Minecraft Mods

Antique Atlas - a rustic map alternative

Navigating the beautiful randomly generated world of Minecraft can be disorienting sometimes, and that's where maps come in to make it easier. Antique Atlas is an alternative, and in many respects improvement, to the regular maps with a more rustic, old-school RPG look that fits in well with some of the top mods these days. Let's take a look…

You might be wondering why Antique Atlas is necessary, and you'd be right to do that - it isn't. It is however a very nice style change to the maps that compliments other old-school RPG inspired mods (for example Zelda Sword Skills). While the vanilla Minecraft map takes the average block color and makes it a pixel, Antique Atlas opts for a much nicer texture-based approach which results in a much nicer map.

The Antique Atlas is crafted by combining a book and a compass and works similarly to the vanilla map - it's empty at first and right clicking with it in hand activates it. Exploring fills it, even when you're not holding it. The key usability difference here is probably the fact that the map expands as much as you need it to and you can pan over it, meaning you only really need the one antique atlas, unlike the clunky map system.

Antique Atlases can be cloned - just put your filled atlas into the crafting grid with an empty one, and they empty one will become a carbon copy. The atlases will also be linked, so content between them will remain consistent, meaning you can leave a backup at home while exploring with the new one. You can also combine two atlases into one with both of their discovered areas by just putting them both in the grid. These management features make Antique Atlas much easier to use than vanilla maps.

Antique Atlas also supports markers that you can place anywhere on the atlas, give them a name, and select an appropriate icon. This allows you to mark mine entrances, houses, dungeons and anything you need to mark down, and is an extremely useful feature.

And that's about it. It's a simple, but very effective mod, and I recommend it to anyone that isn't for some reason personally attached to vanilla maps. You can get it yourself here:

Download the Antique Atlas mod here!

Installation instructions:

  1. Install the Forge API.
  2. Run Minecraft at least once.
  3. Put the .jar file in the mods folder located in your .minecraft folder.
  4. For any additional info, head to our big Mod Installation Guide.
  5. Ready to go! Enjoy.

Like always, feel free to leave any feedback you might have in the comment section below.

Version of mod reviewed: v4.2.10 for Minecraft 1.8.