Google’s newest Doodle for its 19th anniversary is really a Birthday surprise spinner that takes players back to its memorable Doodle games. Spin the wheel to play interactive browser matches from the past 19 decades, such as a musical puzzle game watching Beethoven’s 245th birthday, or this adorable Magic Cat Academy Halloween game from 2016.
Google has also added a fresh Snake match for its Search Funbox, which can be among the 19 wheel surprises among other search outcome games such as tic-tac-toe, and an Earth Day quiz. You may play with it anytime by searching”snake game,” or simply search”Google birthday surprise spinner” to provide the wheel a spin and try out the other Doodle games.
The year before, the occasion was marked on 26 September, and when Google turned six, it celebrated 20 days earlier on 7 September. This confusion was called out by Google’s own Ryan Germick who admitted on Google’s 15th birthday, in 2013, that Google didn’t even know when the birthday is: “When’s Google’s birthday? I’m not sure even we know – we’ve celebrated on September 7th, 8th, 26th, and, most recently the 27th.”
Google was officially incorporated in 1998 on 4 September but 27 September, 2002 was the first time a birthday Doodle was posted and it seems this date has stuck.
To play all 19 Doodle games on the Google birthday surprise spinner, or play a specific title, you will need a little patience to repeatedly spin in the hope of getting something new. Once you’ve found a game you like (or once you’ve found them all) you can save the URLs as bookmarks to save you the trouble in future!
Alternatively, we have spun the birthday surprise spinner for almost half an hour to get you the full list:
Solitaire – this online version of the classic game can be played in your browser.
Pac-man – To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the game in 2010 (yes, this Doodle was first released seven years ago), Google released a browser version of the game. It was the first game that really captured the imagination of users.
Earth day quiz – This rather random quiz asks you a series of questions to discover which animal you are, in honour of Earth Day.
Battle against spicy peppers – To celebrate Wilbur Scoville’s 151st birthday, the person behind the Scoville scale that measures the spiciness of peppers, this game lets you attack peppers using ice cream.
Help pangolins find love – To highlight the plight of pangolins, Google created four days of animations and games in which two endangered pangolins find love.
Hit the Pinata – This game involves hitting a Pinata with the letters of the word Google. It was released to celebrate the company’s 15th birthday.
Celebrate Clara Rockman’s theramin – A theremin is an electronic instrument that you play using “air”, without ever touching the instrument itself. In this tutorial, you use the mouse or your finger to play notes.
Pony Express – This fun cartoon game celebrates the 155th anniversary of the Pony Express.
Explore the Galapagos Islands – This isn’t so much a Google Doodle game, but instead was a Street View collection special. As the name suggests, scientists and researchers used Street View imagery to study the land, coast, and sea of the Galápagos islands.
Animal sounds – one for young children, and animal fans, alike. This page will take to a row of animal pictures. Clicking each picture plays that particular animals sound.
The wheel also includes that the 2010 Pac Person browser match, which time management software firm RescueTime famously declared Cost the economy $120 million and 4.8 million hours of missing productivity. For the sake of humoring more awful mathematics, I’m going to go Ahead and guesstimate that $120 million x 19 games signifies $2.3 billion of Productivity will be lost now. Have fun!