Swipe control Pac-Man in today’s Google Doodle

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Google is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man by not only patterning today’s Google Doodle after the game maze, but also making the Doodle a playable game. If that’s not crazy enough, it’s playable on handhelds using swipe control!

Running with a tip I read from a comment on Gizmodo, I popped open Google on my iPhone, switched to Classic view to get to the Doodle, and tried tapping the edges to move Pac-Man around. Worked well enough, but felt clumsy. When I tried to move away from the game, I found the touch scrolling didn’t work, but Pac-Man turned to match the direction. Sure enough, Google Doodle Pac-Man can be controlled with swipe gestures.

Game is pretty slow on my iPhone 3G but the swipe control is surprisingly smooth. I imagine it’s faster on a 3GS and also works on Android devices (don’t have my Droid on me). Feel free to confirm and celebrate Pac-Man’s 30th on your Android device, iPhone 3GS, other smartphone or iPad.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]

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  1. Brad Linder

    05/21/2010 at 11:16 am

    It’s kind of sluggish on my iPod touch (3rd gen) and Google Nexus One, but it works just well enough that I just wasted 5 minutes of my life that I can never get back. :)

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