Google may have been busy getting rid of their popular URL shorterner earlier today, but that’s not all that the search giant has been up to. Since it seems no company can resist the urge to do something to celebrate what many consider the worst day on the internet, Google also took this chance to hop into the April Fool’s fray. We try not to give too much attention to anything that’s completely and utterly false, though in this instance you can, in fact, play Where’s Waldo on Google Maps. Google flat out says that his is an April Fool’s event, though it’s also running from today until the end of the week to give you an extra chance to get your finding fix.
To get started, simply open up Google Maps on your phone or computer, and wait for Waldo to pop up in the upper left corner of the screen. Tap on Waldo and you’ll have the chance to start playing. Waldo will take you on a tour of a few different areas, and your job will be to find Waldo in order to move onto the next map. To keep you a little bit busier, you can also look for Waldo’s friends Wenda, Woof, Wizard Whitebeard, and apparently his nemesis Odlaw. Having not looked at a Where’s Waldo book in probably at least 20 years, I can’t say that I recognize any of those other names but younger Waldo fans probably have some idea what you’ll be looking for.
The first few stages are pretty easy, with Waldo showing up on the first screen shown once the game started for me. Though in case the starting screen changes for other users, you can easily scroll around the window to look for the famed red and white striped shirt wearing wanderer. Stage 3 started to get a bit visually obnoxious and I honestly just gave up at that point. You can earn badges for finding Waldo across several different levels though, so if you’re into that kind of thing that gives you something to aim for.
What do you think about Where’s Waldo getting added to Google Maps? Will you be popping on to look for Waldo and friends? Tell us what you think in the comment section below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: The Verge