An Ode To Google Chrome’s Dinosaur Game

An Ode To Google Chrome’s Dinosaur Game
Screenshot: Google Chrome / Kotaku

This morning, I faced a problem you can probably relate to: my internet went out. As many of us working from home would, I scrambled to let my co-workers know and restarted my router hopefully. But, just as my heartbeat started racing, I was met with a familiar dinosaur friend.

As you might know, when Google Chrome loses access to the internet, a dinosaur appears on your screen. If you press space, you can start The Dinosaur Game, a side-scrolling runner game built into the browser. It’s been around for years, but I always forget about it until the Wi-Fi starts acting up and I’m left to jump over and doge cacti and pterodactyls.

The wait for my internet became easier, enjoyable even. I got a high score of 1415 before I was back at work. I watched as my little dinosaur got faster and faster and more obstacles littered my path. I forgot about the internet being out at all. I was on a mission.

Then, just as I was in the middle of the run, the page reloaded. I was back on Kotaku’s homepage, a visual slap back to reality. It was work time again.

So I thank The Dinosaur Game and its Lonely T-Rex protagonist (no, really that’s what it’s called) for turning an anxious wait into a peaceful respite from the rest of my day. I would say I hope to see you again soon, but I don’t.


  • I had to turn this off at work because the kids would turn off their wifi, complain they couldn’t work and just play this 🙁

  • I really wish that, instead of just dumping you back to your homepage mid-run when the connection comes back, the game would pop up with a little button somewhere allowing you to choose whether you want to go back to the interwebs or keep going with your run.

    I remember one time I was absolutely crushing it – internet had been down for a little while and I was in the zone, had already blown well past my previous high score…. and then I was just staring at my homepage. Super frustrating!

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