Google's Pac Man Playable Logo

May 21, 2010 • 11:24 am | comments (12) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

In Japan on May 22, 1980, Pac-Man was released - which is now, although it is May 21st here in USA. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pac Man, Google has their first ever playable and interactive logo. Here is a picture of today:

Google Pacman Logo

Update: Mike from my team built a quick and dirty way to embed this onto your web site, so here it is so we never forget it:

Notice how Google swapped out, "I'm Feeling Lucky" for "Insert Coin." Very neat! And the game really works! You can play up to 256 levels in the logo, for real!

It seems to be built fully in JavaScript and DIV and CSS elements.

Go check it out at

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help, yes this is a complaint.

Update: A few hours later, Googler's have been posting your options:

If you've visited our homepage today, there's no doubt that you noticed our Pac Man doodle honoring the game's 30th anniversary. If you insert the virtual coin, you can begin playing this legendary game or you can wait 10 seconds and it will automatically start. If you're not a Pac Man fan or want to skip the music and lights, just enter you search query as usual and you'll be directed to our normal search results page. Other options include:

1. Closing your browser
2. Turning the volume down or off on your computer
3. Playing Pac Man all day long (or at least until you beat your co-workers)

Happy Friday!

Simply because there are dozens, if not hundreds of threads with complaints about the sound the Google home page makes from this Pac Man game. Here is one of many pages of complaints in Google's help forum:

PacMan Logo Complaints

Update: Google removed the sound based on complaints.

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Tim Cohn

05/21/2010 05:54 pm

Could Google’s cloud be the final frontier for gaming and yet another for @Google Advertising?

Tony Nguyen

05/21/2010 07:02 pm

Sweet. A break from my busy day.


05/21/2010 08:57 pm

For me it's always mute... I wonder if they turned the sound off completely because of complaints... Anyway, if you insert coin twice, you get a multiplayer co-op game with Pac-man and Mrs. Pac man (arrow keys and WASD respectively) Very cool!

Paul Macek

05/22/2010 05:30 am

They didn't turn off sound. They added a mute button in version 3. Check out for your own downloadable copy.


05/23/2010 09:57 am

I win! Nostalgia


05/24/2010 10:32 am

Wow. Sounds like people really didn't enjoy Pac Man. We loved it in our office though. Brightened up our Friday no end.

Sonia Mirja

05/25/2010 06:38 am

I won!


01/03/2011 04:16 am

i lost


01/07/2011 06:13 pm

Pacman without the munching sound is not the same ;)


01/07/2011 06:33 pm

I play pacman with my kids. Even my 3 year old likes it


02/09/2011 03:52 am

press insert coin twice and its two player mrs. pacmans contrals are awds a=left W=up S=down D= left


09/28/2011 09:23 pm

There are much better versions online to play. I like this flash pacman version it has a realistic map and high score table.

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