The Sinking City
9 Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed in The Sinking City
Contrary to developers’ claims, The Sinking City turned out to be a rather short mystical detective story. Storyline quests can be counted on the fingers of both hands, the same is true for side quests, while many actions are repeated time after time. The same applies to Easter eggs and secrets hidden in the game: there are few of them, and the half of them are controversial and not so obvious. However, you’ll often smile when studying them.
In the upper left corner of the map or in the north-west of Reed Heights, you may find Oakmont cemetery and a crematorium. You’ll have to visit this place at least two times as you move along the storyline. Take a few minutes and run across the cemetery, reading the inscriptions on the tombstones. You’ll find the names of the developers and media representatives and ironic epitaphs. In gloomy Oakmont, reading the inscriptions on the tombstones turned out to be rather funny.
The Big Lebowski
Don’t go far from the cemetery – instead, visit the crematorium. On the first floor, you’ll find an urn with ashes and an inscription ‘’Come on, Dude. F**k it, man. Let’s go bowling.’’ A similar phrase was used in the film The Big Lebowski: ‘’F**k it, Dude, let’s go bowling.’’
The Witcher 3
Frogwares did not miss the chance to mention the work of the famous Polish studio. When working on the side quest from Robert Throgmorton, Through the Looking Glass (you should first complete the quest A Delicate Matter), you will have to visit a glass factory. Its owner is a certain necromancer whose teachings were studied by the ex-wife of Robert’s father. In the office on the second floor of the factory, you’ll find a table with a photo of a bold man who is holding a skull in his hands. In the add-on The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone, the antagonist was Gaunter O’Dimm – a sorcerer who is also called Master Mirror. He took the skulls of the people who have signed a contract with him. In addition, the quest Through the Looking Glass is directly connected with the parallel world.
But that’s not all. In the quest, you’ll get the book Mirrorways. The mirror master’s name is Gaunter Randall.
A Tribute to Lovecraft
Head to Oakmont’s city hall, walk behind it and find a statue of a man who holds a book with tentacles. Read the inscription – it’s a quote from Howard Lovecraft himself:
‘’The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.’’
References to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson
Before working on The Sinking City, Frogwares released several games about the famous detective. Hence, references to Conan Doyle’s book character are omnipresent in the game.
First, you can find the infamous Baker Street in Reed Heights. Second, when traveling in the same district, you may find several posters dedicated to a new bestseller about Sherlock Holmes. At the bottom of the poster, you’ll find an inscription Mystery of the Creepy Watson. It’s connected with the game Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis, in which the doctor should have followed Sherlock but got stuck due to bugs and teleported from place to place.
Another reference to Sherlock is the Master Sleuth outfit, which you unlock after completing the side case Assigned Reading.
Reference to Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
The first side quest that you automatically get in The Sinking City is called Letters from Oakmont. In this quest, you’ll have to visit several places and find letters from different people. One of them is written by a small girl Rachel whose mom got sick and was locked in the closet. Having read the content of the letter, you’ll draw many parallels with the storyline of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, another horror game based on the works of Lovecraft.
This is not an obvious Easter egg, and it will be noticed only by those who search for it. At the entrance to the main building of the Oakmont university, you’ll find a guy with mustache and glasses. His model reminds of Ned Flanders – the neighbor of the famous Simpsons family.
In the storyline quest Quid Pro Quo, you’ll have to visit the archives of the police station. The cop that produced the report that you need is Lieutenant Phelps, just like the main character of L.A. Noire.
Traditional Ukranian clothing
After completing a side case called Open House, the player is rewared with the Vyshyvanka outfit. It may seem odd in the context of the game, but in fact this is a traditional Ukranian shirt. Perhaps the developers decided to remind players of their origin.
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