21 May, 2010

Google Celebrates Pac-Man's 30th Anniversary

If you have performed a search on Google today, you can’t have failed to notice a familiar dot-munching yellow blob and his arch enemies, the coloured ghosties, patiently awaiting your click on the ‘Insert Coin’ button.

One click and you’re hooked. I hope you have some time to spare, or Pac-Man worthy keyboard dexterity, as this is a fully playable 226 level game -- including the kill screen that was included in the original -- 226 levels!

This is the first interactive doodle (their term for anniversary and event-specific logos) that Google have produced since its inception in 1999, and was created by Senior User Experience Designer, Marcin Wichary and professional Google Doodler, Ryan Germick, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the game’s Japanese release.

If playing Google’s Pac-Man logo has brought out the retro gamer in you, come along to the new Games Lounge at the National Media Museum, where you can play arcade classics such as Pong, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and of course, Pac-Man to your heart’s content; all on original arcade machines; all at the price you would have paid when they were first released!

Find out more about it on our Games Lounge minisite, or visit the National Media Museum website.


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