Google Chrome’s offline “dinosaur game” now has a day-night cycle

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Google Chrome is full of Easter Eggs, but one of the best is the ability to play an endless runner style game that has no name. Now that game has been updated to be a bit more realistic. Well, as realistic as a T-rex jumping over cactuses can be, anyway.

If you’ve never played the game (which we’ll call “the dinosaur game” for simplicity) you’ll need to lose connection to the internet, or purposefully disconnect from it. Try load up a Google Chrome page and you’ll be greeted by a lonely T-rex and an error message. Hitting the space bar (or double tapping the screen on mobile) will cause the game to start.

The objective is simple: hit space/tap the screen to jump and see how far you can run without dying by one of the many dangers.

Well this morning, during an internet outage, we found a new facet to the game. Once you pass a score of 700 the screen colours will invert (the whites will turn black and vice versa) and a crescent moon will appear in the back ground. In short: day turns to night.

Left: The game normally | Right: At night.
Left: The game normally | Right: At night.

You won’t be in eternal darkness, however, as getting to a score of 900 shifts back to day. We’ve also been able to find a switch back to night and then day at scores of 1 400 and 1 600 respectively, but we haven’t gotten past that score yet.

While this is most likely completely inconsequential (there are a lot of other things you can do when the internet is down), we’ve played this game so much during internet downtime that we feel obliged to keep updated with it.

And we bet you want to turn off your router and have a game now, don’t you.


Clinton Matos

Clinton Matos

Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of