The love for of video games new and old is at an all-time high. Chances are you definitely know someone who lists gaming as one of their favorite pastimes. And, because game developers appreciate the sheer amount of time gamers devote to their favorite titles, devs are rewarding players with secrets pieces of awesome hidden throughout games, called Easter Eggs. Easter Eggs are intentionally hard-to-find, forcing the gamer to dig deep. But, just in case you’ve hit a wall and you’re tired of digging, here’s a list of our favorite Easter Eggs to keep an eye out for.
(P.S. Consider this one big, giant, enormous SPOILER ALERT for the following games. You’ve been warned.)
1. Adventure – Atari 2600
Credit where credit is due. Thanks to one jilted developer on the 1979 Atari game, Adventure, you can come face-to-face with the Easter Egg that started it all. The words “Created by Warren Robinett” are hidden deep inside a side room in Adventure, but finding this reward isn’t as easy as picking up loot. The Easter Egg was buried so deeply that it initially took players about a year to unearth this great-grandfather of Easter Eggs.
2. Assassin’s Creed III
To unearth this Easter Egg, head to a back corner of the Davenport homestead in Assassin’s Creed III and whistle, then wait for a turkey to wander up. By entering the Konami Code (for anyone new to gaming, the notorious Konami Code is: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start (minus the start in this instance)), the turkey will suddenly sport an assassin’s hood. This Easter Egg is appropriately, and hilariously, called the Turkey Assassin.
3. Call of Duty: Black Ops
Use the left and right trigger buttons to stand their character up in the menu screen of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Once successfully standing, head to the nearest computer terminal and type Zork. The command will open up, you guessed it, the adventure game Zork. But this text-based classic isn’t the only Easter Egg CoD game devs hid in their titles.
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Visiting the Nuketown 2025 map in Call of Duty: Black Ops II offers up another chance to uncover a hidden reward. With two minutes on the clock, your mission is to shoot all the heads off of the mannequins in the map. If you succeed, you can play Pitfall and several other classic Atari games on a giant television screen in the map.
5. Halo 4
When you get to the sixth mission in Halo 4, you’ll come across two guards standing by a forklift. Uncovering this Easter Egg takes some time so be patient, but after a female voice comes on the loudspeaker the two guards will begin talking. These quiet guards have a secret – they’re actually voiced by Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter. Listen and laugh while they discuss belonging to a union, how to decorate with area rugs, and an impending alien war.
6. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Just after the release of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, game devs Naughty Dog announced a little title called The Last of Us. If you watch carefully while playing Uncharted 3, you’ll see a newspaper headline mentioning The Last of Us’ dreaded fungus. Notoriously secret about the development of The Last of Us, it was a lucky move that this Easter Egg was hidden so well within Uncharted 3, or Naughty Dog would have been responsible for letting that cat out of the bag.
7. Grand Theft Auto V
What good is a cliff in the middle of nowhere if Thelma & Louise aren’t flying off it? Or so thought the developers of Grand Theft Auto V. Using a helicopter, visit the cliff near Trevor’s helipad between 7 and 8 pm on any day in the game and you can watch the this classic film scene play out again before your eyes. These devs also tucked in Easter Eggs referencing everything from aliens to zombies, so keep your eyes peeled when exploring Los Santos.
Even if it’s not a holiday weekend for you, take some time to indulge in your very own virtual Easter Egg hunt.