Over the years, Waldo has turned up in all sorts of iconic locations, from Hollywood to the North Pole. But this week is our favorite: Waldo’s iconic striped shirt and glasses turned up at a track meet in the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea (trust us – he’s in there somewhere).
For the first week of April 2018, Google Maps is partnering with the childhood favorite for a fun mini-game, replicating illustrator Martin Handford’s intricate, colorful drawings in real-life locations, including an Australian beach and a ski slope in Chile. Once Waldo is spotted in one location, players are “transported to places all around the world” to start the search again.
Waldo appears in the track meet illustration amidst wrong-way runners, soaring pole vaulters, panicked race directors, and tons of funny shenanigans. In addition to finding him, you’ll also need to track down his friends – Wenda, Woof, Wizard Whitebeard, and Odlaw. We’d hint at their events of specialty, but that’d give it away – or would it?
To play the game on a smartphone open the Google Maps app; on a computer, visit the Google Maps website. An image of Waldo will pop up on the screen, inviting you to play. Warning: Where’s Waldo in online form is just as addicting as the books of your childhood, so don’t open unless you’ve got time to spare.