Play Atari’s Breakout in Google Image Search with This Awesome Easter Egg

    May 13, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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If you were planning on getting any more work done today, well, cancel those plans. Go to Google Image search and type “atari breakout.”

Are you doing it yet?

What you’ll find is a wonderful little Easter Egg from Google, who have turned the image search results for the classic Atari game into a fun little game of their own. Each time you complete a level, Google auto-generates another set of image results for you to bust. From our experience, it’s usually some sort of food like “milkshake” or dog like “mastiff.”

Once you’re done busting up image blocks, you can share your high score on Google+. The game, while fun, doesn’t get any harder as you progress. So there will be some really high scores to beat, I’m sure.

Atari’s Breakout first launched back in April of 1976, which means that it’s currently 37 years old. Nearly four decades old, simple as can be, but still addicting as hell – as any great arcade game should be.

Link for the lazy.

  • http://stackoverflow.com/a/16532928/22470 powtac

    My cheat for auto-playing this breakout game: http://stackoverflow.com/a/16532928/22470

  • http://www.ataribook.com Atari Book

    Actually Atari’s Breakout was released on APRIL 13th, not May 13th 1976… seems Google referenced Wikipedia and the entry is incorrect, Atari’s own internal coin-op release date documents have Breakout released on April 13th, this is also verified by the engineer – Gary Waters, who built the production version of Breakout when the design done by Steve Wozniak (who was working at HP and did it for his friend Steve Jobs who was working as a tech at Atari, Inc.) the design Wozniak did was missing many key elements such as on-screen scoring, sound, 1 & 2 player selection.

    If you really want to know the full story and history of Atari, you should really pick up this book: Atari Inc. Business is Fun –