Google celebrates Pac-Man's 30th anniversary with playable logo

In keeping with its tradition of celebrating historical events, the Maestro of Search has created a custom "doodle" to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man. This doodle, however, is the first ever fully interactive Google logo - just give it a second or hit the "Insert Coin" button and it'll kick in, then watch as whatever it was you were about to do wakka-wakkas into oblivion.

The simulation is surprisingly complete - according to CNET, Google worked with Namco-Bandai to recreate all 255 levels with authentic sounds, animations, and "coffee breaks" (the animations between stages). Protip: Hit "Insert Coin" twice for two players, with Ms. Pac-Man!

Now that you've seen it, if for some reason you hadn't already (Grandma? Is that you?), don't be the last person to say to your friends, "Hey guys did you see the Google homepage today? That was cool." Go on... update your Facebook status, and inform Twitter that you, too, have seen Pac-Google. And if you want to sound really snooty, talk about how it was built entirely in Javascript, HTML, and CSS, and then say something vague about the future of web standards.

May 21, 2010


  • Cyberninja - May 23, 2010 7:14 p.m.

    everyone in my computer class was playing it it was awesome.
  • Cwf2008 - May 22, 2010 4 a.m.

    That was tough but i stopped playing it. Damn you Pacman for being so hard at times yet so addictive!
  • groxack - May 22, 2010 1:44 a.m.

    Hey guys did you see the Goo... damn it, to late I guess.
  • Tronto13 - May 21, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    Loved this :) played it over and over for way too long... :\
  • Jesse1066 - May 21, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    I'm looking forward to the 30th anniversary of Doom. Just 14 years to go! It'll be great!
  • Valntyne - May 21, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    Wow, this is Great! Looks like this "little" industry of ours is Finally getting it's due.
  • chunko97 - May 21, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    Beat it! Very cool idea.
  • saya-MON - May 21, 2010 9:02 p.m.

    Google has raised the bar, expecting more of those playable logos.
  • chrisda - May 21, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    Did i just get sucked into a logo on google? yes, i did, awesome
  • CandiedJester - May 21, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    It so awesooooome.
  • ventanger - May 21, 2010 6:38 p.m.

    Hey guys did you see the Google homepage today? That was cool. Also, it was built entirely in Javascript, HTML, and CSS. And further more, web standards.

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