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Call of Duty: Black Ops Easter eggs guide

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Saving the world is serious business, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little silly fun along the way. Treyarch, the developers behind Call of Duty: Black Ops, have made a game about war, torture, interrogation, assassination, political intrigue and vast government conspiracies.

If you look closely and carefully enough, however, they've also made a game with cuddly children's toys, hilarious internet memes, '80s arcade machines, old-school text adventures and subtle nods to the franchise's past. What, where, when and how, you ask? Read on for our 15 favorite Call of Duty: Black Ops Easter eggs... so far.

Contributor: Joe McNeilly


Escape your chair in the main menu

What a cool concept. You don't just play as secret soldier Alex Mason during the game… you play as him in the menu screens as well. Still strapped to the interrogation chair. Still questioned by that mysterious shadow. Still surrounded by flickering monitors and dirty torture equipment. You can look around all you want, even down at your imprisoned arms and legs, but you can never escape.

Or can you? You can! Simply pull the left and right triggers on your controller, in quick and alternate succession: LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT. Do it fast enough and Mason will suddenly break free of his restraints and stand up, free to explore the room.

BONUS: Finding this Easter egg will earn you the Achievement / Trophy "Just ask me nicely"


Access a secret computer terminal

Once free from the interrogation chair, the first thing (really, the only thing) you'll want to do in this menu room is walk over to the small computer terminal tucked away in the back corner. The game will instruct you to hit a button, and voila – a really old, really clunky '60s-era operating system!

Type out "HELP" for a basic idea of what commands are possible in this retro terminal. We'll walk you through the documents and programs we've found so far, but if you experiment enough, you're bound to discover something new. Also, if you own a USB keyboard, we recommend plugging it in now.


Unlock the Dead Ops Arcade mode

You've played Nazi Zombies and, after beating the campaign, you've played Pentagon "Five" Zombies with JFK, Castro, Nixon and McNamara. But what about that third missing option, currently blacked out in the Zombie menu? What unlocks that?

Simple. At the computer command prompt, enter "DOA" to launch Dead Ops Arcade, an old-school, top-down, dual-stick shooter similar to Robotron, Smash TV or Geometry Wars… only with armies of zombies, remote control helicopters and an evil space gorilla. It's fun, it's surprisingly lengthy and best of all, it supports co-op. After you've entered the "DOA" code and played that first time, Dead Ops Arcade will always be available from the main menu.

BONUS: Finding this Easter egg will earn you the Achievement / Trophy "Insert Coin"

BONUS x2: Using the Speed Boost power-up in Dead Ops Arcade to kill 20 or more enemies at once will earn you the Achievement / Trophy "Easy Rhino"


Play Zork

Yes, buried within one of this year's most high-budget, cutting-edge, action-packed explosion-thons is a 1980 text adventure in which you solve puzzles, navigate mazes and defeat trolls by typing at them. Zork I: The Great Underground Empire is a legendary milestone in the history of gaming and, should you grow bored of all the guns (or all the graphics) in Black Ops, it is fully playable when you type "ZORK" into the computer terminal's command prompt.

BONUS: Finding this Easter egg will earn you the Achievement / Trophy "Eaten by a Grue"


Letters from your family

We're not done with the computer yet. In addition to playing the Zork and Dead Ops Arcade programs, you can access a whole list of documents hidden in the machine. Enter "DIR" to see a list of what's available, then type "CAT" followed by a space and the filename you want. Most interesting to us were the tragic series of letters from Alex Mason's father and sister, which add dimension to his personality and background.


Hidden art and music

There are also .pic and .snd files that can be accessed through the "DIR" and "CAT" commands. The former display concept art of missions and characters, while the latter play soundtrack music from the game.


No Russian? Well, maybe a little

The most famous line of dialogue in any Call of Duty – ever – is spoken by Modern Warfare 2's terrorist villain, Vladimir Makarov, at the start of the game's fourth mission. As an elevator door slowly opens, and an airport full of soon-to-be-slaughtered travelers is horrifyingly revealed, he reminds the player, "Remember, no Russian."

Cut to the beginning of Black Ops' fourth mission, in which another undercover protagonist is about to infiltrate a Soviet launch facility. As he straps on his boots and pulls on his mask, the character across from him turns and says, "I hope your time in Vorkuta helped your Russian, Mason."

Coincidence? Or intentional callback? We're going with the latter.


Mysterious objectives

SPOILER ALERT! By the final two missions of Black Ops' campaign, protagonist Alex Mason has gone a bit coo-coo. He's paranoid, he's violent, he's hallucinating… and in a clever breakthrough of the fourth wall, the game transfers some of that madness to the you, the player. Pause during either the Revelations or Redemption missions and you won't see a real objective – just more of the numbers that have driven Mason out of his mind.

Next page: Double rainbows, teddy bears, Apocalypse Now and more!

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45 comments

  • codyblair - October 16, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    go to Firing Range and the building close to the spawn by the tunnel has a teddy bear. go up the stairs and go by the big square in the back and look up. it is stuck in the ceiling.
  • psycho ninja 4 - October 2, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    I started off with five and dead ops as soon as i put the game in. I thought that was normal.
  • holy99 - July 14, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    The Little Secret You Get For Knocking Off The Heads Of The Mannequins Is "Sympathy For The Devil" By Rolling Stones Playing On All The Loudspeakers As Shown Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kzRcJfC8WU Also Be Sure To Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1Yw-BiA4aM&feature=relmfu
  • snapshot2013 - July 11, 2011 7:01 a.m.

    i blew all the dummies heads off in nuketown in a tim of this was on my stop watch 6min.9sec
  • jakejake8976 - March 6, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    it is about the teddy bear if u go to firing range if u go in 1 of the buildings if u spectate and go between some boards and the roof the teddy bear is on some boxes
  • tylerpool - February 9, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    For Kino Der toten, the 3 meteorite pieces, the teddy bear, and all the wonder weapons have to do with the backround of Zombies in general. First of all, the teddybear is from Samantha Maxis, Daughter of Dr.Maxis, the man who created the teleporters and the wonder weapons. When Dr. Maxis put sams pregnant dog inside the teleporter to test the results, it created the first Hell dog, who then had more hell dogs as puppies. Because Richtofen says "Samantha, what have i told you about this" when the teddy bear appears, it seems she is in control of the box. And when richtofen kills a hell dog on the dog round, he says "Take it back samantha" proposing she is in control of them, since her dog was the first. Also, there are 3 types of "Easter eggs in kino, teddy bear definatly NOT one of them. The first is the meteorite pieces. They can be found in the Main Lobby, Alley Way, and the Dressing Room(I wont say where). Finding them will start the song 115, which is what powers the wonder weapons, pack a punch, and teleporter. Second is the radios. there is one on the rooftop in the alleyway, and one on the chandelier in the theater. you can shoot them to activate some dialogue from dr. maxis. Finally, there are the films. After you leave the projecter room from the teleporter, you will appear in 4 possible rooms. There is a dentist office, goverment office, Samanthas room, and the Demonic samanthas room. THere are 3 film reels, randomly place in the rooms. You can grab them by going up to them and holding Square. (Ps3) You use them by then going into the teleporter again, and at the projecter hold Square. This will start the dialogue and the screen will show images. Thats all the easter eggs i know, but the cheats and glitches you will have to find out like i did.
  • FrozenDonkey - January 6, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    About Return of the teddy bear, There is another one to be found in the random weapon box from the Kino Der Toten zombies mode. I was waiting for a weapon when suddenly a teddy bear appears.
  • sectorx - January 3, 2011 6:28 a.m.

    You forgot one! (This comes out of memory so I may be wrong but) In the mission "Wolverines" in Mw2 you fight across a group of stores, one is a gas station. The name? Nova Gas Station. It's a lucky guess but it MIGHT just be a nod from Treyarch to Infinity Wards latest game? By the way I made an account just to put this up when looking for some easter eggs I may have overlooked, and hell the process of making an account on this site is kinda annoying, glad i didn't have to fill in any profile info :D. P.S: Think that "No Russian" reference just doesn't make sense to make, seriously that level was just swimming in Russian no coincidence...
  • koolman101 - December 27, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    you know what i found? the sexy man pile on the game. yah, i was looking around for other stuff and i went down a roof and found these guys, like you said, tucked away, alone in the corner. its really weird why they put that in the game, but they have it and it is NOT patched out. thought i would let you guys know.
  • Deadlypancake - December 23, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    When you shoot all the mannequins the loud speckers start playig Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones. Also you have to shoot all there heads off in under 15 seconds.
  • XeroSpace21 - December 21, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    The mannequin Easter egg is the song "Sympathy for the Devil" don't believe me? Watch this video by NextGenTactics and you shall believe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kzRcJfC8WU
  • Nilliak - December 16, 2010 7:07 p.m.

    In "Five" in the very starting room if you look at one of the small presidential seals on the walls from across the room it looks like a treyarch symbol, and as you get closer it looks normal.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - November 26, 2010 2:09 p.m.

    I found the sexy man pile too! I also found it on the numbers mission, but the bodies were wearing different clothes. I don't know if it has to do what difficulty you are playing on, I was trying to beat the game on veteran.
  • Yarok - November 23, 2010 2:51 a.m.

    Protip: On PC version, it's space instead of LT/RT.
  • aaronthoman - November 21, 2010 8:33 p.m.

    what if you are to type the letters into the computer.? has anyone tried? it would be kinda wierd to have everything unfold if it where to work...
  • mjs1026 - November 20, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    The game DOA on the computer is a version of the xbox live community game "I made a game with zombies in it"but with some altercations
  • ongong - November 18, 2010 3:47 p.m.

    have you noticed that the numbers are not over 26? they might relate to the alphabet- a=1 b=2 c=3, etc. Anyone know?
  • Spartan11794 - November 17, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    I was skeptical when I heard of this, but it did make some sense, seeing as its an easter egg about a movie in a movie theater, anyway, I finally found a video of a Kino Der Toten easter egg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Oer24o02q8&feature=r%20elated
  • Riverteen101 - November 17, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    they never actually patched the sex pile. i found it!!!!
  • cronomonkey - November 16, 2010 3 a.m.

    (N00B comment) what is "the latter"

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