Google Stadia officially shuts down on January 18, and the team behind the video game streaming service has given away Worm Game, the final title to be released for the platform and one that was used to test many of Stadia’s features before launch. .
Worm Game can now be played by anyone with a Google Chrome browser and is heavily inspired by the classic Snake game. It is not the most graphically advanced game, but it has several levels, the ability to change the color of the worm and four modes – Campaign, Arcade, Multiplayer and Build.
It’s also important to note that if you want to try out Worm Game, you must do so by January 18th, as it will become unplayable when Google Stadia officially shuts down.
Screenshots of Worm Game, Google Stadia’s final game
It’s a rare look behind the curtain of the game’s development, and it’s a fascinating look at how the team helped bring Stadia to life.
“Play the game that came to Stadia before Stadia came to the world,” wrote the Stadia Platform Content team. “‘Worm Game’ is a humble title that we’ve used to test many of Stadia’s features, starting well before our public launch in 2019, right through to 2022. It won’t win Game of the Year, but the Stadia team spent long time playing and we thought to share it with you. Thanks for the game and everything.”
In addition to the Worm Game, the Stadia team has another surprise in store for those who invested in the failed platform, as they will be releasing a “self-service tool to enable Bluetooth connections on Stadia controller” next week. We don’t have exact details on how it will work yet, but they will come “at launch.”
Google Stadia was launched in 2019 and is a cloud gaming service that allows users to stream video games, including AAA titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, to devices running Google Chrome. It doesn’t matter how powerful the device is either, because everything is run on Google’s cloud service.
Google announced in September 2022 that Stadia would shut down in January 2023, but made the generous gesture of refunding “all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store and all game and additional content purchases made through the Stadia Store.”
While Stadia might not be live for another month, the technology behind it will be, as Google has already started offering it as a white-label product. This means that other companies can use the technology without saying “hey, this is powered by Google Stadia!” AT&T already took advantage of this when it offered its users Batman: Arkham Knight for free.
To learn more about the rise and fall of Google Stadia, be sure to check out our in-depth look at what happened to a platform that Google promised would be “the future of gaming.”
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.