Easter Eggs in games, you have probably noticed them while playing. Pretty much every form of digital entertainment has some sort of Easter Egg hidden. Exactly that hiding is how this seemingly random phenomenon got its name! Often, it is a small wink or a reference, but it can also be a completely hidden level or a special quest.
But what exactly is an Easter Egg? These so-called eggs are not of the chicken, chocolate or caramel-sea-salt variation. They’re usually not even remotely egg-shaped! It could be anything really, but is most likely a hidden message in a video game, movie or on a web page. You discover this "by accident" as a user. However, the one who placed the Easter Egg meant for it to be found. The fact that these little things are well hidden - and you often have to consciously look for them - is what makes them Easter Eggs. We can’t really say for certain, exactly how this became a thing though...
It has been speculated that the 1979 Atari game Adventure was the first video game to feature an Easter Egg. It was hidden in an obscure corner of the code by Warren Robinett, Adventure's programmer. He placed the words “Created by Warren Robinett” in a secret room of the game. This is how he made it known that he did not agree with Atari's choice not to include him and his colleagues in the game's credits.
Since then, "hidden content" has been placed in games by its creators for about 30 years. In some cases this has even grown into full-blown competitions, challenging dedicated fans to start a search for all Easter Eggs, each of which will then either be confirmed or denied by the makers in some way. There are many gaming titles where you can assume that there are the necessary inside jokes and extras hidden.
So, to stay in the Easter theme, we also started a search for some of the coolest, craziest or weirdest Easter Eggs in games we could find. And (almost) no bunny's are involved!
Call of Duty is not averse to an Easter egg or two, they hide them to their heart's content, over and over again. One of our favorites is the ability to play an old-school Atari Activision Arcade. It’s hidden in the Black Ops 2 Nuketown 2025 map, and you also become invincible when you play it!
To unlock this Easter Egg you have to decapitate all mannequins in this level, with a headshot, within 2 minutes. You may, however, enlist the help of a friend if this proves too difficult.
Memes are also a popular factor in Call of Duty. In Black Ops: Cold War Zombies, for example, they placed the popular Coffin Dance in a hidden Disco Dimension. You’ll stumble upon a zombie squad, dancing with a coffin on their shoulders. The whole tutorial to get there can be found in the video below. We skipped to the actual Coffin Dance disco moment for convenience. Let's boogie!
The Halo series is also full of hidden content, winks and nods to memes and contemporary (pop)culture. Who doesn’t remember the wholesome, viral video of a man who spots a Double Rainbow and reacts rather… well, let’s say he’s pretty impressed. Many other games had already referenced this video, so Halo couldn’t stay behind. At a ravine halfway through the Reclaimer campaign, you'll spot a waterfall with, if you look closely, a "Double Rainbow".
Admittedly, this sighting is somewhat less existential than the original Double Rainbow video, but still: Wooaaah yeah!
In San Andreas, rumors of this myth peaked until Rockstar finally confirmed that Bigfoot cannot be found in San Andreas. However, Bigfoot is eventually introduced in GTA V. Proof of this can be found in the game in various ways, one more subtle than the other. For example, the logo of the Los Santos Police Department clearly has a bigfoot on it:
In a number of GTA V missions, all these hints finally reach their climax. In the Predator mission when playing as Michael, you can spot a Bigfoot with your thermal scope rifle. As soon as he’s spotted, the Bigfoot will run. In mission The Last One, Franklin meets a hunter who has been looking for the Sasquatch for 8 years (fun fact: San Andreas was released 8 years before GTA V) and you can join the search. However, after a wild chase it turns out you were unfortunately tricked by a man in a Bigfoot costume and not "the real deal". Bummer!
But then, after the stars and planets align (or when you have the game 100% complete - including the side missions - and have found all 27 Peyote Plants) a golden Peyote Plant will appear. Every day of the week at a different location, only between 5:30 and 8:00 in the morning and it must be snowing or foggy. That’s when you will live to see Bigfoot, better yet, become the myth itself.
In short, you will not find this Easter Egg just like that. It even takes quite some effort, but it is well worth it. Fortunately, others have already preceded you. So you could also just watch it in this video and call it a day:
In Saints Row: The Third, you’ll find the rabbit entangled in a fishing net on a fishing boat in Port Pryor. There are also several small Cabbits spread throughout the rest of the game.
Finally, Saints Row IV has gone completely overboard with Easter Eggs and Bunnies: there are 60 hidden Cabbit rabbits to discover. Happy hunting!
Of course, besides Bigfoot, there are countless other Easter Eggs to be found in the humongous world of Red Dead Redemption 2.
And if Bigfoot is not your favorite mythical animal, perhaps you prefer Man-Bear-Pig. Yes, the one from South Park. This rather creepy Human / Bear / Pig hybrid can be discovered in Red Dead 2, somewhere in a remote cabin in a weird, old-timey improvised laboratory. This is also another example of an Easter Egg that hints at a completely different genre within popular culture in a playful and creative way.
Here’s how to find this super creepy 'Manmade Mutant' inspired by a South Park episode:
Not quite what we are used to from the usually cheerful Nintendo, hence this striking and rather ominous Easter Egg (or is it a Glitch?) is even called an "Urban Legend" in some corners of the internet. In the Nintendo 3DS remake of Luigi’s Mansion, this (perhaps unintentional) Easter Egg has been removed, so perhaps it was not entirely intended?
Because only on every Saturday night at 3:33 AM you’ll need to be online in the game and turn on your TV at exactly that time. Then, you’ll witness an Alien Broadcast wanting to contact you through the TV in an unintelligible language. Consider this your to-do tip for this Easter weekend!
Nice, but not surprising in a Disney game, you might think. But did you know that you can position Aladdin exactly so that it looks like he is wearing the Mickey Mouse ears? Not only is that a great screenshot moment, it also gives you an extra life! This Easter Egg is a great reason to play that good old game again, right? Or just get your ultimate nostalgia injection of the day with the video below and save yourself the dust bunnies:
Of course, there are many more Easter Eggs to be found in just about every game. Such an Easter Egg often adds an extra dimension - and a smile - to your gaming experience.
With a long Easter weekend ahead, this is the perfect time to go on an Easter Egg Hunt yourself, in your garden and in your favorite games. And of course also on our website!