Pac-Man is hiding on the Stockholm subway (and the internet is loving it)

Stokholm subway Pac-Man design easter egg
(Image credit: Bombardier )

Design Easter eggs can pop up in all sorts of places, from logos to web templates. But if there's one activity that isn't exactly synonymous with fun design, it's commuting. Unless, that is, you happen to live in Stockholm.

An eagle-eyed Twitter user has spotted a tiny design detail onboard a subway train in Sweden's capital city, and Twitter is going absolutely wild for it. Because who needs to buy a PS5 when you can find Pac-Man on the train?

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Hiding in the air vent holes is Pac-Man and three ghosts – and it could be argued that the rest of the holes represent the ever-present dots that our yellow hero is prone to gobbling up. (Apparently they're called Pac-Dots - thanks, Wikipedia (opens in new tab)). It's a delightfully subtle touch, and one that's probably gone unnoticed by many a harried commuter.


Pac-Man was first released in 1980 (Image credit: Bandai Namco)

"I love this. A fun little human touch in a utilitarian place like a subway. It's these little treats that delight and make the experience memorable," one Twitter user comments. Meanwhile, over on Reddit (opens in new tab), one user sums it up: "I swear every post I see on reddit about Sweden makes me like the place even more."

The fun design touch can be found on Stockholm's new C30 trains, which began rolling out this year. “These figures symbolise in a playful way the Swedish gaming industry which has grown so big,” Elin Lindström, press spokesperson for Swedish transport company SL, told The Local (opens in new tab). “Even if these classic figures don't come from Sweden they're an easily recognisable and appropriate symbol to represent the gaming sector as a whole.”

And it's clear that small, funny design touches like this can go a long way. Fabiano Souza's original tweet (above) has already racked up over 215K likes, while the design has received over 67K upvotes on Reddit.

From Sony's PS5 controller symbols to the video game logo with a ridiculous amount of hidden images, we've seen no shortage of delightful video game-based Easter eggs recently. If you're looking for more design treats, check out this mind-blowing infographic revealing no less than 50 huge logo design secrets.

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).