Loyal Google users are only all too aware of the Easter eggs the company’s developers love sneaking into its products. How many of you, on your first boot of a new Android release, head on over to the About screen and start tapping away at the new version number? While all types of software have seen their own hidden secrets over the years, games have long been at the forefront of leaving surprises for their users to discover. As such, it probably shouldn’t be too surprising to learn of one of these tricks in the new Google Play Games.
We saw the Play Games app arrive yesterday, giving Android gamers a new hub for tracking achievements, getting involved in multi-player matches, and discovering new titles. As gamers flocked to the release, it wasn’t long before one discovered that the app recognizes the old Konami code.
There may be no D-pad on your smartphone or tablet, but all you need to do is swipe on-screen in the correct pattern: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right. That’ll trigger a window with the buttons you’ll need to complete the sequence (B, A, start), and doing so unlocks an “All your games are belong to us” achievement, referencing the infamous Zero Wing Mega Drive port.
We know – silly and not any use – but we just can’t resist news of some hidden smartphone secrets.