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Google celebrates 19th birthday with the Doodle snake game

Nineteen years ago Google was created in a garage by two Stanford University students. Now it is the world’s most used search engine.

To celebrate, the company has made a Doodle surprise spinner that lets users play interactive games from the search engine’s archives.

Among the games are old favourites such as Snake, the arcade game Pac Man and tic-tac-toe – as well as more recent additions such as Battle against spicy peppers and Help pangolins fall in love.  

To celebrate, the company has made a Doodle surprise spinner that lets users play interactive games from the search engine’s archives

HOW TO PLAY THE GAMES

The search engine has assembled its most popular animations and assembled them into a spinner as part of a meta-Doodle.

This doodle is available on the Google homepage. Users can click on the animation which then starts spinning and randomly stops on one of the 19 games. 

Users can then choose to play the game or spin again. 

Games include the musical puzzle game celebrating Beethoven’s 245th birthday and the Magic Cat Academy Halloween game from 2016. 

Other games include the musical puzzle game celebrating Beethoven’s 245th birthday and the Magic Cat Academy Halloween game from 2016. 

This doodle is available on the Google homepage. 

Users can click on the animation which then starts spinning and randomly stops on one of the 19 games. 

Users can then choose to play the game or spin again. 

Users can play Snake by using the spinner or by searching ‘snake game’ or ‘Google birthday surprise spinner’. 

The oldest on the list is the arcade game Pac Man, which was the Google home page on 21 May 2010.

When it was first launched it was estimated to have squeezed 4.82 million hours of play from people globally at an estimated cost of $120 million (£90 million).

The company has also added a game called Birthday Piñata which celebrated Google’s 15th birthday in 2013.

‘In 1997, one of Google’s co-founders, Larry Page, had just arrived at Stanford University to pursue his P.h.D in computer science’, Google wrote on its 19th birthday blog page.

‘Of all the students on campus, Google’s other co-founder, Sergey Brin, was randomly assigned to show Page around. This chance encounter was the happy surprise that started it all’.

The oldest on the list is the arcade game Pac Man, which was the Google home page on 21 May 2010 (pictured)

The oldest on the list is the arcade game Pac Man, which was the Google home page on 21 May 2010 (pictured)

The company has also added a game called Birthday Piñata which celebrated Google's 15th birthday in 2013 (pictured)

The company has also added a game called Birthday Piñata which celebrated Google’s 15th birthday in 2013 (pictured)

The company is now used by more than 4.5 billion users in 260 countries speaking 123 languages.

The Google Doodles were born in 1998 after founders drew a stick man behind the second ‘o’ of Google so people would know they were at the Burning Man festival and not in the office.

Google has also added the Snake game to its search (pictured)

Google has also added the Snake game to its search (pictured)

They subsequently decided to decorate the logo to mark cultural moments.

Since 2013, has celebrated its birthday on 27 September but not even Google seems to know when it really formed.

In 2003, Google celebrated its fifth birthday on 6 September, while in 2004, it claimed its sixth birthday was on 7 September.

None of these dates seem to have any particular importance in Google’s birth.

On Google’s history page, it lists its incorporation date as 4 September, 1998, yet there is no reference to 6, 7 or even 27 September.

In 2013, Google admitted that it had four different celebration dates, but that it would be sticking to September 27 in future– which is the birthday of the first Doodle. 

THE 19 GAMES AVAILABLE

Pac-man – the 30-year-old arcade game. Google put it as a Doodle in 2010 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the game

DJ like a hip-hop star – lets users try being a DJ

Earth day quiz – users answer a series of questions to find out what animal they are

Battle against spicy peppers – the game lets users attack peppers using ice cream

Solitaire – users can play the game in the browser 

Help pangolins fall in love – in order to make the creatures fall in love they have to go around the world and learn from different countries

Hit the Pinata – gamers have to hit the pinata with a hanging stick ten times

Halloween game – players have to disperse the ghosts by drawing symbols above their heads

Arpeggios – this game allows you to look at how chords and arpeggios work

Celebrate Clara Rockman’s theramin – users can compose their own masterpieces

Explore the Galapagos Islands – an interactive map lets users explore the Galapagos Islands on their computer

Animal sounds – learn more than 40 animal sounds

Snake – gamers have to move the snake to catch the apple while avoiding crashing into its own tail

Create a Fischinger composition – users can make their own visual music composition

Play like Beethoven – users can reassemble his most famous pieces

Tic-tac-toe – the same as noughts and crosses

Cricket cricket – interactive game where the batsman is a cricket and fielders are snails

Breathing exercise – users blow up balloons and get extra points for exhaling for longer

All games can be played by visiting the Google homepage  

 

 

 

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