Microsoft is determined to improve Google whenever possible with its Chromium-based Edge browser, and that includes one of the most important areas: the cute mini-game that you can play when you’re offline…
After a few months of progress, Microsoft has updated Edge with a new Surf game (available anytime by connecting edge: // navigate in the address bar) that evokes the old SkiFree game from Windows’ past. This is decidedly more sophisticated than jumping a dinosaur onto cactus plants in Chrome – you can take it surprisingly seriously for a game that’s supposed to make you dizzy for a few minutes.
In essence, it is an endless corridor where you surf obstacles and stay one step ahead of a kraken. However, there are also goal-based and zig zag (really slalom) time trial modes. You can also use a variety of inputs including your mouse, keyboard, touch, or even a gamepad with haptic feedback. High-visibility and low-speed modes help with difficulty, and there are promises of “a few secrets.”
You probably won’t get Edge just for Surfing, of course, but the game shows that Microsoft is invested in its latest browser at a level where it is sweating the little details. At the very least, it gives you an easy way to kill time while you wait for your modem to restart.