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Bye-bye productivity: Google lets you play Solitaire, Tic-Tac-Toe with just a search

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Bored? Need something to keep you occupied? Google’s got your back with an easy way to play Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe via search on desktop and the Google app.

That’s right, you don’t need to download an ad-ridden variant on the Play Store or the App Store — just search “Solitaire” or “Tic-Tac-Toe” on Google and you’ll be able to play the game directly from the search results.

“When you search for ‘Solitaire’ on Google, the familiar patience game may test yours,” Google’s Stephen Cognetta writes in a blog post. “If you’re looking for something a bit simpler, Tic-Tac-Toe is your best bet. In this game of naughts and crosses, you can select your level of difficulty or even go head to head against a friend. Xs and Os to the winner (hugs and kisses, that is!).”

Google has long been providing neat tricks and entertaining results in search — it’s Doodles are one such example, which recently featured the official Doodle Fruit Games during the summer Olympics season in Rio. There are plenty of other things you can do in search, like ask Google to “flip a coin” or ask what sound a certain animal makes.

You can start the games directly in the search results, and for Solitaire, you can choose a difficulty level — easy or hard. For Tic-Tac-Toe, you’re going up against a computer that can be quite tricky to beat — just make sure you pay attention, but you might end up always ending in a draw.

The games won’t turn up if you’re offline, but if you start them and then happen to lose connection, you’ll still be able to play. Say goodbye to productivity.

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