Google April Fools Day Prank: Pac-Man Takes Over Google Maps

By Phill Powell

For April Fool’s Day, who could prank the Internet better than Google? That’s when the Mountain View-based company will turn Google Maps into Pac-Man.

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Looking for directions to Starbucks? April Fool’s! Pac-Man has taken over Google Maps.

For one day only, Google Maps users can change their city map into the Pac-Man arcade game. You just have to find a place to play. Google has even posted a guide about how to play Pac-Man on Google Maps on both a mobile device and desktop, with a single click.

Pac-Man Fever
This isn’t the first time Google and Namco, the publisher of Pac-Man, have collaborated. In 2010, Google celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Pac-Man with a Google Doodle.

Pac-Man (originally called “Puck-Man”) was released in the U.S. in October 1980 and was a massive hit. Shooters like Asteroids and Space Invaders ruled arcades back then…at least until everyone caught Pac-Man fever.

The game ranks second as the highest grossing video game of all time, pulling in $2.5 billion. When it was released, it was so enormously popular that the coin boxes on game machines needed to be emptied daily.

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A Google Doodle honors Pac-Man.

Obviously, Google knows how to web design. And thanks to some sharp game design and development, courtesy of Tōru Iwatani the creator of Pac-Man, we’re now chomping through Pac-Maps, while that trademark dot-gobbling theme song plays.

Pac-Man-Super-Bowl-adWe’ve still got Pac-Man fever: A recent Super Bowl ad had human contestants running from ghosts in a real-life Pac-Man game.

If you think it’s all fun and games, just remember Google launched Gmail on April 1st.

Here’s a list of all the April Fool’s Day 2015 Fake Stories And Pranks.