Play Breakout on Google Image search

(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

To celebrate the 37th anniversary of Atari's Breakout, Google has slipped a new Easter egg into Google Image search.

With a 1976 release, Atari's Breakout was right at the frontier of video-game history — and, it would seem, Apple's. The task of designing a prototype board with as few chips as possible fell to Steve Jobs, with an extra US$100 for every chip less, and Jobs delegated it to his pal Steve Wozniak, who completed the board with just 42 chips in only four days.

Jobs, the sneaky cur, kept the bonus to himself, paying Wozniak a pittance. Atari couldn't even use the board, and ended up going with a different design that had about 100 chips.

Anyway, as interesting as all that is, you want to play Breakout on Google Image search, right? Head on over to Google and do an image search for "Atari Breakout" (or just click the hyperlink).

We think this is our new favourite Google Easter egg. Other favourites include:

  • The tilted page when you search for "tilt" or "askew"

  • The spinning screen when you search "Do a barrel roll"

  • The mini-game when you type and enter "Zerg rush"

  • Getting walking directions from "The Shire" to "Mordor" in Google Maps.

Which is your favourite Google Easter egg?

About the author

Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.



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