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Zerg Rush Easter Egg from Google, defend your search results!

30 April 2012 BY

Recently Google is occasionally hiding bigger Easter Eggs in the Search Engine. This started last year with the query ‘Do A Barrel’ roll which still works and lets you turn the page, short after that around the holidays the query ‘let it snow’ made it actually snowing on the page with results with a Defrost button to bring the results back.

In the past more smaller subtile Easter Eggs where hidden by Google in the search engine and other products. For example, for some time in many doodles there was a little triforce, YouTube contained serveral ‘eggs’, Google Maps at this moment has a small kayak Egg and currently on the homepage of Android.com there is a small Easter Egg hidden in the footer.

Defend the search results

The latest Easter Egg lets you play a game with the search results. When you search for ‘Zerg Rush’ little yellow and red o’s will crawl over your screen to attack the search results and other elements.  Your job? Defend the page by shooting the O’s and get as many points as possible. Nice touch here is that as soon as a result is attacked you will see a little green health bar.

When clicking on the letters you will get points, after the match is finished the O´s will form ‘GG’ which stands for Good Game. A share button lets you share your score on Google+ which has the effect that, at least at this moment ‘#ZergRush’ is trending on the network.

Zerg Rush

Knowyourmeme.com explains:

“Zerg Rush is an online gaming term used to describe an overwhelming scale of attack carried out by one player against another in real time strategy (RTS) games. The term originates from the popular RTS game Starcraft, in which the “Zerg” race is notoriously known for its ability to mass-produce offensive units within a short time frame, thus allowing the player to overpower the opponent by sheer number.”

As far as I can tell the Easter Egg only works in modern browsers like Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer 9. Zerg Rush doesn’t work in Internet Explorer 7 and 8.

AUTHORED BY:
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Michel Wester is the owner of the Dutch website WebSonic.nl, started in 2004. WebSonic mainly focuses on news about Google, Twitter, and Facebook. Next to the news the site has a lot of tips for PC users and starting web developers.

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