Pac-Man’s chomp­ing grounds now any­where on Google Maps

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

The vir­tual streets of Google Maps are be­ing trans­formed into Pac-Man’s chomp­ing grounds in cel­e­bra­tion of April Fools’ Day.

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. That ush­ered in a day when Google shows off its play­ful side by in­ject­ing more fri­vol­ity into its ser­vices.

The gag on Google Maps en­ables vis­i­tors to click on a Pac­Man sym­bol in the lower left of the screen to play the video game on what­ever lo­ca­tion is listed in the ad­dress bar. As has been hap­pen­ing for nearly 35 years, Pac- Man eats blink­ing dots while try­ing to elude four “ghosts” — Pinky, Blinky, Inky and Clyde.

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 Fools’ stunt, based on the Moun­tain View, Cal­i­for­nia, 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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