And in case one is between the devil and the deep blue sea, there is the awesome flip a coin to help you make a decision on which side to pick.
Apart from these 3 new hidden features, there are other features that you can use to play with kids. Or, if you have adults friend who don’t mind these things, you can amaze them with the childish animal sounds.
The animal sounds work like this: just type “What sound does a pig make?” (exactly like it is written with the question mark sign and the double inverted commas).
At the top of the search result, you’ll see an option to play the sound of a pig’s throaty grunt. Below or beside that is a selection of all other animal sounds available to play. I can imagine a lot of people using Google to play with their kids with this feature.
What interested me the most however is the Solitaire game hidden in Google search. The main reason of course was it was the first PC game I got addicted to before I graduated to the more difficult free cell game.
It is a pity Google did not see it fit to include free cell among the games. Maybe they figured it would have reduced my productivity when the game is only a click away.
All the same, I still gave Google’s Solitaire a shot to see how it works.
To get to the game, just type ‘Solitaire’ in the Google search bar. At the top of the search result is an option to play the game. Just click on ‘click to play’ to get to the game.
When you click on that, the Solitaire screen appears, superimposed on the Google search page. The new window is the Solitaire game. Straight away you are asked to chose between the ‘Easy’ or ‘Hard’ versions of the game.
Since I have not played the game for a while now, I of course chose the easy option to get a feel of how the game is.
And presto! The classic Solitaire card rows and columns appear for you start playing. Since it was the easy option I chosed, I figured it wasn’t supposed to take me much time before I am through with the game.
But first, I had to learn how to play the game again. Remember, I have not played the game for quite a long time now. I got the hang of the game a few minutes later.
Like I predicted, I finished the first game in a breeze. It was easy. But subsequent games got harder for me though. Matter of fact, it became almost impossible for me to complete the games by the the third game. I think, the game is programmed to increase the level of difficulty the more you play and win.
If Google’s plan is to have people spend more time on Google Search, I think that is a decent way of going about it.
I spent more time than I planned on the game. I just found myself playing another new game, just trying to beat the previous time or trying to finish the game with as little moves as possible.
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