Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds

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Pac-Man Comes to Google Maps

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - 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 Pac-Man 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.

Google has rocked some comparably awesome pranks and easter eggs in the past. Check out some of their best moments in the gallery below:

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Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds

Google's first foray into Pac-Man. In 2010 the homepage doodle turned into a mini playable game. 

Photo: Google 

Gmail Paper, a fun April fools prank from Google in 2007. 

photo: Kyle~/Flickr

Something is not right with these trans-pacific directions from China to Japan..

photo: Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious/Flickr

On April 1, 2012, Google maps got an 8-bit makeover. 


Google Nose prank from 2013

photo: MarkGregory007/Flickr

in 2014 Google Maps created the Pokémon Challenge, where users got to catch Pokémon all around the world. As an extra treat Google sent those completing the challenge a "Pokémon Master" Business card.

photo: Mike Gdovin/Flickr

Photo: Google 

Googling "Zerg Rush" Sends Google O's down your screen eating the contents, like the game StarCraft

photo: Google

Googling "Google in 1998" sends you to a throwback page from 1998. 

photo: Google 

Google has also had fun interactive logos on their homepage such as this birthday piñata game. 

photo: Google

Another fun Google Doodle game, where you make the runner jump hurdles. 

photo: Google 

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