Google gives tennis fans a Wimbledon mini-game
Google has hidden a secret tennis mini-game into related search results, to celebrate the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis Championships (which happen today).
To play the game, you just need to search for Wimbledon-related results and swipe through the dedicated results box containing match information. Right after Mixed Singles is a small green tennis ball. Give it a click, and the game will begin.
Anyone spotted this little game yet?
No? Let's give you a hint!
Search for #Wimbledon on Google
Look out for a tennis ball in the results box
Click on it and let the games begin... pic.twitter.com/21bA7PftVp— Google UK (@GoogleUK) 10 July 2019
The game is a straightforward lift of classic 1970s tennis video games. A player controlled character is on one side of the court, while their computer opponent is on the other.
Athletes hit the ball automatically provided they are in the right place, and players don’t really have any control over where the ball goes after that. The ball’s speed picks up throughout each rally.
Characters appear to be anthropomorphic: think goats, bunnies, and foxes, along with Google’s Android OS mascot popping up for good measure.
The men’s single finals and mixed double finals take place later today.