Saturday 21 October 2017

Is that icon on your Google Maps a secret link to Pac-Man game? Yes, yes it is

Pac-Man 2 and the Ghostly Adventures 2
Pac-Man 2 and the Ghostly Adventures 2

Aatif Sulleyman

Google has marked April Fools' Day 2017 by bringing Ms Pac-Man to its Maps app - for just a few days.

Opening Google Maps automatically launches the arcade classic, and a dedicated Pac-Man button sits above the ‘My Location’ icon.

Google Maps Ms Pac-Man is available on both Android and iOS, though some users are reporting slight differences between the two versions.

While Android users are being transported to a random area of the world (my phone is currently displaying a map of Buenos Aires), some iPhone users claim to have the ability to choose a specific location.

You can also play the game on the desktop version of Google Maps.

"Starting now until April 4, you can chomp fruit, avoid ghosts, and collect PAC-Dots along city streets in Google Maps worldwide," wrote Ms Pac-Maps product manager David Hendon in a blog post.

"Sign in to save your top score on the leaderboard and share with friends."

This isn't the first time Google has transformed Maps into Ms Pac-Man, having pulled the same April Fools' Day stunt back in 2015.

We're not complaining though.

Independent News Service

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