I love easter eggs in games. A hidden message, image, or joke from the developer that can only be found by undertaking a particular set of actions.
Their origins can be traced back to the late 1970s. It's said that because Atari didn't give video game programmers credit in their games, many developers took to hiding their initials somewhere in the game instead.
What's interesting is now we're seeing more and more Easter Eggs in other forms of media too and they're becoming a great way to engage and surprise users.
One of my all time favourites can be found on the Vogue UK website. It's been there for many years but unless you know the famous Konami Code you'd never know it's there.
Enter the Konami Code and BAM! A velociraptor appears from nowhere.
To see it yourself, simply head to Vogue UK and enter the following to see a sneaky raptor appear: "↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → b a".
What about this year?
Well when Easter lands on April Fool's day like it did this year we know we're in for a treat.
Let's have a look at some of my favourite Easter Egg's/April Fool's from this year that are game and/or gamification related.
First up, Google!
Google always really embraces the April Fool's spirit. Sometimes in ways which can eerily predict the future (*cough* Pokémon Go *cough*).
This year was no different. We saw an extensive Where's Waldo (we call him Wally here in Australia) game added to Google Maps.