If you open up Google Maps at any point today you might notice something different, as just ahead of April Fool's Day, Google has injected a dose of Pac-Man into Google Maps. To be more accurate, Google has injected a dose of Ms. Pac-Man into Maps. Allowing the user to play through as much of the classic arcade game as they want. Google has confirmed the in-feature game will be available until April 4 and is accessible via the desktop version of Maps, as well as the Android app version. Although, there does seem to be one fundamental difference between the two versions.
When accessing Ms. Pac-Man through the Android version of Maps, you are redirected to a random part of the world and interact with the game in that location. In contrast, the desktop version of Maps offers some additional ways to interact with the game including playing Ms. Pac-Man in your current location. It is unclear as to why this only seems to be accessible via the desktop version, although that does seem to be the case. It is also worth noting that even on the desktop version, if you live in a less road-condensed area then the game is unable to be initiated as Ms. Pac-Man requires a number of roads to be able to be played. When played on desktop in these instances, Google will offer you the option of trying a random location – as it does naturally on the Android app version.
Of course, this is not the first time that Google has including Pac-Man within Maps as two years ago today (and again, just in time for April Fool's Day), Google made the same feature available. Although the difference was that it was the original Pac-Man game and not Ms. Pac-Man. As well as also previously offering the ability to play in your current Maps location on an Android device. So if you did play the game two years ago, then you might be less inclined to give try one a try this time around. Although, if you didn't last time, then it is certainly worth checking out. It is also worth noting that this is not the only April Fool's related gag from Google this year. As the company also unveiled a new Google Gnome device today – a Google Home that is designed for your yard.