Illustration for article titled Google Maps Quest View turns your commute into an RPG

I don't know if Google Maps is gifting us with an early April Fool's Day prank, but I hope Quest View sticks around. Click on the right-hand corner of your Google map to see your local landscape transformed into a pixelated video game map, complete with mountains and trees in the appropriate places. You even get a little viking as your personal icon. But what's that little red guy on the screen?

[Google Maps] Thanks to Art for sending this our way!

Edit: Ah, and here's where we get the April Fool's joke:

Second Edit: Several folks are noting that the whole theme comes from the video game Dragon Quest, and those little red dudes are Slimes from the game. Thanks, Dragon Questers!

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