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You can now turn any location on Google Maps into a game of Pac-Man

By Justin Kahn
Mar 31, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img alt="google maps pac-man " src="http://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/03/2015-03-31-image-6.png" /></p> <p>What may have been the very <a href="http://www.techspot.com/news/39051-weekend-open-forum-whats-the-first-video-game-you-ever-played-and-on-what-platform.html">first game some of us ever played</a> has now taken over the map service many of us use everyday. Google has implemented a new feature into its popular maps service which allows users to boot up a game of Pac-Mac right on the streets of Google Maps.</p> <p>A simple start-up icon now sits in the bottom left corner of the basic Maps interface. Enabling the button will bring up a Pac-Man themed sidebar to calculate your score, while turning the streets of the particular location you selected into your traditional game of Pac-Man. You&rsquo;ll notice the familiar original music along with those iconic color-coated ghost enemies.</p> <p>It appears that not any location on the map can be used, but many are compatible and there is a handy feature that will snap you to supported areas. The feature works on both PCs and mobile.</p> <p>While not the first time we have seen Pac-Man invade our productivity services and apps, it is the first time Google has officially brought the classic character to Google Maps. Obviously another one of Google&rsquo;s fun April Fools stunts, this time last year the company added <a href="http://www.techspot.com/news/56200-google-maps-launches-pokemon-challenge-gotta-catch-em-all.html">a Pokemon Challenge to its maps app</a> for iOS and Android. The game tasked players to capture up to 150 Pokemon from around the world while adding them to their Pokedex.</p> <p>Pac-Man x Google Maps <a href="https://www.google.com/maps">is available to play right now</a>. You can check out the some of the best places on the map to play, plus quick refresh of the rules and the point system on <a href="https://support.google.com/maps/answer/6178227?hl=en#hints">the support page</a>.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/60219-you-can-now-turn-any-location-google-maps.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/60219-you-can-now-turn-any-location-google-maps.html'>http://www.techspot.com/news/60219-you-can-now-turn-any-location-google-maps.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
     
  2. Dulcineasmom

    Dulcineasmom TS Rookie

    (I still haven't found a playable location on my Android Smartphone.)
     
  3. Prima Aprilis :p
     

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