The Dinosaur Game was developed by Google in 2014
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Seeing the 'No Internet' connection error page is the last thing you want, but while you go switch your router off and on again, or hit that trusty reset button, there is a game you can play while you wait. If you click on the dinosaur icon on the error web page, it will launch browser game where you have to jump objects that come towards the icon.
The Dinosaur Game was developed by Google in 2014 and was built into Google Chrome. The player guides a pixelated Tyrannosaurus Rex across a side-scrolling landscape, avoiding obstacles to achieve a higher score, reports WalesOnline.
To start the game, you touch the dinosaur on the screen,. the press the space bar to start the game. Gamers can then use the up and down arrow keys to control the dinosaur. Try aim is to score the maximum points.
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Chrome designer Sebastien Gabriel says the prehistoric theme was also deliberate. "The idea of an 'endless runner' as an Easter egg within the 'you-are-offline' page was born in early 2014," he has said. "It's a play on going back to the prehistoric age when you had no Wi-Fi.
"The cacti and desert setting were part of the first itereration of the 'you-are-offline' page, while the visual style is a nod to our tradition of pixel-art style in Chrome's error illustrations."
Co-designer Alan Bettes revealed that Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog was also an initial inspiration. He explained: "The only restriction we placed on ourselves was to keep the motion rigid, reminiscent of vintage video games. At the beginning we, 'What if we did a cute little kick in the beginning like our favourite 90's hedgehog? What if it roared to signal to people that it was alive?' But in the end, we settled on the basics of any good runner game: run, duck and jump."
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