How to play Google Chrome’s dinosaur game and its 2020 Olympics makeover
Over the years, Google Chrome’s Dinosaur Game has provided calm comfort to those who have difficulty connecting to the internet, as well as things to do for bored school children during computer lessons. The titular dinosaur is so iconic, in fact, that he really should have been featured as an Assist Trophy guest in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
If you’re unfamiliar with or haven’t used Chrome before, the browser has a built-in game featuring a pixelated dinosaur. It’s a pure 2D endless racing game style where your only task is to last as long as possible, accumulating points as you go. Various dangers are scattered around like cacti, pterodactyls and even a day / night cycle that reverses the monochrome lighting of the game.
While the Dinosaur Game has been around since 2014, it shows no signs of disappearing – especially with its current crossover which celebrates the start of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Initially delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the grandiose sporting event should finally begin on July 23 (unless canceled at the 11th hour).
How can I play the dinosaur game?
Fortunately, you won’t have to forcibly disconnect from the internet to play Google Chrome’s dinosaur game. Instead, just open a new tab in your Chrome browser and type in “chrome: // dino /” without quotes. This will take you to a pretty basic webpage, with the dinosaur sprite and the text “Press space to play”.
Do as the instructions say and you will instantly play the dinosaur game. Pressing the space bar causes the dinosaur to jump, while holding the down arrow key causes it to stoop, avoiding the dangers of low-level flight. When you encounter an obstacle the game is over, but your browser will save your best score and you can try again by pressing the space bar.
For the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the Dinosaur Game saw an additional mode added. Upon falling on a torch in the game, the world is transformed from a barren wasteland into an Olympic track. Instead of cacti, your dinosaur will now have to jump over hedges. He even got a visual makeover with a gold medal around his neck and a pair of yellow sneakers.
Once again, Google hasn’t missed a chance to add a topical flavor to its long list of apps, and it’s far from the first video game-centric change the company has made. . In 2016, Google Maps dressed its little yellow mascot in Link’s iconic green tunic to celebrate The Legend of Zelda’s 30th anniversary.
Even further in 2010, Google celebrated Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary with a Google Doodle which was actually a playable version of the popular arcade game. Better yet, this Google Doodle can still be played today.