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