See Google Maps transform 28 Texas landmarks into Pac-Man games

1 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Maps turns into Pac-Man’s chomping grounds.

Google added the option to convert its popular navigation service into the “Pac-Man” video game on Tuesday morning, around the same day the calendar turned to April 1 in Asia. Using Google Maps, you can play as the perennial yellow pill-eater chasing down ghosts in your own suburb — as long as it has enough streets to make a maze.Pac-Man is already such a worldwide phenomenon, but now one of the most famous video games of all time is available to play on every computer through Google Maps. In honor of April Fools’ Day, Google has added a new icon to the Google Maps page that transforms the user’s map into a Pac-Man version of that location—and it’s completely playable right now. Complete with ghosts, fruit boosters and power dots, the player is given six lives and you use the keyboard or mouse to navigate Pacman around the screen.

Now, Google Maps can’t transform every city into a playable stage, but it does offer an “I’m Feeling Lucky” option if your chosen area isn’t compatible. The game can be played in Google Maps on desktop computers or mobile devices that have the latest app update for Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android software. This isn’t the first time that Google Inc.’s engineers have paid tribute to “Pac-Man.” In May 2010, Google tweaked the doodle on its main search page to accommodate games of “Pac-Man.” Planting “Pac-Man” into maps probably won’t be Google’s only April Fool’s stunt, based on the Mountain View company’s colorful past. Among other things, Google previously has promised to introduce search by smell, provide a translation tool for animals and posted notices for jobs on the moon.

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