Google turns its maps into "Ms. Pac-Man"

Posted April 01, 2017

Tomorrow is April Fools' Day, so be on your guard.

Say goodbye to your productivity today: Google added "Ms. Pac-Man" to Google Maps in honor of April Fools' Day. For example, search "do a barrel roll" and the screen will do a 360-degree turn, in honor of the classic Nintendo series Star Fox. Because if you play out in a rural area, there's nowhere to hide from ghosts. Whip out your phone, open up Google Maps, and you'll see a little icon of Ms. Pac-Man on the right side of your screen.

It's not your traditional "Ms. Pac-Man", though, as the mazes aren't symmetrical.

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Controlling Pac-Man is simple - tap on the up, down, left and right arrows to move the iconic chomping yellow circle through the streets to collect dots and cherries. Pac-Man Mania first started with the release of the original Pac-Man way back in 1980 and with it being nearly an instant hit, it wasn't long before Ms. Pac-Man was released in 1981.

Then, as now, Google rolled out the special Maps mode on the 35th anniversary of its arcade cabinet inspiration. And, needless to say, you don't need to load this up while you're driving. If you want to give the game a really pessimistic twist, try playing in some of the locations highlighted on the Sad Topographies Instagram account.