Google turns NZ streets into a giant game of Pac-Man

Christchurch's Cathedral Square makes a great Pac-Man map.
Google Maps

Christchurch's Cathedral Square makes a great Pac-Man map.

Google have turned the streets of our towns and cities into a giant game of Pac-Man to celebrate April Fools' Day.

It isn't April 1 in America yet, but as the clock has ticked over for the Eastern Hemisphere Google have launched what is probably the first of many "pranks".

The game can be played in Google Maps on desktop computers or mobile devices that have the latest app update for Apple's iOS or Google's Android software.

You only have yourself to blame for trying to play through the windy roads of Kelburn, Wellington.
Google Maps

You only have yourself to blame for trying to play through the windy roads of Kelburn, Wellington.

Starting the game is easy, although finishing it might not be. You simply hover over anywhere in Google Maps with a decent density of streets and press the Pac-Man view button on the bottom left of your screen.

As has been happening for nearly 35 years, Pac-Man eats blinking dots while trying to elude four "ghosts" - Pinky, Blinky, Inky and Clyde.

New Zealand's penchant for winding hilly roads can make things a little tough.

Google has allowed us the absurd fantasy of quickly travelling the streets of Auckland.
Google Maps

Google has allowed us the absurd fantasy of quickly travelling the streets of Auckland.

This isn't the first time that Google Inc.'s engineers have paid tribute to Pac-Man. In May 2010, Google tweaked the doodle on its main search page to accommodate games of Pac-Man.

Planting Pac-Man into maps probably won't be Google's only April Fools' stunt, based on the Mountain View, California, company's colorful past. Among other things, Google previously has promised to introduce search by smell, provide a translation tool for animals and posted notices for jobs on the moon.

Fairfax NZ and AP

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