Google has a history of inserting video game-related Easter eggs in their services. Gamers may recall Google Maps’ Pokémon Challenge three years ago, and they’re continuing from another novelty for this year’s April Fools’ Day.
MS. PAC-MAN INVADES GOOGLE MAPS FOR APRIL FOOLS’ DAY
Upon loading Google Maps, users will notice an option to insert a coin on the bottom-left corner of the browser. Moving your cursor over the arcade-inspired square will reveal a message: “READY!”
Google Maps will then assess your location and retrofit it into a makeshift maze for Ms. Pac-Man to explore. All the core components from her solo outing are present: pellets, Power Pellets, fruits and the four antagonistic ghosts. Furthermore, the appropriate sounds are accounted for.
Ms. Pac-Man begins with five lives, and clearing the screen of wayward pellets will send her to the next level. Those who wish to demonstrate their Pac-Man prowess can share their score via social media. Will you achieve a new high score?
Ms. Pac-Man graced the world in 1981, and the story behind it is an interesting read. Nevertheless, while Namco wasn’t heavily involved in its development, Ms. Pac-Man is regarded as an excellent sequel to the groundbreaking original. Variety was added to the formula by giving players multiple mazes to play through.