July 5, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google has released a free online pinball game to celebrate Google I/O 2022. 
  • The game can be played in your browser, regardless of whether you’re on a computer or smartphone. 
  • With Pinball I/O, Google is showing off the flexibility of its Flutter and Firebase developer tools.

We’re less than 24 hours away from Google I/O 2022 kicking off, and Google has a bit of last-minute fun to share. Clearly done in an effort to build up some excitement ahead of tomorrow’s keynote, I/O Pinball is a new game that you can play right in your Chrome browser. 

It works just as you would expect any other pinball game to work, as there are four different mascots to choose from, including the Android Bugdroid, Chrome Dino, and others. If you choose to play from a desktop-class version of Google Chrome, then you can use the Space Bar to launch the ball, while the left/right arrows or A + D control the flippers.

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Google I/O Pinball Character Selection – Dino (Image credit: Divinemercy)
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Google I/O Pinball controls

Google I/O Pinball controls (Image credit: Divinemercy)