Google Maps 8-Bit Easter Eggs: Secret Spots For Keen-Eyed Gamers

Posted on 01 April 2012 by author

Merely two hours ago, Google launched its April Fools’ Day prank which features a full view of Google Maps in 8-bit, which you can later on port to a NES cartridge, so you can play it on those decade old family computer. See how it was made here.

Thanks to the tips we’re receiving, it appears there’s so much more to this than actually seeing the map in eight-bit form. As it turns out, Big G put several ‘easter eggs’ within the diagram as well. Naturally, gamers are here to put their eyes ‘keen-on’ and look for all the secrets on the map. Some of the pics that were sent on our mail are listed below.

Note: You can simply click this link to begin your search or, type “quest” on maps.google.com

Buckingham Palace Along With Big Ben On The Right

The White House

‘Nessie’ The Lochness Monster

Mr. UFO Spotted on Area 51

Google’s Homebase at Mountain View With Android Mascot

Guy (Yeti/Big Foot) Lost in Mount Everest

The Pyramids (nothing special)

Ghost In Mt. Fuji

By the way, you can also go “street view” by dragging that ‘guy’ on the zoom bar, all the way to the map (toggled by blue points) — although the images you’ll see aren’t transformed in 8-bit. Feel free to comment if you found other goodies on the new map!

Update 1: A forumer from Gaf sent us these images. Plus, a bonus picture which appears to be real-life map images transformed into eight-bit.

First Dragon Spotted in Germany

And another one

Mr. Zombie located here

Sample of a transformed image into 8-bit

Update 2: Coming from the same source, two images were spotted. The first one is this “naruto whirlpool” which might be familiar to all those who are following the big Japan earthquake last year. The next image is an 8-bit version of Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Update 3: A werewolf found in Lake Neuchatel (Switzerland) and this mysterious looking creature (looks like a snail) on Portugal.


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  1. marc aussure (Reply) Posted on April 1st, 2012 at 6:18 am

    hey i found another one just off bovinger in england its looks like a dark wizard

  2. doppelhelix (Reply) Posted on April 1st, 2012 at 6:51 am

    2456 U.S. 209, Kingston, Ulster, New York 12401 near the Oliver house, c. 1840 & later; Gothic Revival

  3. abc (Reply) Posted on April 1st, 2012 at 4:34 pm


  4. ajb (Reply) Posted on April 1st, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    So what about the two boys on the white house map
    9bottom right corner of your screenshot)”

  5. Codyzor (Reply) Posted on April 1st, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    In San Francisco, the Embarcadero Building and Clarendon Heights tower in the middle of the city. The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Buildilng all in New York. The White House, Washington Memorial, Smithsonian Museum and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. The Space Needle and the Seattle Asian Art Museum(?) in Seattle, Washington. The CN Tower in Toronto, Canada. In Australia, the Sydney Opera House. Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower in Shanghai, China. The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, India. In Paris, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

  6. mechy (Reply) Posted on April 1st, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    found a ghost at 45.045389,10.327148
    two boys at 45.464826,9.1956

  7. Codyzor (Reply) Posted on April 1st, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    As well as…O’Connell Street Lower in Dublin, Ireland. The Roman Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. The Parthenon in Athens, Greece. St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Red Square in Moscow. The Taj Mahal in India.The Chichen Itza pyramid in Mexico.

  8. Lookatroopa (Reply) Posted on April 2nd, 2012 at 1:19 am


  9. Andrew (Reply) Posted on April 2nd, 2012 at 6:34 am

    The “snail” is a wyvern from Dragon Quest. Just assume that the things you’re not familiar with are the game’s monsters.

  10. Hyoukami (Reply) Posted on April 2nd, 2012 at 10:26 am

    another dragon at Hawaii

  11. Jenny (Reply) Posted on April 2nd, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Found a dungeon: 0.024947,0.066047

    Drop your ‘adventurer’ right below the troll… there is a special google photo there -enjoy!

  12. Giovanni (Reply) Posted on April 7th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    try to look for :Bronte, Italy


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