Stop what you're doing and play Pac-Man on Google Maps right now

Now here's an April Fool's prank we can get behind.

Google says it's called "PAC-Maps" and calls it "our most ambitious update yet." Whether or not you buy into the notion that it has a purpose, the feature is worth a few minutes of your time -- and possibly more.

If you head to Google Maps right now, either in your browser or with the iOS or Android apps, you can turn the street map into a game of Pac-Man that you control with the cursor keys. You have to search for Pac-Man to start playing, as the game only works in certain places on the world map. Google offered a list of clues, below, to point you in the right direction. Or, if you try an unsupported spot, it will transport you to a place that works, like Manhattan or Cairo.

(Google has something of a thing for Pac-Man, clearly. They also celebrated his 30th birthday with a Google Doodle.)

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Once you're in, it should feel pretty natural to eat those dots and chase those ghosts. That is, unless you're in an area where the streets aren't grids. That's a new twist that could leave you with nostalgic feelings of arcade frustration.

Here are Google's location clues:

  • Don't drop the ball on the eve of your victory!
  • Triumph is délicieux.
  • Does a Galaxian bonus await at the top of those 272 steps?
  • Chomp your way to independence down seven lanes of July.
  • PAC-MAN and Ms. PAC-MAN can't agree on which side is prettier: the American or the Canadian. Which side do you fall on, eh?
  • After a chat with the Sphinx, PAC-MAN sounds more like "Dokki Dokki".
  • Pause game play to admire Chagall's stained glass windows and have a bit of chocolate.
  • Can you score 10^(10^100) points?
  • Whether they're flashing blue or sporting their natural colors, Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde are always kakkoii. Even Vogue agrees they're living in the trendiest of neighborhoods.
  • Previous PAC-MAN lives don't get to rest in a white marble mausoleum.
  • Head to the valley of the sun and earn your grade in the art of the game.
  • How well can you navigate the radiating streets of the distrito federal?
  • Victory is like gothic glockenspiel musik to our ears.
  • Pay special attention to Blinky - he might blend in with the dreaming red kangaroos!
  • You'll find the Beach PAC-MAN World Cup here before long.

Pac-Man should stay up on Google Maps for a few days. When you're done playing, check out Mount Everest in Street View.

  • Amanda Schupak

    Amanda Schupak is the science and technology editor at CBSNews.com