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Google's April Fool Gag: This Is How You Can Play The Iconic 'Snake' Game On Google Maps Today

Written By Tanmay Patange | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Google Maps has successfully's tapped into our 90s nostalgia by introducing the iconic 'Snake' game
  • You can play the game in different locations worldwide like Cairo, London, San Francisco, São Paulo, Sydney and Tokyo

Google Maps has successfully tapped into our 90s nostalgia by introducing the iconic 'Snake' game that was popularised by Nokia handsets in the late 90s and early 2000s. So today, all users irrespective of their location can play Snake on Google Maps' mobile apps as well as the web version on desktop.

In this article, we show you how you can play Snake on Google Maps. Here is everything you need to know.

Apparently, folks over at Google Maps have opted for server-sided rollout this time around since you don't necessarily have to update your Google Maps app manually on your handset. You can play the game in different locations across the world such as Cairo, London, San Francisco, São Paulo, Sydney and Tokyo

How to play Snake on Google Maps

  1. Open the Google Maps app.
  2. Tap on the menu icon on the top left corner.
  3. Then select "Play Snake."
  4. Start picking up passengers.

"Once you’ve selected a city, start picking up as many passengers as you can as your train travels around the world—stopping everywhere from Big Ben, the Great Sphinx of Giza to the Eiffel Tower. But make sure you don’t run off the map (or into yourself)!," said Google Maps Product Manager Omar Abdelaziz.

Google has also hosted a standalone website https://snake.googlemaps.com/ so that users can play Snake even long after April Fool's day is over.

Yes, this is all part of Google's tradition of playing April Fool's Day pranks on its users, in case you have started to wonder whether this is an actual feature that would let users navigate as (or with) Snake, in addition to foot, car, train and bicycle, and it won't exist in the app tomorrow onwards.

But hey, you can always head to snake.googlemaps.com and cherish it forever.

READ | Microsoft to refrain from April Fools' Day stunts this year to avoid "unwanted news cycles"

Last week, Microsoft was seen taking a stand against April Fools' Day jokes after Chris Capossela, the company's CMO and EVP of Consumer Business, circulated an internal memo, urging employees not to participate in April Fools' Day pranks tradition this year.

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