How to Access the ‘Snake’ Easter Egg in Google Maps

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Google Maps is celebrating April Fool’s Day this year with a limited-edition version of the classic arcade game Snake. The easter egg will be available starting today through the end of the week. With it, you’ll be able to play Snake on your desktop as well as with Google Maps’ smartphone app in a number of iconic cities around the world including London, Cairo, Tokyo, and San Francisco.

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To play, either direct your desktop browser to Google’s specific Snake site or look for the Play Snake option in the Settings for Google Maps on your smartphone (see the GIF below for directions if you’re having trouble).

Gameplay is handled much like the old arcade game. You control the train on the screen using the arrow keys on your keyboard. Your goal is to pick up passengers for your train, which you do by running those passengers over without hitting yourself or the side of the game board. Each passenger you pick up makes your train longer, which makes it a bit harder to maneuver on the screen.

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In Google’s version, each city also has a handful of landmarks you can pick up for extra points. In San Francisco, for instance, you can get bonus points for running your train over the Golden Gate Bridge, Ferry Building, and Palace of Fine Arts.

It’s a fun little time waster and is free to play.

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