Easter eggs

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Hello, Commander! I see you're player too! - Paradox Interactive positive Standing greeting

Easter eggs are inside jokes and references to popular culture, included for the player's amusement.

Mission Sponsors[edit]

All Mission Sponsors were shown as their real life (or fictional) counterparts in the Gamescom demo of Surviving Mars.

Logo - SpaceY.png SpaceY

Inspired by SpaceX.

Logo - Church.png Church of the New Ark

Inspired by the Latter Day Saints movement.

Logo - BSC.png Blue Sun Corporation

Inspired by Weyland Corporation from Alien vs. Predator, and a direct name reference to Firefly and Serenity.

Achievements[edit]

Cant stop the signal.png Can't Stop the Signal

Reference to Serenity

Do androids dream of electric sheep.png Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Reference to the novel of the same name

Its always sunny on mars.png It's Always Sunny On Mars

Reference to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Marvin the martian.png Marvin the Martian

Reference to the Looney Toons character of the same name

Mirror mirror.png Mirror, mirror...

Reference to Snow White

Open the pod bay doors.png Open the Pod Bay Doors

Reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey

Special.png S.P.E.C.I.A.L.

Reference to the Fallout series

Space invaders.png Space Invaders

Reference to the arcade game of the same name

The beanstalk.png The Beanstalk

Reference to Jack and the Beanstalk

The final frontier.png The Final Frontier

Reference to Star Trek

The positronic man.png The Positronic Man

Reference to Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg's novel of the same name

The rabbit hole.png The Rabbit Hole

Reference to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The watney challenge.png The Watney Challenge

Reference to Andy Weir's The Martian

What is real.png What is Real?

Reference to The Matrix movie

Where no man has gone before.png Where No Man has Gone Before

Reference to Star Trek

Wubba lubba dub dub.png Wubba, lubba, dub, dub!

Reference to Rick and Morty

Europa universalis.png Europa Universalis

Reference to the Paradox Interactive game series of the same name

Mysteries[edit]

The Power of Three
Reference to Doctor Who episode of the same name.
Inner Light
Reference to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode of the same name.
Beyond Earth
Rede Goddenberry is a reference to scifi writer Gene Roddenberry, best known for creating Star Trek. Title could also be a reference to Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri.
Artificial Intelligence
NetSky is an anagram for Skynet from the Terminator series.

Events and Story Bits[edit]

Catch-a-Ride!
Reference to Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster. Fittingly the SpaceY Mission Sponsor has an additional Story Bit choice.
Comet Sighted
Reference to games developed by Paradox Development Studio.
Dormant Life
Reference to the Jurassic Park series.
Fhtagn! Fhtagn!
Reference to H. P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu. In the long forgotten tongue the word means "dreams", "sleeps" or "waits".
Flat Mars Society
Reference to the Flat Earth Society and Mike Hughes' failed rocket launch attempt.
Gaming Tournament
Reference to StarCraft.
Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
Reference to the Simon & Garfunkel song "The Sound of Silence".
Iron-Oxidizing Bacteria
Reference to Dr. Strangelove.
Total Recall
Reference to the movie of the same name.
Water Chip
Reference to the Fallout series.
Witness me!
Reference to Mad Max: Fury Road.
Blood Music
Reference to the novel of the same name.

Event Replies[edit]

Goodbye and thanks for all the drones!
Reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
I don't want to set the world on fire.
Reference to a song of the same name by The Ink Spots, used as the main theme for Fallout 3.
Mars - just add water!
Reference to H2O: Just Add Water.

Rival Colony Dialogue[edit]

I used to be an astrogeologist like you, but then I took an asteroid in the sensor tower. (positive Standing greeting for Astrogeologist Commander Profiles)
Reference to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Hello, Commander. How are things going in your colony? Do you want us to sell you not-a-flamethrower already? (SpaceY neutral Standing greeting)
Reference to Elon Musk's Not-a-Flamethrower.
Greetings. Listen carefully, for our words are backed with NUCLEAR WEAPONS! (India negative Standing greeting)
Reference to the "Nuclear Gandhi" bug from Civilization.
All your base are belong to us! (Japan resource request refusal)
Reference to Zero Wing.

Other[edit]

Hawking Institute (building)
Tribute to theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Originally called Science Institute, the building was renamed following his death.
Please don't go. The drones need you. They look up to you. (game exit message)
Reference to the voice audio played when exiting Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri.