Google is celebrating its 19th birthday today (September 27). And to mark the occasion it has published a new Google Doodle to the Google homepage. The “Google Birthday Surprise Spinner” lets you access 19 playable Google Doodles, including a brand new Google Search easter egg called Snake Game.
In 1998, a company called Google was born, and the internet has never been the same since. Google fostered the massive growth of the web, and now, in 2017, it’s seen as an essential part of our everyday lives. I mean it’s not as essential as food and water, but it’s certainly worth celebrating.
The Google Birthday Surprise Spinner
Google’s new Doodle shows a self-congratulatory birthday scene. And if you click on the Play button you’ll be taken to the “Google Birthday Surprise Spinner”. The wheel will spin, and then land on one of 19 playable browser games. All of which have been seen before, except Snake Game.
We’re not going to spoil all of the fun by listing every single one of the Google Doodle games available to play. However, the highlights are Pac-man, Hit the Pinata, Cricket Cricket, and The Birth of Hip-Hop. These, and all of the others on offer, have some sort of interactive element.
It should be noted that all of these old Google Doodles are available separately, and have been since they were first published to the Google homepage. However, it’s nice to have them rounded up into a collection, and the spinner adds a new element of fun as you hope for one of the good games.
Interestingly, Google has celebrated its birthday on a number of different dates over the years. It was officially incorporated on September 4th, but Google has previously also marked another year of existence on the 7th, 8th, 26th, and the 27th. But it’s the latter which appears to have stuck.
Your Productivity Is About to Disappear
As much as we love Google Doodles, we suspect companies the world over will be cursing Google’s name today. If even 10 percent of the workforce discover the “Google Birthday Surprise Spinner”, productivity is going to take a major hit. As my bosses at MakeUseOf are about to find out…
What’s your favorite playable Google Doodle? Are you going to spend today playing old Google Doodle Games? Do you still enjoy seeing new Google Doodles appearing on the homepage? What’s your favorite Google Doodle of all time? Please let us know in the comments below!