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The Original Maze Runner: Pac-Man appears on Google Maps
April 1st is a very naughty day. It’s frequently host to some of the biggest dupes, gags, and yarns the world-at-large has ever seen. Everything from fake product announcements to paranormal news stories are par for course. Thanks to Google, this year you can chart a new one: your neighborhood.
Following in the vein of Japanese-themed April Fools gags (Pokemon anyone?), the collective brains at Mountain View have put forth the most entertaining version of Google Maps yet. It’s full of ghosts, power pellets, and the original Maze Runner. To access the game, simply go to Google Maps on your browser, type in an address, and look for the Pac-Man view option in the bottom left corner. Click it and the game will zoom into the center of the screen and make a labyrinth out of it. Take a look at how the area around Kyoto Station (the pink rectangle) goes from this…
The more roads there are on the screen, the more detailed the maze will become. Note that some areas will not work, prompting an error message and a suggestion to click on a link “Feeling Lucky” which will take you to a random location. I got Italy apparently:
You can control Pac-Man with the keyboard. Note that by default, the sound seems to be set to mute; you need to manually check the audio on the top right corner of the blue space (left side) to enable the retro-sound effects. What’s the craziest location you can come up with?