Google has rolled out online versions of Solitaire and Tic-tac-toe, while also adding animal sounds to its search engine repertoire
Google has announced that to release two new games — tic-tac-toe and solitaire. They differ from traditional games; they are online and users simply have to type their name in the search bar on the Google app or the desktop version to bring them to life.
The best part about the new additions is that the games are user-friendly and suitable for all ages. The new games also obviate the need to open up separate apps to initiate them, helping users save up on RAM and memory space on their smartphones. The downside is that its progress cannot exactly be saved, but these are games in which high scores do not need to be maintained to begin with.
The search engine giant wrote in a blog: “It’s been said solitaire’s roots are in fortune telling.” If that’s true, today your fate rests on your quick wit and the luck of the draw. When you search for “solitaire” on Google, the familiar patience game may test yours!” This sentiment reflects the point of the additions in general – they might not serve any productivity-based function, but users can get a kick out of the games nonetheless.
Both games allow users to choose the difficulty level they want to play at. Those looking to blow off steam can try their hand at the “Easy” mode and get a few wins under their belt. The more competitive-minded might want to try out the “impossible level” in the game of naughts and crosses. Google allows users to keep their scores for a session when switching difficulty levels, so users can effectively notch 10 wins, change the difficulty level to “impossible” and brag to unsuspecting friends about their tactical nous.
Those who simply want to prove that they are better can go head-to-head against a friend. Users cannot mail someone to join a game or send an invite through hangouts; much like with traditional tic-tac-toe apps, the friend has to be present next to the user to give his or her responses.
In other similarly light-hearted additions, Google has added interesting responses to questions such as “what sound does a pig make?” The search engine giant's list consists of sounds from the bowhead whale and humpback whale, as well as the sound of animals such as zebras and tigers. The list is very basic, but might be something initially good to play back to the kids while telling them a bedtime story.
Users can also utilize the flip a coin feature to create a fairly random toss. The feature can be used to randomly settle bets when a real-life coin is not present, which may not be surprising given that a considerable portion of users’ money is kept safe across digital mediums.
All in all, the changes are in line with what Google tends to do from time to time. Google’s search engine has, for the most part, been amusing to use while staying up-to-date with current events. The company has covered things such as the Olympics, a Rubik’s Cube, and a Pac Man Google Doodle over time. RescueTime determined that the latter wasted 4.82 million hours of productivity in total, The Verge said. Therefore, these Google Doodles must be taken lightly, and users must be careful about spending time playing instead of working.