Microsoft Edge’s minigame, which can be played as a distraction when the browser can’t get online, has been given a snowy twist for the winter, turning the traditional “surfing game” into a skiing challenge that’s an explosion of nostalgia (we ‘ come back to its origin later).
If you’re unfamiliar with the surfing game, it’s basically the Edge equivalent of the dinosaur game in Chrome — a browser mini-game that you can play when your internet is offline (or whenever you’re bored at any time, for that matter. from).
Normally the Edge game allows you to use the keyboard (or mouse, touchscreen or controller) to guide a surfer around the screen, avoid obstacles, make jumps and sometimes get chased by a deadly monster – the kraken .
In the new ski version for Edge 96, spotted by German tech site Deskmodder, the ocean is replaced by a snowy slope and the kraken becomes a yeti (aka the Abominable Snowman).
Put on your winter clothes and hit the slopes with a temporary ski theme for the surf game in Microsoft Edge 96! Can you avoid the yeti while taking a trip down memory lane? Type edge://surf/ in Microsoft Edge to play! pic.twitter.com/EJObcaTSGyNovember 23, 2021
Otherwise, it stays essentially the same, offers a few different game modes (endless, time trial, and zigzag, which is a slalom) and is more fleshed out than Chrome Dino (which is a pure side-scroller with space jumping as its sole control).
To play, just open Edge and type the following into the address bar:
Analysis: SkiFree returns after 30 years
The surf game for Edge came out in May 2020 (with build 83) and is based on Microsoft’s old classic SkiFree game released in 1991. In fact, this new winter-inspired version is a return to the original format of a ski race.
It’s certainly a fun diversion, and a more interesting game than Chrome Dino – and it’s also less prone to mild motion sickness, which is what the dinosaur game seems to do when it starts to speed up with ridiculously fast scrolling.
Those eager to find more of these types of efforts to play should check out our roundup of the best free browser games.
Via MS Power user