Spoiler Alert! This post talks about the game, Dust: an Elysian Tail, and the Easter eggs about the game. If you are currently playing through the game or plan on every playing through it without a game guide please skip this post
As the warning would suggest, today I want to bring to light an experience I felt while playing through one of the games on my backlog for the month of August. As I was playing through the main story of Dust when I was exploring the snow level -and there is always a snow level in these fantasy/adventure games- when I discovered a door that was artistically different from literally everything else I saw in the game leading up to this point.
What was stranger was once I entered I was teleported to a weird pixelated puzzle dungeon where I had to navigate from one side to another with the entire screen out-of-order.
After proving myself with three different puzzles, I was greeted with a treasure box that needed four keys to open (compared to the normal treasure boxes that only requires one key), after a simple QTE button sequence the protagonist of Fez popped out with an achievement and a notice that I received a 5% bonus to my health
While it is nice to see game developers pay tribute to other game developers what really makes this story noticeable was that I was completely surprised by this Easter egg. As I was exploring I was expecting a rare in-game item or a special piece of armor, not a 4th wall breaking treat and that was truly surprising. Being genuinely surprised is a rare experience to have when you are playing a videogame during the age of the internet.
The Internet have done great things for the advancement of humanity in almost every aspect imaginable but it has kind of ruined any and all the surprises in videogames. We are in a time where videogame websites, wikis, and guides provides step by step instructions on to get through the game’s story, side quests and gather all the collectibles that are available for public consumption within days of a game being release. With all that instant information it makes stumbling upon a secret that you did not know about before hand a very rare treat. This one Easter egg was the first time in, I am willing to bet in years, where I was caught off guard by game’s secret that was truly a secret to me and not just a secret to everybody.
P.S: I am aware of the irony of dedicating a whole post about truly hidden secrets while spoiling the one in Dust but there was no other way of writing this post without talking about it. You know how the saying goes, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few Easter eggs. And I did ruined any other surprises the game had in store for me once I went online to see what and where the other friends are.
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