The Colonel's Bequest - New Easter Egg

Feeling like this game could be murder... literally? Well, come on in here for some extra detective work (and clues/hints/etc!) for the Laura Bow games (The Colonel's Bequest and The Dagger of Amon Ra).
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The Colonel's Bequest - New Easter Egg

Post by OmerMor » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:51 pm

Check out my video:
I explained it all in the video's description, but I'll paste it here as well:
The Colonel's Bequest features a very elusive easter egg of a flying statue.
Using SCI Companion (http://sciprogramming.com/community/ind ... pic=1420.0), I was able to decompile the game's scripts and figure out what triggers it.
It turned out, the egg will trigger randomly when entering the room outside the back of the mansion, with a chance of 1:200.
So this very low chance explains the very few reports of this egg.

I changed the script to increase the triggering probability, and was finally able to trigger the egg.

But wait - there's more! =)

The script refers to an airplane, and not a statue. Looking at the object's view (104) I noticed it contains 3 loops. The first is a statue, the second shows the benches, and the third is a never-before-seen airplane.
The script sets the airplane's loop to 3, but since we use zero-based counting, the airplane's loop should've been 2.
Fixing the script once again, I was able to trigger the egg as it was meant to be seen.

For the curious, here are the relevant snippets from the decompiled script: http://pastebin.com/DbqCf3p6

The patched script can be downloaded from here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5j-_Z ... sp=sharing
The archive contains 2 flavors: the original flying statue, and the fixed airplane.
To use it, simply rename the one you want to SCRIPT.004, put it in the game's folder, and run the game.

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Re: The Colonel's Bequest - New Easter Egg

Post by Collector » Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:36 pm

*moved to the Laura Bow forum*

Interesting. I wonder if the airplane is the Red Baron. There is only a year's difference in release dates. What version is this from?
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Re: The Colonel's Bequest - New Easter Egg

Post by OmerMor » Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:01 am

The game mentions 1.000.046.

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Re: The Colonel's Bequest - New Easter Egg

Post by Collector » Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:32 am

I have a 3.5" copy and a 5.25", both are 1.000.046. Not sure what is included in the 2nd KQC or the RWA. Nice to know the author of the easter egg. Are you going to look for Gertie's chainsaw murder egg?
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Re: The Colonel's Bequest - New Easter Egg

Post by OmerMor » Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:42 am

I did. Saw nothing like it. Probably axed before release...

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Re: The Colonel's Bequest - New Easter Egg

Post by Collector » Fri Jan 01, 2016 2:16 am

I wonder if there was an earlier public release of the game than 1.000.046. That is the only version in HWM's list.
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Re: The Colonel's Bequest - New Easter Egg

Post by BBP » Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:44 am

Very cool find! :)
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