Google celebrates Pac-Man birthday with playable logo

— 3:36 PM on May 21, 2010

The granddaddy of arcade games is turning 30 tomorrow, and to celebrate the occasion, Google has changed its search engine logo to a Pac-Man-themed "Google Doodle." But there's a twist: after a few seconds—or if the user clicks the "Insert Coin" button—the Doodle turns into a fully playable port of the game.

According to the official Google Blog, much attention was paid to making the port as authentic as possible:

Google doodler Ryan Germick and I made sure to include PAC-MAN’s original game logic, graphics and sounds, bring back ghosts’ individual personalities, and even recreate original bugs from this 1980’s masterpiece. We also added a little easter egg: if you throw in another coin, Ms. PAC-MAN joins the party and you can play together with someone else (PAC-MAN is controlled with arrow keys or by clicking on the maze, Ms. PAC-MAN using the WASD keys).

Google will only keep the Pac-Man Doodle live through tomorrow, so if you still haven't tried it, don't wait!

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