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Ms. Pac-Man can help the population navigate the world thanks to Google Maps’ new April Fool’s Day gag.

Opening up Google Maps on any smart device today will reveal a button in the bottom corner featuring the most classic of video heroines. Hitting the button will begin a game of Ms. Pac-Man on the streets of either a new part of the world, or the area the user is looking at depending on the device. Using Maps in the browser starts the game over the current area—and reports suggest the same goes for iOS devices—but Android devices take players to a random spot on earth.

The game is controlled with swipes on mobile devices and the D-pad on PC, playing very similarly to the classic arcade game and offering five lives to start. Pellets need to be acquired for points while avoiding the ghosts that are also sneaking around the streets—at least until players come across a power pellet.

Normal Pac-Man graced Google Maps users around April Fool’s Day in 2015, with a Pokemon adventure featured the year before that.

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Source: The Verge


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Nick didn’t start gaming until mid-2006. Once his parents finally allowed a console into the house, it was all uphill from there. Starting out with a PS2, he grew an affinity for Sony consoles and moved on to the PS3, and now the PS4. He keeps his gaming palette wide, but, gun to his head, he’d have to say shooters are his genre of choice. Find him on Twitter @idole808

You can explore the world as Ms. Pac-Man in Google Maps

Google Maps is honoring April Fool's Day with another gaming Easter egg.

By Nick Plessas | 03/31/2017 12:30 PM PT

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Ms. Pac-Man can help the population navigate the world thanks to Google Maps’ new April Fool’s Day gag.

Opening up Google Maps on any smart device today will reveal a button in the bottom corner featuring the most classic of video heroines. Hitting the button will begin a game of Ms. Pac-Man on the streets of either a new part of the world, or the area the user is looking at depending on the device. Using Maps in the browser starts the game over the current area—and reports suggest the same goes for iOS devices—but Android devices take players to a random spot on earth.

The game is controlled with swipes on mobile devices and the D-pad on PC, playing very similarly to the classic arcade game and offering five lives to start. Pellets need to be acquired for points while avoiding the ghosts that are also sneaking around the streets—at least until players come across a power pellet.

Normal Pac-Man graced Google Maps users around April Fool’s Day in 2015, with a Pokemon adventure featured the year before that.

Read More

Source: The Verge



About Nick Plessas

view all posts

Nick didn’t start gaming until mid-2006. Once his parents finally allowed a console into the house, it was all uphill from there. Starting out with a PS2, he grew an affinity for Sony consoles and moved on to the PS3, and now the PS4. He keeps his gaming palette wide, but, gun to his head, he’d have to say shooters are his genre of choice. Find him on Twitter @idole808