In conjunction with April Fools’ Day, Google has decided that everybody has the right to play Pac-Man. And they should!
Ever imagine what it’d be like to play a monster game of Pac-Man through the streets of your hometown? Now you can, sort of, as Google has built a fully playable game of Pac-Man into Google Maps.
According to the Google Maps Help site:
You can now play the classic arcade game PAC-MAN in Google Maps with streets as your maze. Avoid Blinky, Pinky, Inky, (and Clyde!) as you swerve the streets of some famous places around the world. But eat the pac-dots fast, because this game will only be around for a little while.
To play the game, simply go to Google Maps in a browser on your computer, or on the updated iOS and Android Google Maps apps, and find a location near you with a good amount of streets.
From there, click the Pac-Man button in the bottom left corner, and Google will transform those streets into a playable version of Pac-Man.
The controls are pretty simple: just tap on the up, down, left and right arrows to move Pac-Man around while you collect dots and cherries, all while avoiding being killed by ghosts.
There is no word on when the feature will disappear, but timing isn’t the only restriction—Pac-Man in Google Maps is available only in select locations. Which users will have to decipher from a list of hints.
We will not be held responsible for the lack of productivity today 😉