While not every April Fool’s Day prank can be considered “fun,” Google quietly enabled an Easter egg in Google Maps on Tuesday that lets you play the classic Atari game Pac-Man in your city’s streets — and it’s actually a brilliant idea.
To get your own custom game of Pac-Man going, first you need to head over to Google Maps and navigate to your favourite location (or whatever area you’d like to turn into a Pac-Man level).
We decided to play in Times Square.
When you’re ready, click on the Pac-Man button in the lower left of the screen and Google will transform the city streets and bring up the controls — use your keyboard’s arrow keys.
Fans of Pac-Man will find that while the levels are far from the usual organised mazes — Google lets you play on diagonal streets — but the core gameplay remains the same. You’ll still need to collect all of the tiny white dots, or “pellets,” to complete a level, and eating one of the larger “power pellets” will turns the ghosts blue and give you a small amount of time to chase them down and gobble them up.
Of course, some cities or neighbourhoods might be easier or more difficult than others, so feel free to explore different areas around the world to change up the difficulty.
Ready to play? You can head on over to Google Maps directly by clicking here.
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