Instead of a weekend puzzle, I have a REAL Nancy Drew mystery for you to solve! It’s something I’m working on solving, too.
For many years, I have seen discussions on the message board as well as seen emails come in that question about the Easter Eggs in The Creature of Kapu Cave. Now before you jump to any specualtions, keep in mind that “Easter Eggs” can be actual artistic eggs in your inventory as shown in this image, or they can simply be a fun item or reward or reference in the game, like spotting a Koko Kringle sticker in Alibi in Ashes or something.
However, I need your help in defining the Easter Eggs in The Creature of Kapu Cave! Are you ready for the challenge?
Based on my research in the Her Interactive archive files and notes, here is all I have gathered:
Clue #1 – The Early Design Notes
These are the notes our designer gives to the production team to write the code for an Easter Egg to be entered into the game. Today, we have a different designer, so I can’t ask the previous person about this.
Clue #2 – The Trinkets Exist!
All of the “trinkets” listed above match the code names in the game code:
- Dashboard Hula
- Coconut Monkey
- Mini Ukulele
- Totem Key Chain (shown above)
- Unlucky Rock (shown above)
The first three trinkets you can purchase at the souvenir stand, but the Totem key chain and unlucky rock APPEARS in the Immersion Center environment folders… so I suspect they are prizes from playing Wiki Tiki and winning.
Wiki Tiki: I tried researching how to beat the game each time, but it looks like it is a randomly generated game… so all you need to do is keep trying…? Can anyone confirm that you can get these two prizes from the game?
Clue #3 – The Lockers
As mentioned in the design notes above, there may be silly Easter Eggs (like the banana) in one of the lockers. I forget which one…
Note: all of the locker combinations are located in the computer in the lab. SPECIAL Note: Locker #16 has a different combination than what is listed in the game. The correct combination is 2-7-6-4 and I can confirm that this works because I tried it. 😉
Clue #4 – The Real Egg
I jumped into the archived code and found that there really is a blue Easter Egg that jumps into your inventory at some point. Sadly, I couldn’t find how this is earned. Perhaps the code wasn’t written for the egg? Perhaps there is a special way to get this egg? I don’t know, but I do know that it is hiding in the code of every one of your games. I took a screenshot of this, it’s the first egg image above.
Clue #5 – The Award
According to the official strategy guide, one of the Sassy Detective awards is this:
Super Snooper: You found at least two hidden items in the game!
So this must mean both Easter Eggs mentioned in the design notes above, right?
The Mystery Task List:
- Find out how to earn the Totem Key Chain and Unlucky rock (by playing Wiki Tiki?)
- Purchase all three souvenirs at the stand
- Open all of the lockers at the Hilihili Research lab
- Get that blue Easter Egg into your inventory
- Report findings here on the blog
Alright, who is going on an investigation with me?