In order to use the colored local map, the player must first select it in his inventory. Once it is selected, the player must then click the create/use button. This will cause a colored local map to appear in the top right corner. Clicking it again will cause the map to shrink, and clicking one last time will make it disappear. Unlike the Local Map, the colored local map not only displays things in color, but also represents other entities on the island, allowing the player to track the location of more than just himself. For instance, Cannibals are represented by a red dot, meanwhile the location of the player's pet is represented by a green dot. This allows the player to be a lot more tactical in how he plots his movements.
The colored map has been in the game since release, and was ported to Steam with Version 1.5 and later Android with Version 1.4.5. It has remained largely unchanged throughout all versions.