Google is well known for creativity, quirky graphics, and vision, so it makes perfect sense that they would shock the internet world on April Fools’ Day by incorporating a beloved childhood video game into their mapping network. On the beginning of April, Google blew the minds of those seeking information on Google Maps by adding some whimsy in the form of Pac-Man. CNET reports:
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.
The game took mappers around local towns, across the country, and even around the globe on a high-tech virtual chase with Pac-Man. As he moved along collecting pixels, users of the service were able to see real twists and turns of city streets in and around different famous cities and their own home towns.
Limitations And Guidelines
As with any sort of display online, there were likely some intense coding involved in turning city streets into fun filled game stations, which means that Google had some limitations when expanding Pac-Man’s world throughout this one. There were some particular troubles for mobile users on smart phones and tablets as they tried to maneuver their way across towns. Forbes explains:
If you’re on mobile phones, some of these locations won’t work. In fact, there’s only a few spots in Google Maps that will generate a Pac-Mac button. Fortunately, Google has provided a list of clues for intrepid mobile mappers to follow.
The clues can be found through the Google support window, where players can login to participate. The hints all lead to a particular area by mentioning something of importance that players might recognize. One example is, “Triumph is delicieux”, which in turn lead Pac-Man to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.
Other Google Tricks Over The Years
Although this Pac-Man game is tricky and exciting, it is not the first visually and mentally stimulating venture that Google has created for web users over the years. As a true pioneer in their industry, they have woven many delightful creations and images for those who search the internet using their engine. The Wall Street Journal reports:
It’s the latest stunt Google has pulled with its maps service. Once, Google mapped J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, for example. This isn’t the first time Google has celebrated Pac-Man, either. In 2010, the search engine’s logo was transformed into the video game.
Although there have been previous stunts such as this performed, it is obvious that Google is constantly evolving and adding to their repertoire of technically advanced coding, because this game of Pac-Man has kicked off a torrent of positive feedback and a mad dash to join in on the fun by users worldwide.
Currently, the Pac-Man game is still available for play on Google Maps, although for how much longer is unknown. Visiting the Google Support page offers a step by step guide to access the game and get on board with a variety of locations while avoiding Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde. The site also expresses that this is a limited time game, so enjoying it while it is available is crucial. This and past Google achievements certainly make it exciting to think of what the internet giants will come up with next, and whether or not they can top this event in the eyes of all the players currently enjoying themselves on Google Maps. In the future, maybe they’ll find a way to make more arcade games come to life throughout the search engine, but for now this may be it.