Hello fellow sleuths! I was going through my Nancy Drew digital archive today (for another project) and kept seeing a famed object show up in the files of several games.
Seeing all these Easter eggs got me curious: when did HeR start putting them into their games? If we go way back in time, we'll notice that the physical Easter eggs first started showing up in 2002 with Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake. Little Easter eggs and nods to other HeR Interactive games, and the company itself, have been included as far back as The Vampire Diaries, but the physical eggs began in 2002. The interesting thing is that the egg design/pattern didn't change until 2007! Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull was the first Nancy Drew game to introduce a different style of Easter egg that players could collect.
As time went on, HeR evolved the designs they used for the eggs and they became more and more game-oriented rather than pretty-design oriented. In some cases, the eggs were used to solve puzzles and to find even more eggs!
In the later games, you would get an award for finding an Easter egg. They included an egg in Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem, but it wasn't the same. Spoilers! They literally put a normal chicken egg into a planter. Boring! They could've at least given it a special design!
Anyways, I'm sure you've heard enough about this wonderful piece of Nancy Drew game history. Have you found all the Easter eggs in each game? Which one(s) are your favorite?
Until next time!