Here’s how to play Pac-Man on Google Maps


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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The virtual streets of Google Maps are being transformed into Pac Man’s chomping grounds in celebration of April Fools’ Day.

Google added the option to convert its popular navigation service into the Pac Man video game on Tuesday morning, around the same day the calendar turned to April 1 in Asia. That ushered in a day when Google shows off its playful side by injecting more fun and humor into its services.

The gag on Google Maps enables visitors to click on a Pac-Man symbol in the lower left of the screen to play the video game on whatever location is listed in the address bar. As has been happening for decades, Pac Man eats blinking dots while trying to elude four “ghosts” — Pinky, Blinky, Inky and Clyde.

How to play: 

When you go to, you’ll notice two icons at the bottom left, one for Google Earth and the second for Pac-Man. Select any city you want, then click the Pac-Man icon to start playing in a section of the city. I wasn’t able to play in “Chicago,” but other cities like New York and Washington work well.

If you’re on a mobile device, you can play Pac-Man in the Google Maps app. First, make sure upir Maps app and iOS sof are up to date. Next, Google says to “Search for a place you think Pac-Man might be.” You can find hints here, or just cheat and type in “Times Square.” Once you pull up Times Square in the app, you’ll see the Pac-Man icon. Click on it and kiss your productivity goodbye.

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