Are you an expert at predicting how others think? Can you see into the future? If not, have you ever searched for something on Google? Chances are, you can answer “yes” to at least one of those questions. Thus, be prepared to enjoy Google Feud.
A Funny Introduction
Google Feud came out in 2013, but it’s currently experiencing a big resurgence. Popular YouTubers are posting thoroughly amusing videos that highlight the game’s uniqueness. Watch a brief portion of JackSepticEye’s nearly half-hour playthrough, and you’ll see what Google Feud is all about. His video captures the essence of the game perfectly. It’s easy to grasp, consistently surprising, and relentlessly funny.
Also known as autoCompete, Google Feud is based on the auto-complete feature. You’ve seen it before: begin typing into the search box, and Google displays a list of suggestions. Google doesn’t actually know what you’re going to type; it guesses based on popular queries. The search engine’s auto-complete suggestions are the correct answers in Google Feud. If you can guess what other people search for online, you’ll do just fine.
Google Feud derives its name from Family Feud. The 41-year-old television show still airs today, both in daily syndication and primetime specials. The answers in Family Feud come from surveys of 100 people. Contestants must name all of the top answers to earn a perfect score. The answer board in Family Feud generally showcases between 4 and 6 results. In Google Feud, players must name the top 10 answers.
Every question (i.e. query) has 10 correct answers, regardless of category. This means it’s nearly impossible to achieve a perfect score. The top answer is worth 10,000 points, second is 9,000, and third is 8,000. Point values decrease linearly, so even the least popular answer on the board is worth 1,000 points. Also, it’s important to realize that Google Feud is a single-player game. You’re not going head-to-head against another family or competitor online. Your biggest competition is yourself, which keeps the gameplay light and fun.
Many answers in Google Feud seem random, and they are. But, all the categories are predetermined. Players can choose between queries on Culture, Questions, Names, and People. Culture is exactly as it sounds—queries related to pop culture. Gamers can expect prompts such as “Harry Potter and the ___” and “Star Wars is ___.” Culture is the first category, and it’s one of the easiest to complete.
The Questions category is filled with amusing inquiries. “How do you get ___?”, “Is it fun to be a ___?”, and “Why do men ___?” are endlessly entertaining. If you want a quick laugh, choose Questions. People is another funny category, as it includes general things people say. The potential answers for “I hate the taste of ___” and “Tattoos are ___” are certain to elicit laughter.
When you play Google Feud, you’ll learn a lot. Such a simple, enjoyable game has a surprising amount of information to relay about society. Let the search begin!