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Google adds 'Where's Waldo?' game to Maps as part of annual April Fools' Day joke

Google Maps now greets its users with a familiar face of Waldo in his signature red and white stripes.

  • Published: April 2, 2018 10:03 AM IST
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Google is adding a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ to Google Maps as part of its April Fools’ Day joke. The game will be available on Android, iOS and the desktop version of Google Maps. Through this week, Google Maps users will see a Waldo pop up in his signature red and white stripes and offer a friendly wave. From there, Google Maps users can simply tap or click on his avatar and get started with the game.

On clicking Waldo, Google shows an option to play a game that is straight out of the classic children’s puzzle books. The game is part of Google’s annual April Fools’ Day jokes and the Maps integration is a cool addition to the effort. Aside from Waldo, the game also asks players to find his friends including Wenda, Woof, Wizard Whitebeard and also the Odlaw. Honestly, the game seems simple at the start but as you move across locations on the map, it becomes difficult to identify all of these characters. The game involves six different levels or to be more specific, six different locations ranging from Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium to Kennedy Space Center.

Once you find Waldo, you’ll be transported to places all around the world, where you can search for Waldo over and over again. Finding all the characters across all locations is challenging with the Woof (all you can see is his tail) being one of the difficult characters to spot on the map.

Since the game is designed by Google, there is also a Google Assistant integration. You can ask “Where’s Waldo?” on a home speaker, Chromebook or Android smartphone and Google says the game will start. How it works on those devices remains unknown. This isn’t the first time that Google has introduced a character within Maps.

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Last month, the search giant turned Maps into a place for Nintendo’s Mario by replacing the usual turn-by-turn navigation arrow with Mario’s avatar inside a kart. Mario ventured into Google Maps as part of Mario Day and Waldo is more of a fun element added to April Fools’ Day. While no one is getting fooled here since Waldo exists on the map, the company did play some other prank in the form of a hardware keyboard from the Gboard team. If you are like me then you will feel that these April Fools’ Day jokes by tech companies are not that cool anymore.

  • Published Date: April 2, 2018 10:03 AM IST