The internet is absolutely filled to the brim with games you can play in your browser. However, you don’t need to go down the rabbit hole of finding a website with online games just to burn a few minutes. There are a handful of simple, addictive games you can play right from Google’s homepage.
The classic “Snake” game that you may remember from very early smartphones is available to play on Google. The concept is simple: You control a snake on a grid with arrow keys. Apples appear in random spots, and it’s your job to eat them. Every time you eat an apple, the snake grows longer. The game ends if you hit the border or your own tail.
Search term: Snake
One of the most iconic arcade games of all time is available to play right from Google—no tokens required. Simply use the arrow keys to move Pac-Man around, gobbling up the dots and fruits while avoiding the ghosts. Stay alive as long as possible to get a high score.
Search term: Pac-Man
You no longer need an old version of Microsoft Windows to play Minesweeper (it’s not included anymore anyway). Often described as “Sudoku with explosions,” Minesweeper is all about clearing a grid of tiles while avoiding the tiles that have bombs underneath. If you find a bomb, the game is over.
Search term: Minesweeper
Speaking of classic Windows games, you can also play Solitaire on Google. The goal of this single-player card game is to clear all the cards from the table. You do this by stacking the cards in numerical order from Ace to King. Once you have the full 13 cards in order, they can be removed.
Search term: Solitaire
The origins of tic-tac-toe—also known as “noughts and crosses” and “Xs and Os”—have been traced back to ancient Egypt around 1300 BC. Then, it was played on roofing tiles. Now, it’s as simple as typing “tic tac toe” in Google Search. Wonders never cease.
Search term: Tic Tac Toe
Google Memory Game
Looking for a game that will test your brain? Google’s musical memory game is the answer. The idea to remember a sequence of sounds made by four sea creatures. It starts with one sound, then each round adds one more. See how many you can get before messing up.
Search term: Memory Game
Dino Run (Chrome)
Okay, so this one isn’t technically a Google game, but it can be played directly in the Chrome browser even when you’re not connected to the internet. In fact, the Dino Run game was created for that exact purpose: Something to do when the internet is out. If that’s not the case for you, navigate to chrome://dino/ and start jumping.
Google Doodle Games
The games mentioned above can be played by simply searching for their names on Google.com. However, there are a ton of other games just a few more steps away. Periodically, Google puts games on its homepage for special occasions. All of these games are archived, and you can still play them after they’re taken off the homepage. Check out our list of the top 10 Google Doodle games and visit doodles.google for more.