Swipe control Pac-Man in today’s Google Doodle

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.


  1. 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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