Virginia Beach game developer creates virtual Easter egg hunt on Minecraft

Posted at 7:00 AM, Apr 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-04 19:29:56-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - For those looking for a pandemic-friendly Easter egg hunt for fun, a local game developer has created one that is free and open to the public.

Ian Westlake, a college freshman and member of Coastal Community Church, developed the egg hunt on the popular online game Minecraft. The egg hunt is on a server hosted by the church.

The game went live on Friday and took roughly three weeks to produce.

"It took some work, but when we started working and it came together, it was good," Westlake said.

Westlake is majoring in computer engineering and said he creates online games for fun. For the Minecraft egg hunt, two other people helped him create it.

The game takes you through a Minecraft rendition of Coastal Community Church, where players will find clues to find eggs scattered across the virtual map. There is a total of nine eggs, as well as biblical scriptures players will encounter.

Westlake said 10 people joined the game on its Friday launch and hopes more will join.

"People seem to be enjoying it," Westlake said. "We've got posts online tagging the church and getting excited about it."

Anyone can join the game with a Minecraft account and can click on this link through Coastal Community Church. Those interested will be taken to the page where instructions are provided on how to log into the server and start playing.