Christians revere Easter as the day Jesus rose from the grave, and the holiday’s proximity to spring’s beginning also grants it a whole lot of pagan symbolism—specifically, the Easter tradition of hunting for eggs. Eggs shelter new life and hope, and make a glorious mess when you whip them against a brick wall.
We don’t encourage wasting food or killing baby birds/reptiles, though, so consider playing these 10 egg-centric games to get you in the mood for your Easter chocolate and ham. Besides — what better way to spend a long weekend than passing the time with a little gaming?
Easter Eggstravaganza (PC, Mac) – Some eggs come from farms. Did you know that? In this hidden object game, you join Mike and Sally on a trip to their aunt’s farm, home of the annual Mega Easter Egg Hunt. Look for fresh eggs, paint them, find toys, and point the finger at the elusive Easter Bunny.
Time Geeks: Cloneggs (iPhone, iPad) – Yeah, okay, eggs are all about new life, etc, etc, but they can also be at the core of cloning science gone awry. Time Geeks: Cloneggs is a memory-style matching game that requires more finesse and brainpower than you’d first believe. Match up cat people, humans, aliens, robots—yes, robots come from eggs. Go ahead and ask your mom.
Egg Breaker (Facebook) – You have suggestions for games that let you celebrate the birth of life. Now let’s celebrate its destruction with Egg Breaker, a Facebook game that lets you break open eggs with a hammer to collect prizes. Your gold, score, and prizes accumulate as you play, so get cracking.
Do Do EGG! (iPhone, iPad) – Do Do EGG! has a great name, as well as addictive Match-3 puzzle gameplay. Match up eggs, exercise your brain, and gape at some seriously round birds.
P”egg”le (PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad) – Ha ha, oh goodness, we know we’re stretching it here. We’re entitled to a little holiday wordplay though, right? Besides, there’s never a bad time to enjoy PopCap’s Peggle. It’s as addictive and as easy to play as Pachinko, but there is a unicorn standing by. How can you possibly lose?
Egg vs. Chicken (iPhone, iPad, PC) – It’s so sad to see parents turn on their children, but that’s the basic concept behind Egg vs. Chicken, a hybrid Match-3/tower defense game. The object is to protect your eggs from a band of destructive chickens who aren’t afraid to fling themselves bodily into your defenses.
Angry Birds/Angry Birds Seasons (iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, Mac, Facebook, Google+) – Speaking of birds who are constantly flinging themselves at solid objects, the popularity of the Angry Birds physics/puzzle franchise is still at a rolling boil. While eggs don’t necessarily come into play, you’re on a mission to save the birds’ shelled offspring from a pack of pigs that’d just as soon scarf ’em down with a bit of salt. Save the eggs. It’s a noble endeavor.
Eggs in Space (iPhone) – If you’d like a small Muppets reference with your Easter dinner, you can read the game’s title like this: Eggs! In! Spaaaaace! Either way, this arcade-style shooting game is kind of goofy, but provides a mouthful of cheesy fun. Eggs and cheese…hmm. Anyone else up for omelettes?
Chicken Invaders 4: Ultimate Omelette Easter Edition (PC) – As it so happens, chickens aren’t all that big on being killed and having their bits packed into red and white buckets. Who knew? Now the chickens are out for revenge in this arcade-style shooter. If you ever want to see another TenderCrisp sandwich again, you’d better get out there and show those space chickens who’s boss.
Bunny the Zombie Slayer (iPhone, iPad) – In a dark world crawling with the undead, our last hope for defense is…the Easter Bunny. In Bunny the Zombie Slayer, you (as Mr. Bunny) must fling eggs at advancing zombies and wait forlornly for back-up from Santa Claus. Alas, he never arrives…