Pac Man takes over Ingress and Google Maps

How's your Ingress? For April Fools Day, it's Pac-tastic!


The real world has been invaded by a certain yellow mascot. And no, this isn't about a terrible-looking Adam Sandler film. Pac-Man has invaded the world of Google's Ingress.

While Niantic Labs is continuing with its geographical-based portal-making mobile game, as usual, Pac-Man mixes up the formula in his unique retro way. All of the game's portals have been replaced by the classic ghosts. Hacking any of those portals will eat the ghosts in classic Pac fashion.

Those that haven't downloaded the free-to-play Ingress on either Google Play or the App Store and are aiming for something more old-school can also check out Google Maps. The Google map service is currently hosting the classic Pac-Man game along real world maps, giving players four lives to try and munch as many dots as possible.

This isn't the first time that wacky shenanigans have filled Google apps around this time of year. Last year, players were invited to take the Pokemon Challenge. Likewise, this year's Pac-Man takeover is only expected to last a limited time, likely until this whole April Fools thing is over. Until then, enjoy his presence in both Ingress and Google Maps.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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