Top 10 secret levels in popular games
• As long as there are video games, there will be secret levels in them. The earliest known secret level was in a 1979 Atari game, featuring an easter egg room named after developer Warren Robinett.
• Whether it's a reward for experienced players or just a prank, there's no shortage of hidden levels in video games, and here are ten of the best ones.
10. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader – Vader's Vengeance
• The Rogue Squadron series was a popular trilogy of space simulation games set in the Star Wars universe.
• These games are known for fun, challenging, and entertaining space battles over dozens of Star Wars planets and space objects, as well as an insane amount of Easter eggs and secret codes.
• Although the first part of the trilogy contained only a couple of short hidden levels, the second game, Rogue Leader, contained the most interesting locations and invited players to try on the role of Darth Vader, who crushes the rebels.
• In Triumph of the Empire, you repel an attack on the first Death Star by systematically shooting down rebel fighters (including Luke Skywalker). Then in the mission "Vengeance on Yavin" you (again as Darth Vader) fight in the Rebel base and bomb the Rebellion's secret headquarters, sealing the complete victory of the Galactic Empire.
9. Wolfenstein: The New Order – Nightmare
• Wolfenstein: The New Order was a stellar remake of the classic 80s and 90s game series. And she has not forgotten about her predecessors.
• At several points in the game, the character, BJ Blaskowitz, could take a nap – and during this time you find yourself in the epicenter of a retro nightmare. Its graphics and gameplay matched the classic 1992 version of the game perfectly.
• In a dream, the protagonist of the game returns to his experiences of 1945, when he tries to stop the Nazis' attempts to create an army of mutant soldiers.
• The level ends when you enter the elevator, causing Blaskowitz to wake up.
8. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time – Prince of Persia
• The 2003 game masterpiece Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has an implicit reference to the original 1989 game Prince of Persia right from the start. In the main menu, pressing the "start new game" button places the player on a balcony from which they are expected to enter the first stage.
• If the player, while remaining on the balcony, pressed a certain sequence of buttons, he was teleported to an underground tomb. It's almost an exact copy of the first level from 1989's Prince of Persia, but with a few fun twists. At the end of the path, the player found a new shiny scimitar, as well as a secret room with several cases of beer and a photo of the entire development team.
7. Borderlands 2 – Mysterious Minecraft
• "Borderlands" is essentially the Deadpool of video games, with its comic-book-inspired visuals, vast arsenal of weapons, and dark humor. And like Deadpool, Borderlands doesn't shy away from pop culture references. In the game, this is expressed in the form of a secret level, which has become a tribute to Minecraft.
• In the northwest corner of the toxic dump known as the Caustic Caverns, you can find Minecarts. Behind them is a set of oddly low-res brown blocks that can be broken.
• After passing through this makeshift barrier, you will enter a cave entirely dedicated to Minecraft. Rocks transform into pixelated cubes and the famous Minecraft creepers greet you with their clumsy attacks. You'll even find pixelated skins for yourself and a pistol inside this level, as well as other useful items including gold and eridium.
6 Fallout 4 Secret Room
• Access to this secret area in Fallout 4 is possible only on the PC. To get there, press the tilde (~) key to open a console command prompt, and then type "COC QASMOKE". If done correctly, you will reach a secret room full of treasures.
• The room has been nicknamed "The Dev Room" as players have speculated that this area was originally used by the creators of Fallout 4 to test certain items, but for some reason was not removed.
• It has everything that players could wish for – every weapon, every kind of armor. Obviously, this kind of luxury reduces the enjoyment of the game in some way, so many players who know about the "dev room" do not take anything from there. But we will not judge you if you decide to take a couple of items for yourself!
5. Dying Light – Super Mario World 1-1
• The cult game franchise about the adventures of plumber Mario and his brother Luigi is mentioned in the most unexpected place: in the parkour zombie shooter Dying Light.
• On one of the rooftops of the Old City, there is a familiar-looking green pipe that you can use to teleport down. There, you'll find yourself in a hidden area made up of cubes and pipes – clearly a crude recreation of Mario's level.
• There are even "goombas", really just bizarre-looking zombies. The level ends – in true Mario style – when you touch the flagpole and slide down.
4. Dark Souls – The Painted World of Ariamis
• Dark Souls has often been praised for its intricate level design, and the Painted World of Ariamis level is a stellar example of this attention to detail.
• To enter this level, you need to return to the beginning of the game in the Undead Sanctuary and get the doll that belongs to Priscilla.
• If you pick up and squeeze the doll in front of the large painting in Anor Londo, you will instantly be teleported to the "Painted World of Ariamis" location.
• To get back, you need to completely complete the level, up to the meeting with the boss – Priscilla Half-Blood. But it is not necessary to kill her, initially she is not hostile to the player.
3. Doom 2016 – Doom Levels
• Not only Wolfenstein is nostalgic for the golden age of computer games. In the game Doom, the developers tried to bring back the spirit of the old franchise, literally.
• Each level in Doom 2016 has a hidden lever that opens a hidden door (out of 13 in total). Crossing the threshold of the door, players enter the "classic level". Each classic level is a trip back in time to the Doom Slayer's past, with labyrinth-like corridors leading to good old-fashioned, low-poly enemies.
• Once you have successfully found and completed any of these missions, it will be available from the start menu.
2. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – The Inverted Castle
• One of the game's most unusual secret levels is found in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, released for the Playstation in 1997. It literally turns the whole game upside down.
• This level is not easy to navigate, not only because the ceiling has been swapped with the floor, but also because the enemies waiting for you in the Upside Down Castle are even stronger than the previous villains.
• Surviving this level allows the player to access one of three "real" endings, as well as take part in the final battle against Dracula.
• This flipped level has long been considered one of the most popular secret levels in video games.
1. Diablo 2 – Cow Level
• “There is no cow level,” some players shouted. “Here it is,” others vehemently objected to them. Rumors about the cow level since the first "Diabla" roamed the World Wide Web, until they were put to rest by Blizzard itself. She took and made the real secret cow level in Diablo II.
• This location is full of slow cow people with halberds, and there is also a boss – King of Cows. It was good fun and showed that the developers listen to the community and have a good sense of humor.
• By the way, there is a secret cow level in Diablo III. Perhaps it will be in the upcoming Diablo IV, turning into a good (but not for cows) tradition.