Memorable easter eggs in games

It’s Easter today, so it’s time for the obligatory Easter egg thread!

Many people think the secret room in Atari’s Adventure that displays programmer Warren Robinett’s name is the very first video game Easter egg.

That’s not true, though. The very first Easter egg is in fact found in the 1973 game Moonlander.

If the player landed at exactly the right spot, a McDonalds appeared. The astronaut would leave the lander and walk over to the McDonalds and order a Big Mac to go, before walking back to the Lander and taking off again. If players crashed directly into the McDonalds, the game displayed a message reading ‘You clod. You’ve destroyed the only McDonald’s on the Moon.’

One of my favourite Easter eggs can be found in the Commodore 64 version of Kung-Fu Master. On level 1, if you press SHIFT + G while facing left, you pull out a gun and shoot everyone in front of you. It’s hilarious!

So, which video game Easter eggs left an impression on you?

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That King Fu one is hilarious!

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International Karate + also features a funny Easter egg. Here’s what happens when you press E and S during gameplay:

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The one that I always liked was the SimCopter one:

I had no idea Servin became part of an art pranks group:

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Haha, I remember that one. Brilliant!

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I loved Sim Copter. UFO chasing.

Not sure this one counts as an Easter Egg but when playing Black & White 2 occasionally the game would whisper your name. Freaky as hell.

My favourite was in Track & Field if you threw your javelin at just the right angle it would hit a UFO and it would crash down to earth.

This was also in the 3D PlayStation version International Track & Field. There really dialed the Easter Eggs up to 11.

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Never seen these before. Cool!

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There are a few fun easter eggs in the Master System version of Space Harrier.

SECRET MESSAGE

Fill all the high score rankings with “ERI” to display a secret message.

I wonder what kind of letters (if any) have been sent and if the devs have actually replied to those!

SECRET MENU

First, press right, left, down, up to gain access to the soundtest. Then, play sounds 7, 4, 3, 7, 4, 8, 1 in the sound test to reveal a secret menu.

Now it gets really interesting! Select “jet” and you’ll be treated to this:

Yes, the jet from the Space Harrier arcade prototype is playable in the Master System port!

For reference, here’s a blurry pic of the prototype:

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That’s awesome! I’m going to try the jet mode. I wonder if it changes the hit box of your character…

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Damn, I’ll check if it works on the Mark III version.

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I knew about the jet cheat way back in 1988 but never knew about the high score secret message thing. Very cool.

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The algorithm just recommended this to me.

Monkey in the tree being my favourite!

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