Play Ms. Pacman now on real city streets with Google Maps

Posted April 01, 2017

Google is rehashing an old idea for April Fool's Day this year. Overall, the gameplay is the same and allows players to enjoy Ms. Pac-Man on their local streets just as long as theirs enough streets covering your area to play the game.

Quite simply open up Google Maps and click the lovely Ms. Pac-Man to open up the game. It will then evaluate the map and redesign it into a level from the game. You'll need to navigate Ms. Pac-Man through these streets while you avoid the ghosts, with the ultimate goal of clearing the map by eating all of the pellets.

Mental note: If April Fools' Day falls on a Saturday, beware of corporate trickery on Friday. For example, search "do a barrel roll" and the screen will do a 360-degree turn, in honor of the classic Nintendo series Star Fox. The feature is available now through Tuesday, April 4, so you better get chomping before it's too late. Pac-Man Mania first started with the release of the original Pac-Man way back in 1980 and with it being nearly an instant hit, it wasn't long before Ms. Pac-Man was released in 1981. It's no stranger to embedding games as part of its Doodle program and elsewhere, from other versions of Pac-Man to a Halloween game, Starcraft and more.

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Either way, Ms Pac-Man is controlled by swiping on the touchscreen.

We tried starting the game multiple times, and Google Maps sent us all around the globe: Mexico City, Tokyo, Phoenix, Chicago's Wrigley Field and the Plaça de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona.