GOOGLE Maps has launched a new "virtual treasure hunt" for UK users – and is giving away free movie downloads to the winners.Created on a bespoke Goog
GOOGLE Maps has launched a new “virtual treasure hunt” for UK users – and is giving away free movie downloads to the winners.
Created on a bespoke Google Map, the game challenges you to discover and download films around the UK from the comfort of your sofa.
The movies, which include “The Theory of Everything” and “Atonement”, have been hidden as pins in locations relating to where they were set.
Google released the map, available here, as part of its marketing campaign for the new Google Pixel 5G smartphone.
“With the nation in lockdown and many new film releases delayed until next year, there is sanctuary to be found in reliving the pleasures of favourite films,” Google said in a statement.
The tech titan partnered with the British Film Institute earlier this month to curate a list of 50 top rewatchable British films from the past 50 years.
A selection of Google’s favourites from this list have been hidden as pins in locations across the map.
To find them, search the map for custom pin icons in a location significant to each film.
Tap any film in the bottom tray for a hint to help you find the pin.
For Four Weddings and a Funeral, for example, the clue reads: “In the words of David Cassidy, when he was still with the Partridge Family, I think I love you. And I think you’ll love this theatre.”
Google Earth – the key facts
Here’s what you need to know…
- Google Earth is a computer program that provides detailed views of Earth
- It renders a 3D representation of Earth, largely based on satellite imagery
- The app first launched on June 11, 2001
- This allows users to see cities and landscapes from different angles
- The app is available on computers and mobile devices
- According to Google, the Earth program covers more than 98% of the world
- Google also claims to have captured more than 10million miles of Street View imagery
This prompts you to scan to the location of the film’s iconic “I think I love you” scene – London’s Southbank.
If you head there on the map, you’ll come across a pin in the shape of a sheep – a recurring theme from the film.
Google’s virtual quiz runs from November 25 for two weeks until all the symbols of each film are revealed in December.
Films and their corresponding clues will be added every three days over this time and the first people to find each pin will receive a code, allowing them to rent the film on Google Play.
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