Google April Fools?

Looks like someone over at Google Maps may have jumped the gun.  Looking at maps is now crazy fun, with the new released Quest View of Google Maps that transforms the terrain from the normal bland white and yellow, to a beautiful, fresh, pixelated RPG representation of the world.

Go on a Quest with Google Maps

Go on a Quest with Google Maps

The amount of detail is quite impressive, with everything from icy tundra, to rocky mountains and dense green forests represented in 8-bit (or 16-bit?) splendor.

My only problem with the whole thing is that you cannot zoom down enough to see houses, though I guess it would be a lot of work to include such detail.  Some cities, like New York or Philadelphia for example, show up as castles and groups of houses on the map, but that’s the extent of it.

The Legendary cities of New York & Philadelphia in Quest View

The Legendary cities of New York & Philadelphia in Quest View

 

Try it for yourself!

Try it for yourself!

Maybe I’m being selfish and asking too much.  Still, I can’t help but wonder what my neighbourhood would look like where it a RPG map, buildings and all…

Try it out for yourself by going to Google Maps and clicking on the Quest View link at the top right of the map!

*UPDATE*

Looks like I spoke too soon!  As you can see from the image below, some famous monuments and buildings are being Questified, you just have to look and find them.  The image below is of the Biosphere in Montreal, though I’ve also found the Statue of Liberty, the White House and Washington Monument, and even Alcatraz.

Montreal's Biosphere - Questified

Montreal's Biosphere - Questified

I can’t wait to see what more Google will do with this!

*UPDATE 2*

Official video announcement from Google, hilarious as always!

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