If “Easter egg” makes you think of hunting down hidden jokes, details and stories in video games, and not, you know, the holiday Easter, then this list is for you. A lot of the time, finding the Easter eggs in a game can be as fun and challenging as actually playing the game itself. From the very first Easter egg, hidden in a 1979 maze game (and, coincidentally, the first on this alphabetical list), to all of those UFOs and ghosts and stuff in the latest Grand Theft Auto release, here are 50 of the greatest Easter eggs of all gaming time. Click on the titles for videos and more information on how to find the Easter eggs. Also, beware: Spoilers abound. Happy hunting, comrades!
Released on Christmas in 1979, Atari’s Adventure is considered the first action-adventure game. It also introduced the Easter egg to the gaming world. Move a dot down a corridor and your character–really just a colored square–will be able to enter a room, in which you see the words, “Created by Warren Robinett.” Back then, video-game developers weren’t given credit, so Robinett inserted his byline into the game. The Easter egg ate up five percent of the cartridge’s storage space, but instead of doling out the tens of thousands of dollars necessary to produce an Easter Egg-free version, Atari just left it in. Thus, the Easter Egg was born.
If you decide to take a break from helping George Washington defeat the Redcoats and hang out at the homestead, find a turkey. Go up to it, feed it and punch in the famous Konami Code ( that’s “up up down down left right left right B A,” of course). The turkey will don a cloak and hood just like your Assassin! Because why not, right?
This is a cool thing: Every named character you kill throughout the Assassin’s Creed series was a real, historical person, and the location and year of their death in the series is the same as the location/year of their death in real life. However, none of them were really killed by a hooded, free-running assassin, as far as we know.
For six months after Arkham Asylum was released, nobody knew about its big Easter egg, so the developers had to show it themselves. Go into the warden’s office inside Arkham Mansion and blow up the left wall by the fireplace. A secret room! And inside the secret room? Blueprints for a city-sized expansion of Arkham Asylum, a teaser for the game’s sequel, Arkham City.
After you defeat Ra’s Al Ghul and you’re escaping from the sewers of Arkham, make a quick pit stop and chat with Killer Croc. He’s super friendly in an “I-want-to-kill-you” sort of way.
In the first BioShock, you find yourself in the underwater
paradise dystopia of Rapture after your plane crashes into the ocean. In BioShock 2, you find the ruins of that plane, scattered on an undersea mountain. Continuity!
“Double rainbowwww!” Head to the edge of the Hyperion base and jump off it; you land by this tented encampment area. Look to the horizon and you see a double rainbow. That’s when either Handsome Jack or Claptrap recite that “Double Rainbow” monologue that went viral a few years ago.
So you’re playing the Nuketown 2025 map and you’re all, I should shoot all the heads off these mannequins within 90 seconds, right? Good idea! Head to that big TV screen in the middle of the map and play some old-school Atari 2600 Activision games.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
This Easter egg is different because it’s not a part of the gameplay or anything software-based. It’s all hidden in the hardware. Take the disc of this game and put it in your CD player (assuming you still have a disc version of Castlevania and a CD player lying around). Skip to track 2 and you hear a version of the main theme.
Need a break from the action in this futuristic first-person shooter? In the Dead Man Walking level, take the elevator and go down a hallway. Hop the red rope by a surveillance camera and flip a nearby switch. Head back to the elevator from whence you came and jump over another red rope. There’ll be a second elevator and the switch by it will be glowing. Flip that switch and the elevator’s doors will open. Inside will be a disco party, minus the afros and white leisure suits.