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You Can Play 'Snake' in Your Google Maps App Right Now

Instead of an 8-bit snake, it's a train — and you pick up passengers, landmarks and local dishes for points.
By Samantha Teague
April 01, 2019
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You Can Play 'Snake' in Your Google Maps App Right Now

Instead of an 8-bit snake, it's a train — and you pick up passengers, landmarks and local dishes for points.
By Samantha Teague
April 01, 2019
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From web searches and browsers to email and document storage, Google has its fingers in plenty of different online pies. Many of its services have become such a part of our daily lives that we no longer give them much thought, but every now and then the company has fun with one of its platforms — bringing Pac-ManMario Kart and Where's Waldo? to Google Maps, for example.

For the company's latest entertaining attempt to direct everyone towards one of its specific sites, it's playing with another retro title, combing Snake with Google Maps. And, no, you don't need a Nokia 3310 to play it. This time, though, instead of an 8-bit snake, you're driving a train around one of six cities, and picking up passengers, landmarks and local dishes for points. And Sydney is one of the cities you can play in.

Driving one of its famed yellow trains, you'll pick up bathers from Bondi and the northern beaches, the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and pavlovas — while trying not to crash into the train's 'tail' or the perimeter (Gladys wouldn't be too happy if you crashed one of her trains, guys).

Elsewhere, you can drive trains in Cairo, São Paulo, Tokyo, London, San Francisco or the 'World' — where you'll find landmarks and dishes from all six cities.

While it's been launched as an 'April Fool's Joke', it's a game that you can actually play right now, and, supposedly, until the end of the week. To play it in the Google Maps, head to the menu and click on 'Play Snake' under 'Offline Maps'. If you don't have the app, you can head to Google Map's standalone Snake site on your mobile or desktop, too.

Head to the Google Maps app or the Google Maps Snake website to start playing.

Published on April 01, 2019 by Samantha Teague

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