The Playable Pac-Man Google Logo

May 21st, 2010 by Benj Edwards

Pac-Man 30th Anniversary Google Doodle

In honor of Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary, Google has created its most amazing Google Doodle yet: a playable browser-based version of Pac-Man in the usual Google logo space. They did an excellent job, complete with authentic graphics, sounds, and scoring.

When you first go to Google, you’ll see a static image. Wait a few seconds and the page will reload with a hybrid JavaScript/Flash application (it uses Flash for sound) that brings the Google logo to life. Excellent work, Google!

P.S. If anyone figures out how to save a playable version of the game, let me know. I haven’t had to time to dig into it yet.

11 Responses to “The Playable Pac-Man Google Logo”

  1. JackSoar Says:

    While I certainly appreciate the sentiment behind it, I was unfortunately one of those who experienced not a jolly game of Pac-Man when I loaded up Firefox earlier, but a frightening array of bleeps and boops that followed me to every site I visited until I looked up the problem and figured out what happened.

    Turns out that when you have the common “Cool Previews” add-on in Firefox, combined with the default Firefoxified Google homepage, the game still loads, but you don’t see the Pac-ified logo. All you hear are the sounds and they stay on until you disable the add-on. Really ear-splitting beeps too, since I had my earphones in while using my netbook at a cafe today. Almost jumped out of my seat!

  2. Xyzzy Says:

    Wow, I have to admit that was really cool, and I did a lot better than I normally do playing anything using the keyboard arrows! (Not to say I did well; I just didn’t die repeatedly on the first level. Enjoying retro games doesn’t mean a person’s *good* at them, after all…)

    Something a big odd, though… All of the Pac Man games I’ve played had him at the same speed as the ghosts, but Google’s version makes the ghosts a little faster so they can overtake & eat you.

  3. Zephyrxc Says:

    I played pac-man for an unreasonable amount of time back in the day. The ghosts were always faster than pac on a straight path. He could take corners faster though, giving you an opportunity to escape the pursuit.

  4. Benj Edwards Says:

    Zephyrxc is right. I also believe that Pac-Man is also slower while eating dots than when he is not.

  5. Keith Gable Says:

    I love the fact that the game is JavaScript and HTML5.

  6. idisjunction Says:

    You can download the Google Pac-Man game here: . I can’t take the credit for it, though.

  7. TCM Says:

    Missed it (I don’t use Google search), but I can remember playing it on the old Atari 2600 years ago; I like how they used bird songs for all the sound effects in that game, at least in the Atari version.

  8. bijuneYYan Says:

    🙂 whenever you get time.. go here

  9. Benj Edwards Says:

    Thanks for the links, guys.

  10. Ant Says:

    Pac-Man always slow down when eating.

  11. RubberBekki Says:

    There’s a LOT of detail about the internals of Pac Man here:

    Compared to the many versions of Pac Man I’ve played it’s playable and is quite faithful to the original. It does have a bit of lag in the controls since it has to go through all those layers of rendering within a browser via JavaScript and Flash.

    But, of course, the original arcade version is the real deal. Thank goodness for MAME. 😉

    For grinz I took a peek at some of the source for Google’s implementation. If one wanted to they can create their own browser-based version with custom graphics. I don’t know about maze mods but it couldn’t be that hard. All the graphics are in one image file. 🙂

    Which reminds me, does anyone else remember 3-Demon?

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