March 31, 2015 4:36 PM   Subscribe

I had great fun whizzing around Soho chomping strange little pills! And now to go and look at this Google Maps game.
posted by sobarel at 5:11 PM on March 31, 2015 [30 favorites]

Playing on the orderly Manhattan grid is strikingly uneventful
posted by The Whelk at 5:12 PM on March 31, 2015 [2 favorites]

Odd, I don't live in NYC anymore but I also headed right for Canal Street.
posted by vrakatar at 5:13 PM on March 31, 2015 [1 favorite]

In this post-9/11 world, making real-world maps for your favorite violent video game is no laughing matter!
posted by smammy at 5:14 PM on March 31, 2015

I let it pick at random for me. It put me in Tokyo. That was pretty difficult.

I don't usually waste time at work, but I certainly did today.
posted by double block and bleed at 5:17 PM on March 31, 2015

The Whelk: Try this one in Manhattan, near my company's offices.
posted by limeonaire at 5:17 PM on March 31, 2015

i looked up area 51 and it started playing space invaders
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:45 PM on March 31, 2015 [3 favorites]

Man, the Arc de Triomphe level is not easy.
posted by box at 5:48 PM on March 31, 2015 [1 favorite]

Dupont Circle is not quite as fun as I'd hoped.
posted by duffell at 5:50 PM on March 31, 2015

Just for fun I thought I'd try my old home town, Duluth, MN, where the street grid is 45° off the compass directions. It quickly became not fun. Arrow keys weren't doing what I expected and I kept reversing at intersections right into the pursuing ghosts.
posted by traveler_ at 5:52 PM on March 31, 2015 [1 favorite]

Today I learned my neighbourhood is the extra hard level of Pac Man. (That was fun, thanks!)
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 5:54 PM on March 31, 2015 [1 favorite]

Places in Japan — especially residential areas of old cities — tend to be incredibly difficult. The controls do an admirable enough job, but sometimes Pac-Man is just going to wind up having to deal with one-way roads and non-euclidean tunnels.
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:04 PM on March 31, 2015

"Randomly" I ended up at the Taj Mahal, and it was hard without the exiting on the right side and entering on the left...thingy!
posted by xtian at 6:34 PM on March 31, 2015

I by mistake started on Expert mode, aka New England
posted by threeants at 7:21 PM on March 31, 2015 [4 favorites]

I live in a city that was built on old Mennonite farmsteads, where most of the roads used to be cow paths or market trails. "North" can mean anything from north-north-east to west-south-west. 5-way intersections are as common as the trains that randomly run through the middle of town.

Pac-Man did not fare well here.
posted by saturday_morning at 7:21 PM on March 31, 2015

My neighborhood is also extra-hard Pac-Man. Heh.
posted by limeonaire at 7:32 PM on March 31, 2015 [1 favorite]

Cool. I've been looking for restaurants in my area that serve cherries and ghost meat.
posted by MrBadExample at 8:06 PM on March 31, 2015 [1 favorite]

Has anyone figured out how they pulled this off, particularly the mobile version? It must have been included in app updates months ago. Is it triggered by the actual date, or a flag on Google's servers?

The Web version seems relatively straightforward by comparison.
posted by miyabo at 8:35 PM on March 31, 2015

This is not the only (or even the most awesome) April 1st Thing from Google this year.... thanks to all the New TLDs, here's what you get by typing http://com.google
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:20 PM on March 31, 2015 [5 favorites]

Choose Boston. The ghosts will be all like "ah, screw it"
posted by kurumi at 9:33 PM on March 31, 2015

For some reason it isn't working for me in Chrome :( I updated and everything! The button's just not there!
posted by NoraReed at 10:14 PM on March 31, 2015

I assume that someone out there on the interweb has already identified the set of city streets that most closely resembles an actual Pac-Man game screen?

At "random", Google sent me to play in Cairo and it was a pretty cool board.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:19 PM on March 31, 2015

Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, is full of little pathways and much more fun than it has any right to be, especially since Pacman's so hard to control.
posted by not_on_display at 12:19 AM on April 1, 2015

I'm not a fan of Phoenix, for many reasons, but I'll say this for it - it makes a good pac-man grid.
posted by el io at 1:20 AM on April 1, 2015

We use the Google reCAPTCHA widget on some of our company sites and today when you check "I am not a robot" it shows a dancing robot and says "I can dance like robot." Nice.
posted by freecellwizard at 9:30 AM on April 1, 2015

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