Google is more than generous with its search engine, this time introducing its users with games of Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe which are accessible directly from the desktop and the search app.
These two classic games will be available directly in the search app, and all a person has to do is to type the name of the game into the small box used to create queries. The game will appear on a card before the other search results, and if clicked the card will enter full-screen mode.
The app will let a user select the difficulty level. And then, the game will begin.
Google also included its logo in the games, but it is small-sized and not at all intrusive. The games also have some basic options like turning off the sound, restart or undo the last move.
The situation is similar with Tic-Tac-Toe. A simple search will pop-up the card of the game, and a click will activate the full-screen mode. The options of the game are Easy, Medium or Impossible. The user can also choose to be the X or the O, and it can also play against another person.
Google will also keep track of all the scores.
The experiment is interesting enough, as the company has been trying for several years to transform its search engine into a source of fun, creativity, real-time information and official statistics.
This is not the first time Google offers games inside its page/app. In the past, the games had been included in Google doodles. One example is the game dedicated to the Olympics or the playable Moog Synthesizer.
However, they were special features that lived for a brief period of time, and they were not advertised as permanent – but as a surprise for curious users and a way to celebrate events and ideas.
Having games available inside the search engine is a move meant to bring more users to Google. In the last years, information had been made available via other devices and apps. Virtual assistants such as Siri can also answer basic questions, either by themselves or through native applications.
It is possible that the Solitaire and the Tic-Tac-Toe introductions are only motivated by increasing Google ads business. But this doesn’t mean that the little trick is not cute enough to let this one pass. The mix of nostalgia and the ease of access to simple yet entertaining games may work.
In its announcement, Google reminds users that its search engine can also be asked for animal sounds, or to flip a coin. The fun side of Google can only be matched by its interest in the quality of the information offered to its users.
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