Sunday, March 31, 2013
Treasure Map - Spolier
This year Google's April Fool's Day layer on Google Maps is an attractive Treasure Map.
The map includes a number of picture clues that you can follow to reach the hidden treasure on the maps. Each of the picture clues includes a number which is actually a latitude and longitude that you can follow to the next clue.
It seems that there are at least 8 different treasure trails that you can follow on the map. Each of the final treasures are shown with a red symbol (so far Google Maps Mania readers have found a red compass, a red ring, a red sword, a red axe, a red rope, a red coin, red bones and a red gun) Most (if not all the symbols also seem to be in the shape of different letters. Looking at the letters revealed so far it looks to me like they will end up spelling 'April Fool'. Co-ordinates to the final treasure symbols are given at the end of this post.
The first picture clue that I have found is off the coast of Southend-on-Sea, in the UK. I've followed the clues until I arrived at what I think is where the treasure is buried. If you can't be bothered to type in all the clues yourself you can follow along on this Treasure - Spoiler Map. This map follows the path to the red sword.
I don't know if this is related to any of the treasure hunts on the map but I have also found a treasure chest in Puerto Rico (switch to treasure map view to see the chest). Also (and I'm sure this unrelated to any treasure hunt) I've found a little Gangnam Style in Seoul.
Red Ring, Red Compass, Red Axe, Red Sword, Red Rope, Red Coin, Red Gun, Red Bones
Posted by Keir Clarke at 1:59 PM