There’s nothing quite like finding the secret treasures that developers have hidden away in some of our favorite games. For many video game enthusiasts like myself, spending countless hours searching for these Easter Eggs is as much fun as playing through the actual games. Easter is upon us once again, so the time has come for us to reflect on some of our absolute favorite Easter Eggs of all time.

Here are our Top 10 Video Game Easter Eggs!

10.) “There are no Easter Eggs up here. Go away.”

GTA: San Andreas (2004 – PS2, Xbox, PC)

There’s nothing quite like an Easter Egg that denies its own existence. Every time I see this little gem I can’t help to be reminded of a the French castle scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

“Ah don’ wanna talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food-trough wiper! Ah fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!”

“Is there someone else up there we can talk to?”

“No!! Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!”

 

GTA EE

9.) Deadly Easter Egg Fungus

Uncharted 3 (2011 – PlayStation 3)

This well hidden clue meant nothing to us when we played through Uncharted 3, but when The Last of Us was revealed and someone remembered this little inconspicuous treat, all our collective minds were blown.

Uncharted 3

8.) NBA Easter Jam

NBA Jam (1993 – SNES, Sega Genesis, Arcade)

Since the beginning, NBA Jam has always had some of the best secrets, but playing as the saxophone-toting President himself was one of the absolute coolest tricks. And let me tell you… That boy’s got game.

NBA Jam

7.) “Won’t somebody please think of the children?!”

The Apprentice (1994 – Philips CD-i)

Wild Woody (1995 – Sega CD)

What can I say about this? Putting nudity in children’s games is just despicable. Terrible! Horrible! Ok… I did giggle a little bit. I wonder if these developers were forced to work on these children’s projects, and these dirty little Easter Eggs were just a product of their frustration.

The Apprentice And Woody

 

6.) Creepin’ Me Out

Borderlands 2 (2012 – PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

Crossover Easter Eggs are just incredible. This secret little area in Borderlands 2 where players can find Creepers from Minecraft is just the best because who hasn’t wanted to take an assault rifle to these little pests? Bring out the heavy artillery!

Borderlands Creeper

5.) This is… The End

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004 – PlayStation 2)

Hideo Kojima is truly the master of Easter Eggs. I could have filled this list with nothing but Metal Gear Solid secrets, but I had to be fair. This particular secret is absolutely hilarious, because like the Psycho Mantis fight in MGS1, the player had to actually do something with their actual console to find it. By saving your game at The End battle, moving the date and time forward in the PS2 settings, and reentering the game, a cutscene would play where Naked Snake discovers that The End has died of old age. I could not stop laughing.

Metal-Gear-Solid-3-The-End

4.) Utter Bliss

Diablo II (2000 – PC, Mac)

After players were disappointed by the false rumors that there was a secret cow world in Diablo, the developers at Blizzard decided to take care of their saddened fans in the sequel. In Diablo II, the ultimate Lactose Utopia was finally discovered and fan-boys around the world laughed and wept for joy…. and were immediately slaughtered by the horde of bloodthirsty bovine.

Cow Diablo II

3.) His name is Chris Houlihan… His name is Chris Houlihan…

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991 – SNES)

Let me make this perfectly clear. I am not jealous of Chris Houlihan at all. AT ALL! Just because some stupid fan got his stupid name in a stupid Zelda game for winning a stupid contest is no reason for anyone to be jealous. I didn’t even want my name in A Link to the Past! That game was terrible anyway! Ok, so I might still be suffering from a few psychological issues due to my overwhelming jealousy. The doctor said it’s a process that may take me a long time to recover from. It’s only been 14 years! I NEED TIME, OK?!

Zelda Houlihan

2.) “You like Castlevania, don’t you?”

Metal Gear Solid (1998 – PlayStation)

Mr. Kojima, you sir, are a mastermind of gaming goodness. I was genuinely freaked out when Psycho Mantis asked me if I liked Castlevania. I was like, “Uh… yes. I do… sir.” This gag was amplified by the fact that I hadn’t just played a Castlevania game. I’ve played all of them. I am a Castlevania connoisseur. So when Mantis asked me about one of my absolute favorite franchises, I was a little freaked out. That boss battle only got crazier from there. Truly a stroke of genius, Mr. Kojima.

psychoMantisMGS1

1.) The Father of Easter Eggs is No Bunny

Adventure (1979 – Atari 2600)

In the beginning, games were empty and void of Easter Eggs… and then there was Warren Robinett. Frustrated by the fact that developers were not given any credit for their creations, Warren decided to add a secret little room where he could display his name for all the world to see. However, the chances that anyone would ever actually figure out how to access this hidden room were almost nonexistent. Almost. When this room was discovered, it started a wildfire that swept the gaming world. Because of the publicity that this newly dubbed “Easter Egg” got, Atari decided to put these secrets in all their future games. Excellent work, Mr. Robinett.

1st Easter Egg

About The Author

Derrick D
Editorial/Reviews Writer

Derrick has been an avid gamer since before he even started kindergarten. He is a video games enthusiast first and foremost and has a unconditional love for the gaming industry. His fun-loving personality, wide array of experiences, as well as his background in gaming and the film industry have helped him to develop a unique perspective that is always thoughtful and invariably entertaining.