Google is continuing their relationship with the legendary Pac-Man with a new Google Maps function added on Tues. Mar. 31.
As of this writing, users can go to any location on Google Maps and play the classic arcade game by clicking on the Pac-Man button below their city view. The game will then start within the map view chosen, complete with bonus fruits, intermissions and high score tracking. The edges of the maps act as tunnels that will send Pac-Man through to the other side of the level.
This feature may be temporary for April Fools Day. To help celebrate Pac-Man‘s 30th birthday in May 2010, Google added a Pac-Man widget within their logo that was reportedly played millions of times.
This May, Pac-Man turns 35 years old, but the arcade hit remains ever-relevant. A Bud Light Super Bowl ad saw a barfly chosen to play a real-life version of the game within a giant maze on the streets of Los Angeles. The upcoming film Pixels, starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James, features the arcade icon in promotional posters and the teaser trailer. A popular Disney XD cartoon series continues in the modern day while Pac-Man merchandise can still be found in almost every type of retailer, not too far removed from the roots of the game’s explosive early 1980s popularity. Level 257, an entertainment complex inspired by the enduring Pac-Man brand, recently opened near Chicago.
Look for the Pac-Man option in Google Maps in the bottom left of the page.