Did you know that Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser has an Easter Egg? If you follow certain instructions to the letter, you will unlock a Surf game that is integrated in the browser.
The game is only available in Development and Canary versions of Microsoft Edge. As is the case for most Easter Eggs, it requires that you perform a number of actions in sequence before it becomes available.
Here is how you enable the Surf game in Microsoft Edge (Chromium):
- Open any website in the browser.
- Click on the Collections button and select “Start new Collection”. Name it Microsoft Edge.
- Now add the active site to the Collection. Right-click on it and change the name to S.
- Repeat step 3 three times and rename the sites to U, then R, then F to end up with four sites in the collection spelling out SURF.
- For the last step, drag the F site and drop it after U so that you get SUFR. Once done, drag back the F to the last position so that SURF is again spelled correctly.
- Restart Microsoft Edge.
If you have done that correctly, a new entry should have been added to the Collection. This is the SURF game that you may launch with a click on the item. You may also load edge://surf to start the game right away.
Once you are in, you may use the left and right arrow keys and the Enter-key for selection to pick a surfer. Before you do that, you may want to open the menu of the game as it provides you with options to switch the game mode from the default “let’s surf” to time trial or zig zag, and to enable “high visibility mode” and “reduced speed mode”.
There is also a handy how to play link and an option to start a new game. You control the surfer with the left and right arrow keys and avoid most of the obstacles the game places randomly on the screen.
The default mode is an endless runner-like game mode in which you try to come as far as possible. You have three hearts and energy to start with; it is game over when your hearts reach zero.
Surf is a rather simplistic game that Microsoft added to its new browser. While you may have a bit of fun playing it, it is similar to other built-in browser games in that it is too simplistic to be entertaining for longer.
Why did Microsoft add the Surf game to Edge? The company does not tell but the most likely explanation is to create buzz.
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