Finding videogame easter eggs takes work and patience. Reading game files, browsing lines of confusing code, searching every inch of a level, and reading into a developer’s cryptic messages is only some of the ways that gaming easter eggs are found.
Luckily, you can relax this Easter holiday as dedicated players have already found dozens of gaming secrets and we’ve compiled all of our favourites into one list, all tied together with a pretty bow.
We’ve mixed some classic easter eggs with some new ones that have cropped up recently. So you can expect the secrets of Aperture Science labs, Bigfoot sightings in Grand Theft Auto, and the painting that slipped by Hitman players for two years, and much more.
If you’re an avid easter egg hunter yourself then make sure to also check out our Overwatch easter eggs list and Doom easter eggs list. Those two games have so many little secrets and references that they need their own designated pages. But without further ado, here’s our list of the best gaming easter eggs on PC.
Half-Life – Gaben Room
Gabe Newell’s face has popped up in some weird places. It’s been used to sell underwear in China, the Valve office has a floor-to-ceiling picture of the Lord Gaben meme, and Gabe’s face has also been used in a Half-Life easter egg.
The Gaben Room is a space where every inch of the walls, floor, and ceiling are covered in the same picture of Gabe Newell’s face. When you first enter the room it’s completely dark so you’ll have to use your suit’s flashlight to view the walls. Shining your light on the wall will reveal hundreds of Gabe’s face smiling back at you. If you want to see the room in all its creepy glory you can find out how to access it here. Check out Neal‘s YouTube video to see what the room looks like.
When navigating the vast network of tunnels that make up Caustic Caverns in Borderlands 2, you can find a secret cave that hides a fun Minecraft easter egg inside. When exploring, you’ll find a blockade built from what should be familiar-looking cubes. Break through it and you’ll find a cavern filled with creepers.
Breaking the blocks and killing the creepers will get you some cute Minecraft-themed loot for your Borderlands character to wear. YouTuber YOTESLAYA has made a tutorial showing how you can find the cavern. You can There’s another, smaller Borderlands easter egg for Game of Thrones fans in the character of Prince Jeffrey – who is a reference to King Joffrey. You even get to let your inner Sansa Stark loose and slap that boy senseless.
The Stanley Parable – Secret Disco
Seeking out all the different endings and hidden achievements in The Stanley Parable is quite the task, but even if you think you’ve done it, here’s a secret you might have missed.
After activating the elevator button in the Monitor Room, hang back and wait around for a minute. After a short time the button will light up again, press it and the monitors will start flashing, the catwalk will light up, and ‘Who Likes to Party’ by Kevin MacLeod will start playing. The suits who worked for Stanley’s company certainly knew how to party.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – Altair dead in a bale of hay
Jumping from incredible heights into the safety of hay bales was a highlight in the Assassin’s Creed series, but this easter egg in The Witcher 2 tells another story. During the Ballista section of the prologue you can find a dead body wearing white overalls among the hay bales. This corpse is a reference the protagonist Altair from the first Assassin’s Creed game.
When you find Altair you’ll receive a bonus for the assassination attribute which grants you a bonus when attacking an enemy from behind – at least something good came from his death. Jump Jump Die Gaming‘s video shows exactly where you can find the clumsy assassin.
Just Cause 4 – Cow gun
Just Cause 4 has its own special approach to weaponry so it’s no surprise that the game has a gun that lets you turn NPCs into cows. The funniest part of this easter egg is that, after turning an NPC into a cow, they will just continue walking around as if nothing happened.
Cow NPCs can still ride motorbikes, control tanks, and shoot you with guns, so beware! Just Cause has other fun easter eggs including turning the game into a parody of A-Ha’s ‘Take On Me’ music video and a hidden secret lets you play a version of Bennet Foddy’s Getting Over it.
Saints Row 2 – Cabbit
The Saints Row series is as bombastic and bizarre as games come and its easter eggs are just as ridiculous. To find this particular Saints Row 2 easter egg, you must venture out to a hidden island by boat.
After wandering around near the coast a giant purple cartoon rabbit will slowly rise up from the ocean like a monster from the deep. x360aNew‘s video shows the bunny’s ascent is all its glory.
You can drive up to the colossal beast in your boat and it just sits there, its huge loveable eyes just staring out into the distance. The Cabbit easter egg also makes an appearance in Saints Row: The Third, and another in Saints Row IV.
Grand Theft Auto V – Bigfoot
There are so many GTA V easter eggs but the one that lets you play as Bigfoot will always hold a special place in our hearts. What started as the golden peyote mystery made fans delve into the game files. They discovered that after completing a set of tasks they could transform their character into Bigfoot. Check out Chaotic‘s video showing you how to play as the hairy hulk.
GTA V’s Bigfoot easter egg is special in that it captures the mythos and detective work that can go into hunting for digital easter eggs – which is why we love them.
Gone Home – Mitten’s journal
When exploring the house in Gone Home you’re guided through the story with journal entries, letters, and documents about the Greenbriar family and their life. But there’s one family member’s input that you might have overlooked.
To get it, you need to dunk the purple basketball from the garage rafters into the basketball hoop in Sam’s room. This will activate a journal entry written and spoken by Mitten, the family cat, and a cute kitten-filled slideshow will play on Sam’s TV too. Aww.
Portal – Rat Man’s lair
The Aperture Science labs look clean and clinical but behind the walls are abandoned rooms and dirty hallways, not to mention many Portal easter eggs. Hidden away behind the laboratories are secret dens – their walls covered in scrawling writing and cryptic diagrams. Follow Asuveroz‘s YouTube video to see all the dens.
The person behind these rooms is a scientist called Doug Rattman who, after being trapped in the science centre, went mad and started painting murals, diagrams, and phrases like ‘the cake is a lie’ to warn Chell about the true nature of the facility. Doug Rattman has become a legend within the Portal series, getting his own spin-off comic, and becoming a more prominent character in Portal 2.
Hitman 2 – Potato Jesus painting
In the Sapienza level of Hitman 2 there’s a striking painting hanging on the wall that slipped by many eagle-eyed players. On closer inspection, the painting is a reference to a Spanish restoration painting of Jesus in 2012 that became a meme. It’s difficult to see clearly but if you check out kacpi26‘s Hitman 2 video you can see the painting in close up along with other easter eggs that they have found.
A user interface designer at developer Io, Mortan Elgaar, confirmed the easter egg in a tweet and highlighted that the painting went unnoticed by fans for two years until one of them decided to take a closer look.
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There you have it, that’s our list of the best gaming easter eggs on PC. You can go back to eating your weight in chocolate now – that’s what I’ll be doing.