Google has helped find many things throughout the years but this time he’s answering one of the world’s biggest dilemma: Where’s Waldo? Buzz60’s Maria Mercedes Galuppo has more.
It’s April Fools’ Day, and that’s always a popular time for Google, the always whimsical ubiquitous corporate megalith. And since map integrations are among the company’s favorite gags, this year we’re seeing a familiar face that, in retrospect, it’s surprising we haven’t seen before. Google is running a little Where’s Waldo game inside of Maps all week, and all you’ve got to do is open up a Google Maps window on your browser to see Waldo waving on the left side of the screen — give him a click and you’ll start playing.
What follows is a much more straightforward experience than some of Google Maps’ gags in the past: you see a little Waldo icon in a place and then tap on it, which brings up a page from one of the classic books. Then you mouse around — it’s actually a bit easier than with a book because you’ve got zoom to work with. Waldo is in there, and you can find his buddies too if you feel like it. But once you’ve found him you can go to a new location, with a new picture: the map screen just sort of loads the new place instead of asking you to find it. Less of an AR game and more of a menu, at the end of the day.