The 10 Best Video Game Easter Eggs, According To Ranker

Great open-world games like Ring of Elden and Horizon: West forbidden have plenty of open space for adventures, side quests, and plot-related treats that expand the game’s world and lore for a truly immersive experience. Some games, however, not only hide quests and treasures across the land, but also Easter eggs for players to find.

Ring Elden, hides for example a reference to the famous manga Berserk in his world. These secrets aren’t exclusive to open-world games, though. Developers have been hiding Easter eggs in their worlds for years. Players on private soldier gathered to count down their favorites.

Note: Ranking lists are live and continue to accumulate votes, so some rankings may have changed after this posting.

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ten Secret Characters – NBA Jam


Bill Clinton stats in the NBA Jam game.

Midway was no stranger to putting Easter eggs in their games. NBA jam was perhaps most famous for it. In addition to its large list of true NBA legends, it was traditional to include bizarre secret characters. This tradition was continued in its most recent entry in 2010, which featured President Barack Obama as a secret figure.

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Barack was not the first president to appear in NBA jam, however, console ports of the original featured Bill Clinton as an unlockable character. The First Lady and the VP joined him. Other secret characters included programmers and executives, but these proved less popular.


9 Jason Voorhees – Dead Island


Jason runs towards the player in the game Dead Island.

Jason Voorhees is an icon of the scariest slasher movies, so it’s easy to imagine him surviving the zombie apocalypse. The players of dead island can find a human survivor with their name wearing a hockey mask. Of course Jason is not a friendly survivor. He will immediately attack any approaching players with his machete.

This Friday 13 cameo is not licensed, but it still has many small references to the movies. Of course, Jason is not far from a campground, and the hut Jason meets in features a small shrine, like the one in the movies. It can be difficult to appreciate these details, as Jason is one of the toughest enemies in the game.


8 Jar Jar Binks – Star Wars: The Force Unleashed


Jar Jar Binks appears in many star wars memes for all the wrong reasons. The Episode 1 The character was hated throughout the 2000s and still faces criticism today. Fans and Lucasfilm staff couldn’t resist seeing the character in misery, so the developers of the difficult Star Wars: The Force Unleashed place Jar Jar in the Kashyyyk level in a hilarious and oh so satisfying easter egg.

It was so good that it wouldn’t be the last time Jar Jar froze. His carbonite mold was in disney infinity as well. Eventually, an exclusive action figure of Jar Jar Frozen in Carbonite was also released.


seven Reptile – Mortal Kombat


Rain fights Reptile in Mortal Kombat in 1992

Fighting games are notorious for having secrets in the 90s. Special moves were often not taught to players, and secret characters had notoriously difficult unlock conditions. This trend started with Mortal Kombat 1‘s Reptile, a green recoloration of Scorpion, where Reptile combat was only accessible by truly evil means.

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Reptile appears in arcade mode with cryptic clues like “blocking will get you nowhere”. Players must achieve a clear double win on the pit stage without blocking. The fight must end in a fatality while a shadow is over the moon, then players can fight Reptile. Future games would make Reptile a standard character, and the complex unlock method never returned.


6 Indiana Jones – LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga


LEGO Indiana Jones Skywalker Saga Update TV Content Young Indy Graphics Gameplay Changes

Lucasfilm’s works are so intertwined that even their spinoffs reference each other. Lego Star Wars has always featured many LEGO versions of obscure star wars characters, but The complete saga introduced a crossover element to the games. In it, Indiana Jones could be unlocked as a playable character. Although he came from a less advanced background, he was one of the best characters in the game.

Hilariously, Indy can only be accessed after watching the trailer for its next game in an options menu. After that, it will be available for purchase in the store. His pistol fires bullets and he also has a unique whip weapon. The last game LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Sagaalso contains tons of Indy references.


5 Liberty City Heart – Grand Theft Auto IV


Liberty City is the beating heart of Grand Theft Auto IV. The city’s vibrant culture and abundance of side content make it an endearing part of a fantastic game. Liberty City itself also has a beating heart, literally. It is found in the Statue of Happiness, a pastiche of the Statue of Liberty.

The heart can be found through a door labeled “no content hidden this way”. If players walk through this non-solid door, they will find a beating heart held in chains. It’s completely inexplicable, other than being a pun on “the heart of the city”. In the DLC, players can wake up near the heart after getting drunk, which raises further questions.


4 Chris Houlihan – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past


Zelda A Link to the Past Bedroom Chris Houlihan

Usually Easter Eggs are a fun reward for exploring in a unique way in a video game. In the case of Chris Houlihan, it was literally a reward. In A link to the past, Link can find a sign that says “My name is Chris Houlihan. It’s my secret room. Keep it between us, okay? by depositing it in a room full of money.

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Not only is this Easter egg a reward for people who find the secret room, but it may also have been a reward for a fan. nintendo Power held a contest in 1990 for a fan to put their name in an NES game. There is some discrepancy, however. A link to the past is on SNES and the winner of the contest has never been revealed, meaning there’s no way to know for sure if Chris Houlihan won.




3 Psycho Mantis – Metal Gear Solid


Psycho Mantis, a powerful telepath from Metal Gear Solid

Hideo Kojma games are somewhat famous for their hidden secrets and details. One of the original fan-favorite Easter eggs is found in the original Solid metal gear. The psychic mercenary Psycho Mantis is a powerful psychic enemy. He uses his psychic abilities to read the player’s memory card.

Psycho Mantis will reference other games that have been played on the console. This includes six different Konami games. The GameCube remake includes four first-party Nintendo games, as development was handled by then-second-party Nintendo’s Silicon Knights. It’s a somewhat unsettling feeling to hear a game character know about your catalog.


2 Atari Games – Call of Duty: Black Ops II


Atari Games is played in the Nuketown level of Call of Duty Black Ops II.

Sometimes Easter eggs are so cool they start a recurring trend, like with Atari games in Call of Duty. In black ops 2In the Nuketown scene, players who have shot down all the dummies as quickly as possible will find a secret. The TV will display the Activision logo and the player can play classic Atari games. These games are Trap II, HERO, Kaboom!and River Raid.

This is a pretty fun Easter egg that makes a lot of sense. The inclusion of bonuses from these games makes a lot of sense as a proper re-release of these smaller games is unlikely. Coming Call of Duty games would increasingly include Atari games. In Call of Duty: Cold Warnineteen games are available.


1 Portraits of Super Mario – The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time


Mario Bowser Ocarina of Time

The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario have always been linked. They share the same creator in legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto, after all. Both series have always hidden references to each other in their games and Ocarina of time has a pleasure mario easy to miss easter egg.

Players are only in the court for a short time and likely won’t look around. If they do, they’ll see that Hyrule Castle has character portraits from mario 64 and Mario Kart in their living rooms. These paintings can only be seen through a window, making them more subtle than others in the game. mario references. Unfortunately, these paintings have been removed in the 3DS version.

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