No Internet Game
Instructions: Press the space bar to start the game. Then use the up (↑) and down (↓) arrow keys to control the dinosaur.
No Internet Arcade
No Internet Game
You may not have known that Google Chrome has a hidden Dinosaur Game that can be played when you lose your internet connection. No Internet Game, also known as No Wifi Game, Dinosaur Game, Dino Game, No Internet Dinosaur Game, T-Rex Game, No Internet Dino, and No Internet Game Dino, was initially code-named “Project Bolan”. This simple but addictive game was released in 2014, created by Sebastian Gabriel. It was originally built as an Easter Egg, hidden as a built-in browser game in Google Chrome’s No Internet connection error page.
This Easter Egg is an endless runner game that features the famous T-Rex, who has become trapped in the desert. The T-Rex runs and must avoid obstacles as the game speeds up and players progress further. The objective of the game is to avoid all obstacles (by jumping and ducking) and survive for as long as possible.
Dinosaur Game Olympics
During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Google introduced a new Olympics themed version of the traditional No Internet Game.
The game starts off the same way, but if you run into an in-game torch, then you become an Olympic athlete. Olympic sports include: Hurdling, Equestrian, Swimming, Gymnastics, and Surfing. The Dinosaur Game Olympics can no longer be played on Google’s No Internet connection error page, but you can play all 5 versions of the game online here!
No Internet Game Origins
In 2018, Google finally elaborated on the Dinosaur Game origins in an interview with its developer, Sebastien Gabriel. According to Sebastien, his game is a nod to the prehistoric ages, millions of years before the technological boom.
Google’s game was given the codename “Project Bolan,” which itself is a reference to Marc Bolan, the late lead singer of the legendary 1970’s rock band T-Rex.
In the early stages of game development, the developers thought: “What if it did a cute little kick in the beginning like our favorite 90’s hedgehog? What if it roared to signal to people that it was alive?” But in the end, they settled with creating a basic endless runner game, with only jump and duck controls.
Google first released the Dinosaur Game in September 2014, but it was not fully completed and playable on all platforms until December of that year. Chrome users do not need to turn airplane mode on or disconnect their internet connection to enjoy playing the No Internet Game. Just type “chrome://dino” in the Google Chrome browser address line to play this game in full-screen mode.
The developers claim that the game can last for almost an eternity. Or 17 million years to be exact, roughly how long the T-Rex was alive on Earth. “We built it to max out at approximately 17 million years, the same amount of time that the T-Rex was alive on Earth,” said Chrome UX engineer Edward Jung. “But we feel like your spacebar may not be the same afterwards.”
No Internet Game FAQ
Is there an end to the game?
There is no end to the game. When you get to the maximum possible score of 999,999, the game score resets, but the dinosaur keeps running.
Who invented the game?
In a blog post, Google shared how this game came to be and revealed that its design team members Sebastien Gabriel, Edward Jung, and Alan Bettes created the No Internet Game.
Why does Google use a dinosaur?
According to Sebastien Gabriel, the prehistoric theme was intentional. “The idea of an ‘endless runner’ as an Easter Egg within the ‘you-are-offline’ page was born in early 2014. It’s a play on going back to the ‘prehistoric age’ when you had no Wi-Fi.”