There’s a Hidden (Offline) T. Rex Game on Google Chrome Canary
Google’s latest Chrome model wants to make lemonade when your Wi-Fi gives you lemons.
If the Internet cuts out in Chrome Canary — the latest version of Google’s browser — you can play an endless running game. You can actually only play the game if the computer isn’t connected to the Internet.
The brave hero is a T. Rex you might recognize. The dinosaur shows up when Chrome can’t connect to the Internet. It looks like this:
Nothing seems out of the ordinary here. But hit the space bar and:
Your only goal is to avoid hitting cacti. The T. Rex jumps by hitting the space bar. Fret not if you do hit an obstacle, because Chrome T. Rex doesn’t stay down for long. (Hit the game-over refresh icon, and you’re back at it.)
The game tracks your progress and high score, but stats are lost if the window closes or is refreshed.
This amusing little game was alluded to by François Beaufort, a Google “open-source Chromium Evangelist,” who posted a screengrab of the T. Rex.
“A brand new Error page has just popped up in the last chromium build when your computer isn’t connected to the Internet,” he wrote. “And as usual, the cute T-Rex is there, waiting…”
Google Chrome Canary is designed for developers and early adopters with the “newest of new” features.
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