Tech mistake |We all use Google every day to find useful information and perform searches for school, work, or play. Google has a lighter side, however, a toolbox of fun little visual tricks called Google Gravity embedded into various Google pages using JavaScript. Google Gravity offers a little lighthearted entertainment for a few seconds. A whole slew of Gravity pages have been created, many by Google itself and many others by third parties who wanted to get in on the action. Some are more fun than others but all are worth a few seconds of your day. Here are my personal top ten best Google Gravity tricks.

1. Google Zero Gravity

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  • 1. Google Zero Gravity
  • 2. Google Guitar
  • 3. Google Space
  • 4. Google Underwater
  • 5. Google Pacman
  • 6. Google Sphere
  • 7. Google Terminal
  • 8. Epic Google
  • 9. Funny Google
  • 10. Zerg Rush

Google Zero Gravity is one of the most basic tricks but is one of the more entertaining over the longer term. Even though it does the same thing each time, it doesn’t seem to get old. Visit Google Zero Gravity here to see what I mean. Once the action is complete, the search box isn’t usable but the other links all still work.

2. Google Guitar

Google Guitar is a neat trick that turns the search box into a guitar. Use your mouse or gesture to pluck a string and off you go. You can experiment or look underneath for a couple of well-known songs you can play. It’s a little thing but it’s a lot of fun to play with. Visit Google Guitar here.

3. Google Space

Google Space is not a page you want to visit after having a couple of drinks. It simulates zero gravity in an interesting and quite mind-bending way. It does funny things to perception and will upset those of you who prefer things in ordered lines. Nevertheless, it’s a bit of fun to watch the screen for a minute or two. Try Google Space here.

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4. Google Underwater

Google Underwater is quite relaxing if you watch it long enough. It simulates being underwater and drops the search box into the ocean with fish swimming all around it. It’s a simple but pleasant nice background to have while you’re working. Try Google Underwater here.

5. Google Pacman

Google Pacman has been around for years but is a bit of fun for a few minutes. Open the page, hit Insert Coin and play a quick round of the 80s classic within the browser. Despite being ancient, the game is as challenging as ever and offers a basic but entertaining break from work or homework. Try Google Pacman here.

6. Google Sphere

Google Sphere is another mind-bender that is also a bit of mild amusement for a minute or two. The traditional Google screen from the 1990s appears and the search box stays static while all the text around it rotates in a circle simulating a sphere. This one looks old and like Pacman is from an earlier age, but despite that, it offers a little levity in a long day. Try Google Sphere here.

7. Google Terminal

Google Terminal is one for the coders out there. It turns the usual Google search page into a 1980s MS-DOS-style code terminal. It takes a few seconds to orient yourself to the layout but once you have, it is actually very easy to use. The usual search and I’m feeling lucky options are present, you just have to work slightly harder to find them. Try Google Terminal here.

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8. Epic Google

If you’re having one of those days where you’re feeling epic, this Google Gravity trick is for you. Epic Google allows you to perform an Epic Search and instead of feeling lucky you’re feeling EXCESSIVE. The search engine still performs its usual functions though, so it’s all for show. Try Epic Google here.

9. Funny Google

Funny Google is for those who still laugh at toilet jokes, like me. It is the usual Google-style main page with another window underneath called ‘Set another name’. Enter a word into the box, press Enter and that word replaces Google above the search box. We all know what word(s) you’re going to put in there. Type your cuss word of choice into Funny Google here.

10. Zerg Rush

The final Google Gravity trick worth trying is Zerg Rush. Any gamer past a certain age will recognize a Zerg Rush – it’s from the classic video game StarCraft and refers to a strategy of immediately building a large number of small, cheap units and attacking one’s enemy before they have a chance to get established. While the Google Gravity version is a bit lower key than the videogame’s interpretation, it’s still in the spirit of the original. This is the only trick that actively interrupts the search process but it’s such fun that we can easily forgive it! Try Zerg Rush here.

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