at Google took the time to make this a reality, and help alleviate my hellish Internet free day.