As part of their annual April Fool’s Day festivities, Google has given their Maps service an interesting “upgrade” that old-school gamers may enjoy. As seen above, a new Quest option at the Google Maps website transforms the map into a pixelated 8-bit world, similar to RPGs from years past. Viewers can see any region of the world in this new mode, at all levels of zoom; some areas even have interesting sprites to be found, if users look hard enough.
Google also created a video introducing and explaining the service, viewable below.
April Fool’s Day on the Internet has to be one of the best days of the year, because of stuff like this. I wonder how much time Google puts into their pranks.