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Seriously, Open Google Maps On Your Phone Right Now

Image via Shutterstock, a man launching Google Maps on his phone.

On Friday, Google launched one of its famous “doodles,” but this time it hit smart phones across America. Instead of the classic “doodle” — a fun picture or game on the www.google.com search bar — smart phone users got a surprise in the maps app: Ms. Pac-Man!

Here’s how to get started. When you open the app, it should look like this.

Google Maps screenshot, courtesy of Tyler O’Neil

For a better view, flip it sideways.

Google Maps screenshot, courtesy of Tyler O’Neil

To get started, tap the button on the right or the bottom bar, which gives you a preview of Ms. Pac-Man.

Here are a few samples, from a map around the White House:

Google Maps screenshot, courtesy of Tyler O’Neil

Here’s what happens when you can catch the ghosts!

Google Maps screenshot, courtesy of Tyler O’Neil

Seriously, this is awesome.

But there are a few places it won’t work.

https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/847884319448338432

People on Twitter are loving it.

Some want Google Maps to make it permanent.

I agree.

One of the best things about this Google Maps Ms. Pac-Man is that you can play it anywhere, and unlike Pokémon Go, it does not involve walking with your phone. The bad news is, every time you bring up Google Maps to navigate in the car, you’ll be tempted.