As kids, many of us took part in Easter Egg hunts. Now, instead of hunting oblong shaped chocolate in the back garden or local park, we search for hidden references or jokes in our favourite games.
So, in honour of this time of year, here are just five of the countless Easter Eggs scattered throughout games.
What’s up, Doc?
What is Easter without an Easter Bunny?
If the blood stained face hasn’t given it way, this rotten rabbit is a recurring element in the Silent Hill series since Silent Hill 3.
You can encounter him in several different ways in the series and even in other games, but the most famous Robbie moment is in Silent Hill 4. During the game, you can peep into Eileen’s room where you can see Robbie with his head down on the bed. If you visit the keyhole again and look through Robbie will be staring at you, pointing a paw at you and staring into your soul.
Dropping the F bomb
I guess when the world has been destroyed by nuclear war and humanity must fight for survival against Deathclaws and other radioactive nightmares, manners aren’t a priority.
In Fallout 3, SatCom Array NN-03d is home to this gem of an Easter Egg.
If you head north-west in this area of the Capital Wasteland you will find a door on the side of a rock. If you open it, you get this charming message.
Not much else to say really, I just found this very funny when I found it during my first playthrough. Ah, good times.
Leap of fail
Game developers sometimes reference games they have previously worked on in their newer work, but where is the fun in that?
Many Easter Eggs take the opportunity to insult other games, with hilarious results. My personal favourite from this bunch has to be in The Witcher 2. If you take a stroll by the Bastille gate you might stumble on a familiar looking corpse on top of a bale of hay.
Maybe jumping off high buildings isn’t a good idea, even if you are an assassin. Just don’t do it, okay?
Star Wars Theater 3000
And finally, to round up this list, let’s look at Rebel Assault 2.
Personally, I like cutscenes. They can help forward the story, spout some exposition or just give you something fun to watch for a few minutes.
However, sometimes cutscenes can halt the momentum of the game or worse, are just plain dull.
Rebel Assault 2 had a solution. Replace the original footage with a parody of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
Simply by entering a few codes the cutscenes would be muted but captioned with the classic Mystery Science Theatre 3000 humour.
I know this was a short list, so chances are I missed your favourite Easter Eggs. If that is the case, then let me know in the comments below!