Published: Sat, April 01, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Ms. Pac-Man takes over Google Maps for April Fool's Day

The California-based search firm is now allowing Google Maps users to launch a game of Ms Pac-Man through the streets of their hometown at any time. In order to play, all you have to do is open up your Google Maps app.

Last year, Google used the original Pac-Man and chose to go with his female counterpart this year.

And don't expect it to last long- we're coming up on April Fools' Day, a common source for pranks by the internet giant.

It has multiple levels, so when you get past level one, there are more ghosts and more pac-dots to collect. The game turns your exact location into a game of Ms. Pac-Man down to the direction of the streets, which is a pretty awesome detail.

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Google's love of video games goes well beyond April Fools' Day.

You can now take a trip down memory lane and play the classic arcade game right inside Google Maps. They designed a modification board that fit on top of the original "Pac-Man" arcade board to change the graphics, sounds and gameplay, to sell to arcade operators who wanted to extend the life of their arcade machines.

If you log on to Google maps today, you may notice an icon in the lower left corner labeled "insert coin".

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