Google has had its share of Easter eggs in celebration of various individuals and events in history. Today, a new Easter egg celebrates Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft series with a spontaneous defense game that you can participate in by searching for the term “Zerg Rush.”
Little Google Os will begin invading your screen at various points from top to rush mimicking the popular Zergling rush tactic used in StarCraft and StarCraft 2.
What can you do to defend yourself from this invasion? Click the little Os as fast as you can. Three direct hits will wipe out a single invader, and more arrive as time goes on. As the Zergling Os approach your links, they will attempt to destroy them. The object is to keep your links alive and wipe out the invaders.
Once the mini-game is over, you can share your APM (actions per minute) and death total with the world on Google+. In my case, I was able to vanquish 58 of the little buggers before time ran out with a 170 APM rating.
This is just one of many Easter eggs Google has integrated into its search engine in the past. Today, you can still enjoy a few of them including: Google Pacman, a playable guitar celebrating Les Paul’s Birthday, Askew, and the snake game built right in to YouTube. If you want to access that feature, just pause a YouTube video right at the beginning and immediately press an arrow key.
Zerg Rush is just one of many little hidden gems in Google. Let’s hope this one sticks around for a while.
What about you? Feel free to share your score below.