Posted April 1, 2012 by Adam Shurey in Feature

Google Maps Now Has An RPG Style ‘Quest View’

We’ve seen some rather amusing April Fools jokes over the years, and Google have given us a real cracker this time. If you head over to Google Maps, you’ll notice that there’s a new ‘Quest View’ option on the menu. If you select it, the whole world becomes 8 bit and pixelated, in the style of classic RPGs of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) era of gaming. You can see what Australia looks like with the new view in the picture above. Zooming in, major cities are represented by castle symbols, while smaller ones are displayed as towns. Even the Street View option has been modified. Google released a humorous promotional video advertising Google Maps’ new support for the NES platform. The video shows off ‘gameplay’ in the style of the early Dragon Quest games:

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Let us know what you think of Google’s prank in the comments below!

Adam Shurey

A well-rounded gamer who believes that no matter the platform, there will always be great games to be found. Whether it's for handheld, PC, or console - he'll play it. Well, as long as he's not too busy getting stuck into the latest RPG.



    Why doesn’t blowing on the cartridge work on modern technology? We have devolved.


    awsome gag, this is one of the rare good type of a1 pranks.
    @pete, i think the question is how did blowing in the cart always manage to fix those things? i think if we understood what happens inside a tempermental nintendo we’d probably know alot more about the universe.
    wheres dr.karl when u need him…

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