For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to KingKuros's Quo Vadis (C64) maps.
Quo Vadis finally gets its long-overdue recognition for Maps Of The Month, an honour somehow missed until now (though it did make it onto the "VGMaps's 15th Anniversary - 15 BEST MAP SETS!" video. This large, single map also got published in Retro Gamer issue 81! What's notable about this game, you ask? Why, it was the biggest game at the time, the first to be over a thousand screens in size!
Its other claim to fame are the real riches someone could have earned. Has anyone claimed the £40,000 in prizes for solving the riddle within this game? It is now 400 months since its release, and as far as anyone can tell, it hasn't been paid out. There are six clues within this game - five found in this labyrinth and a sixth as you exit. Being the first to solve them and mailing in the correct answer should have won somebody £30,000 and a scepter worth £10,000, but that probably never happened. But at least here, KingKuros finally gets something for scouring this entire cavern! Okay, a Maps Of The Month recognition isn't the same as £40,000, but it's something.
So to recognize the effort put into mapping the first game to be over 1000 screens large. KingKuros's Quo Vadis (C64) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for January 2018.
Congratulations and thanks to the Mapmakers of 2018!