While not every April Fools' Day prank turns out to be "fun," Google has quietly enabled a secret feature in Google Maps that lets you play the classic arcade game Pac-Man in your city's streets and it's actually a brilliant idea.

To get your own custom game of Pac-Man going, first you need to head over to Google Maps and navigate to your favorite location (or whatever area you'd like to turn into a Pac-Man level).

We decided to play in Times Square.

When you're ready, click the Pac-Man button in the lower left of the screen and Google will transform the city streets and bring up the controls, which use your keyboard's arrow keys.


Fans of Pac-Man will find that while the levels are far from the usual organized mazes Google lets you play on diagonal streets the core gameplay remains the same. You'll still need to collect all of the tiny white dots, or "pellets," to complete a level. Eating one of the larger "power pellets" turns the ghosts blue and gives you a small amount of time to chase them down and gobble them up.


Of course, some cities or neighborhoods might be easier or more difficult than others, so feel free to explore different areas around the world to change up the difficulty.

Ready to play? You can head on over to Google Maps directly by clicking here.

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