Mysteries have always held great appeal to players, allowing them to uncover plot elements that would remain hidden without investigation. Also, there’s a thrilling aspect at being the first person in the world to discover an answer.
Often it relates to unresolved plot points, leaving players to establish their own conclusions and fan theories. Sometimes they come as easter eggs instead, seeing developers hiding jokes, references, cameos or hints to players that otherwise look out of place.
One aspect unique to gaming mysteries however, is that developers often change their original plans during production, leaving out certain aspects or blocking them off so they’re no longer accessible.
This can come down to a number of reasons, such as lack of development time, a change in vision or finding that segment just no longer works. It’s a common occurrence which sometimes leaves traces players were never meant to find, leaving players to ponder what was once included.
Fan speculation is nothing new across creative media but gaming’s interactive nature leads to players attempting all manner of tricks to find hidden secrets.
There’s no shortage of mysteries as a result and here are some of the biggest ones still being questioned to this day.
10. Banjo-Kazooie - Locked Treasure Chest
Rare’s classic adventure game Banjo-Kazooie was notorious for its hidden mysteries. Featuring a set of 6 brightly coloured “mystery eggs” and a large, usually inaccessible ice key as part of a process called “Stop 'n' Swop”, it became the subject of intense discussion within the fan community.
Rare have since revealed what Stop 'n' Swop entailed but the mysteries didn’t end here. One of Banjo Kazooie’s other noted oddities is within the “Mad Monster Mansion” level and focuses on a locked treasure chest.
Located atop the mansion, it’s accessible by breaking the window and climbing into the bedroom but despite many player efforts, no means of opening it was ever discovered. Datamining may have indicated nothing hidden within, but the chest’s shape and size indicates this wasn’t always the case.
This isn’t helped by the entrance to Treasure Trove Cove containing a similar chest outside it, one which can be accessed. So like with many elements of Banjo-Kazooie, this is destined to forever remain a mystery.