Google is pretty well known for hidden “easter eggs” in their programs and celebrating April Fool’s Day with silly little nuggets. When April Fool’s Day and Easter landed on the same day, we all knew we were in for something fun.
Google did not disappoint. They hid a classic game inside Google Maps and gave users the option to play if they wanted:
Google Maps is taking April Fool's Day to a whole new level. I've been looking for Waldo all morning. pic.twitter.com/TXdIa8Fhxb
— Kelsey Hightower (@kelseyhightower) April 1, 2018
If users opted to play, they would be taken to a different section on the map to get the party started. If not, they got their directions as usual.
Yeah, it went pretty much how you’d expect. People wasted hours… but seemed to have fun!
Is this the April fool on Google maps ? pic.twitter.com/tdp6K1sxCS
— Sylvia Moeller (@laptopjunkie) April 1, 2018
I can’t stop. I know I should be doing other more “responsible” things, but it’s Waldo! Bring back Magic Eye and my day is completely over.
— Dave Cohn (@daveyupst8s) April 1, 2018
Level 4. I'm done for this morning pic.twitter.com/pSAK3bpl0f
— Afdtechtalk (@afdtechtalk) April 1, 2018
I got my Where's Waldo Master badge! pic.twitter.com/Arnn0JDFNh
— Laura Morillo (@Laura_Morillo) April 1, 2018
Completed all 6 stages. I couldn't find the dog at all
— BasementCat (@BasementNyanko) April 1, 2018
He popped up on my map last night! Was wondering what that was about… Awesome!
— ritam (@ritam) April 1, 2018
Say thank you to her, it was so much fun.
— Yevgen Safronov (@sejoker) April 1, 2018
Of course, not everyone was excited about the game:
Google Maps has some “Where's Waldo” shenanigans thing going for April Fool's, and it makes the app completely useless
— Susan Fowler (@susanthesquark) April 1, 2018
I hate it. Google maps is a tool, not for entertainment. They wasted engineer hours on this, made an update, all this probably worsens app performance and battery power. These companies need to practice self control sometimes
— SJ (@sjaay) April 1, 2018
For April Fool’s I like to remind everyone that the coding effort expended on Google pranks would have kept Google Reader alive indefinitely
— Pinboard (@Pinboard) April 1, 2015
If you’re bummed out that you missed it, don’t worry. Waldo will be hanging around for a while.
April Fool's Day is on Sunday, but 'Where's Waldo?' will be kicking around on Google Maps for the next week. https://t.co/5wutVFvFIA
— Mashable (@mashable) March 31, 2018