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Google's Pac-Man logo is playable on iPad

updated 11:50 am EDT, Fri May 21, 2010

Google snubs Adobe by making non Flash game

Google dealt a snub to Adobe on Friday with a tribute to the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man. Despite sharing stage time with Adobe just this week, a playable version of Pac-Man on the page works with both the iPad and iPhone -- revealing that it's not using Flash. Apple's phones and other touchscreen devices instead use swipe gestures to steer the classic arcade game.

Although it goes without a plugin, it still includes most features of the Namco original. Audio won't necessarily play on every device, however.

The use is ironic as Adobe has insisted that web games needed Flash and has received heavy support from Google, which is bundling Flash with Chrome and is making Flash an important if not de facto part of Android 2.2. Google, however, has been one of the strongest advocates of platform-independent web technology and has supported technology like HTML5 ahead of Adobe.

Google's logo should disappear from the front page after Friday but is likely to be found in its logo archive in the future.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    that's not a snub

    in the "open" world you use the best tools to accomplish a job in the best way.

    it's not a snub.

  1. facebook_Benson

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    Joined: May 2010


    Except that the game DOES use flash

    The Google doodle pac-man game does use flash. The game logic seems to be all javascript, but the sound effects are coming from a well hidden flash object.

    Try killing the Flash plugin from Chrome as you play the game and you'll see...

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Googe advocates options not one particular option

    Lets use the political model that Reisinger brought up yesterday.

    In the political realm you are either for Civil Rights or against them.
    You are either for private property rights or against them.

    You can't speak even for one second about the intersection between Civil Rights and Property Rights, because all Joe Sixpack cares about is where to get the next beer or pour down his gullet.

    So, if you got used to that thinking, you've decided companies are either for or against Flash.

    Sorry, but you are wrong. Google is for having Flash as a choice, they have never recommended you use Flash, and wouldn't. Flash is proprietary and its not owned by Google. They just want Flash as a choice on their phones for those that need it. Google is not promoting Flash in the simple simon way you envision the world.

  1. RoosterJuice

    Joined: Dec 1969


    this website is stupid

    Snub? You aren't aware that Google supports html 5 and javascript? My god this news post is garbage.

    "Cuz here at MacNN, no news, is made up news"

  1. anthology123

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Google Pac-Man

    Try playing the game and get past the first level. The next level has two, Pac-man and Ms. Pac-man, using both the cursor keys and the asdwx keys too.

    I thought Apple was never against Flash on iPhone OS, they will accept it when there is a decent 64-bit version that will not drain the battery or take all the CPU bandwidth.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I would think that Apple could change its

    mind about using Flash if Adobe delivered a really decent version. However, I'm just not sure if Apple's refusal to use Flash is more than strictly a performance/crash/security issue. If Apple really does want open web standards, then Apple should just hold its present stance and not cave in. That's Apple's decision and I'll go along with whatever they decide. I don't hate Flash and I don't love Flash. I only want a good internet experience no matter how it's done.

  1. DeezNutts

    Joined: Dec 1969


    what a joke of a 'news' article

    Google not putting a full blown flash game on their homepage is no snub on adobe.

    And the game uses flash for audio so maybe Adobe isn't totally crazy when they say Flash is needed for games on the web! Surely flash is the most accessible games engine on the internet currently.

  1. chadayers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Can't beat the 1st level of Pacman on Google's log

    Check out my modified version!

  1. FranciscoNET

    Joined: Dec 1969


    For those of you who missed the opportunity...

    For those of you who missed the opportunity to play the Google version of Pac Man, now you can do so at:
    It looks identical how it used to look when that logo appeared on
    and it should continue working on the iPad plus all devices it was working on.

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