Google Maps Gives Ms. Pac-Man Her Due For April Fool's 2017

Rep. Beto O'Rourke D Texas speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The three-term fluent Spanish-speaker is set to announce his 2018 Senate run on Friday

Case in point: go to Google Maps right now and you can play a game (or several) of Ms. Pac-Man, the classic arcade game and follow-up to the popular Pac-Man.

All you've got to do is open up the Google Maps app and hit the big button in the lower right with Ms. Pac Man's face on it. If you don't already have Google Maps installed on your smartphone, you're going to want to do that today.

A similar April Fools' Day joke ran in 2015, using Pac-Man as its motif.

It's not your traditional "Ms. Pac-Man", though, as the mazes aren't symmetrical.

Check out the game, but don't blame us if you procrastinate at work. To toggle the game, just look for the "Insert Coin" icon in the bottom left corner of your screen, and whatever part of the world you're looking at will be instantly transformed. Because if you play out in a rural area, there's nowhere to hide from ghosts.

Pac-Man, the arcade game, was first released in May 1980. Originally featuring the title character "Crazy Otto", the board was bought and reproduced by Midway Games, the US distributor of the original "Pac-Man", with Otto giving way to a feminized Pac sprite and pastel color schemes.

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