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Easter Eggs: Part 2 – NOGO & Zombie Kidz

Are you ready for more easter eggs just in time for this weekend’s spring time holiday? I know I am!

Picking up where we left off, let’s take a look at the last few easter eggs to find in Night of the Grand Octopus:

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This part of the main board is full of goodies. First of all, at the bottom we see a Cthulhu-inspired Mona Lisa painting – beautiful, isn’t it? Then continuing clockwise, we see the Ark of the Covenant from Indiana Jones in the display case.  At the top of this little courtyard, you might notice a sword with an eye in the guard; this is a mix between the Soulblade of Soulcalibur and a demon weapon from the MMORPG Wakfu/Dofus (the illustrator couldn’t decide). In the case next to that is the infamous mask of The Mask fame. And last, but certainly not least, is Hellboy’s stone right hand. Poor guy, hope it didn’t hurt coming off!

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On this portion of the map, there is a very interesting blue print drawn on the blackboard. Looks like someone was trying to design the Death Star. Spoiler alert: the finished product seems to be surrounded by Tie-Fighters with the word KABOOM!

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If we take a look at the big picture now, we can find even more easter eggs!

  • At number 6 lives a carnivorous plant called Audrey III. This is, of course, a reference to Audrey II of the film Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey I was the love-interest of the florist played by Rick Moranis).
  • At number 3 are various easter egg-y phrases found on tombstones. “See Innsmouth and diem” referencing the fictional Lovecraftian city. “Nyarl for ever,” allusion to the Great One, Nyarlathotep. “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn,” which may just appear to be button mashing, but is a phrase often muttered by Cthulu-worshipping cultists, which translates to: In its home in R’lyeh, the late Cthulhu waits and dreams.
  • At number 1, we find a book on the shelf called Necronomicon for Dummies, on a skull is etched the sign of the Ancient Ones, and on the silver key (famous object of the Lovecraftian dreamlands) we can read “Home Sweet Home.”

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That’s all for NOGO – if I’ve missed something, leave a comment!

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Finally, these characters are easter eggs in themselves! Found on the Zombie Kidz promo cards, each kiddo is inspired by a figure of pop culture. Do you know them all?

For easter eggs in other games (not just IELLO), feel free to visit these two sites: here and here! The text is in French, but these fun images have no language barrier!

Make sure to check back on Sunday for a sneak preview of one of our upcoming games!

 


 

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Easter Eggs: Night of the Grand Octopus pt.1

Hi Everyone ! This is Danni from IELLO Customer Service!

I thought I’d introduce you all to some possibly unnoticed Easter Eggs in a few of our games. These were a surprise to even me, and I spend most of my day handling all the little pieces of the games!

The first game I’m featuring is Night of the Grand Octopus – a Lovecraftian-themed game where everyone is a cultist trying to successfully awaken the Grand Octopus.

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We’ll start off sweet and simple. On the (English & French) box cover of the game, some may have noticed the loving homage to the Grand Octopus’s Mum on its chest.

I know, not very difficult, but hey! We’re still warming up our Easter Egg-finding skills.

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The rest of this post will focus on the seventh Location boards and their fun hidden gems. The Location above is the Colony of the Moon Men, and among them you may recognize some familiar faces. In the center, there is a Teletubby waiting to be dissected, and, on the upper-left side, an Alien half-hidden behind a piller.

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In the Agoba Marsh, there are more than a few Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back references. The name already should give you a hint; in French this tile is called le Marais d’Agoba. The reference doesn’t translate 100% into English, but some may still make the oral connection to Yoda’s home planet of Daghoba! The hut’s name on the sign reads Yogurt, which, for those of you have seen Spaceballs, should remind you of the Yoda parody played by Mel Brooks. In the water, there is very clearly some sort of monster (might it be the snake-like monster who ate R2D2?). You can also see the periscope of R2D2 poking out of the water on the right side. Finally, on the grass by the hut, there is a stack of rocks floating under the effect of the Force while Luke is in training.

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In our last feature of the post, we explore the Lost City. You can very clearly see Nemo floating around the waters, and also the robot-camera from The Abyss. On the left side, Sebastian the crab from The Little Mermaid also makes an appearance.

That’s all for this post, but there are still more Easter Eggs to find on the main board of THE NIGHT OF THE GRAND OCTOPUS.

 

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