There was a time when Google added a little Easter egg to Chrome: if your internet went down and you tried to visit a web page, you would see the message, “Unable to connect to the Internet” or “No internet” with a picture of a pixilated dinosaur next to it.
It is likely that many people just thought the dinosaur was a cute little icon to keep them company during a connection outage.
It wasn’t long before someone pressed the space bar. In response, the dinosaur began running in the opposite direction.
It has become a beloved game since this little Easter egg was discovered. It’s addictive, so be cautious when you play it (it’s addictive, so be careful) whenever you’re online and need to take a break from your work.
The purpose of this piece of writing is to teach you how to play the game both when you’re online and when you’re offline.
How to play the Chrome dino or Trex game offline
Whenever you have a problem with your internet, just open Chrome. Visit any website in Chrome if you are already there. The error message will be accompanied by a little dinosaur.
The dino will begin running as soon as you press the space bar (or up arrow). The up arrow allows you to jump over obstacles (such as cacti) in your path. Holding the up arrow for a longer period of time will make the dino jump higher.
You can duck under something by pressing the down arrow.
As you play longer, the dino runs faster and the ground moves faster. When you crash into something, the game ends and you must restart (your score is also reset). If you hit the space bar again, you can play again.
How to play the Chrome dino or Trex game online
While waiting for your internet to come back up, you can keep yourself entertained. How about playing it online? Several methods can be used to accomplish this.
When you see that message, just hit the spacebar and start jumping over cacti.
You can also play Chrome Dino on an unofficial website with different sound and graphics themes, such as this Super Mario Bros. theme:
For an example of 1960s Batman sound effects, try this Batman theme:
If your internet was down, you might not have received the dino error message. Perhaps you don’t want to intentionally turn off your wifi for the game.
Open Chrome dev tools by pressing F12 if you have internet but want to disable your connection.
Look for the Online/Offline tab, second row down, on the “Network” tab to the right:
Click the dropdown arrow, then select “Offline” (instead of “Online”, where it should be set if you have a connection).
The dinosaur will appear if you try to visit a website after you have done that! As usual, you can start dino by exiting dev tools and hitting the space bar.
It’s now easier for you to locate the dinosaur/Trex game when you don’t have an internet connection as well as when you do. I hope you have fun!