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21May/100

Why Google Rocks: Pac-Man in Google Banner (with co-op Ms. Pac-Man mode).

Why Google Rocks: Pac-Man in Google Banner (with co-op Ms. Pac-Man mode).

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man, the awesome (even more awesome than ever) Google has magically placed a Javascript version in their home page banner. By clicking on the "Insert Coin" button you will start up a new game of the original in a horizontal maze format (that spells out Google). By pressing the "Insert Coin" key a second time you can add Ms. Pac-Man in as a co-op second player.  In this mode Pac-Man uses the arrow keys and Ms. Pac-Man uses the WASD keys.

After taking a look at the Javascript for the game we found the secret behind their ability to mimic the sounds properly... FLASH!!! There is a SWF on the page that contains the arcade sounds and functions for playing them using the Javascript to Flash external interface calls.

What a brilliant idea (on all accounts).

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