April Fool’s Day is a day of pranks, mischief, and shenanigans, and there’s no doubt you were filled with a burning desire to play pranks on your pals. Well, the best April Fool’s Days are those where huge businesses and companies join in on the action. This year, one of the biggest proponents of the April Fool’s fever was Google, and they did it in classic style.
The international powerhouse of a company celebrated April Fool’s Day in style, by allowing users to play Ms. Pac-Man in the Google Maps app. Users opening the maps mobile app were greeted with a tempting looking Ms. Pac-Man icon, sitting tantalisingly above the compass icon. The symbol was just begging to be pushed by curious mobile phone daredevils, and push they did!
Once tapping on the symbol those bold and beautiful bohemians were rewarded for their nonconformity. The game activated, and players were transported to a random location in the world on the Maps app. The streets were paved with gold… well, okay, not gold. White dots in fact. The same white dots found in the classic arcade Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man games. The excitement was palpable as people began to realise what was occurring.
Players could help Ms. Pac-Man navigate the rough and ready virtual streets of the Google Maps world, using nothing but their index fingers! The power pellets sustained our yellow hero as she attempted to avoid ghosts and make her way along the streets to find her coveted pieces of fruit. Each level offered different types of fruit, just like in the arcade version of the game. Cats have nine lives, but Ms. Pac-Man only needs five!
This has to rank as one of the cooler April Fool’s Day pranks we’ve encountered, and it’s sure to rekindle interest in Ms. Pac-Man as a game. Back in 2015, Google offered Pac-Man, but this year they are all about Girl-Power, and the novelty is just as popular as it once was.
There is no word on whether this game will still available to players, or whether it was simply a fun and invigorating April Fool’s Day prank. Last time we checked, the Ms. Pac-Man symbol was no longer available, but that doesn’t mean it won’t return at some point in the future. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled and look for her every time you load up the phone app.