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

Mission SponsorsEdit

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


Inspired by SpaceX.

  Church of the New Ark

Inspired by the Latter Day Saints movement.

  Blue Sun Corporation

Inspired by Weyland Corporation from Alien vs. Predator, and a direct name reference to Firefly and Serenity. The name also resembles SpaceX rival, Blue Origin.


  Project Mohole

Reference to a project of the same name

  Soylent Green

Reference to movie of the same name

  Good Vibrations

Reference to song of the same name

  The Positronic Brain

Reference to Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg's novel the Positronic Man
Overcharge Amplification
Text: "Power! Unlimited power!" Sheev
Reference to Sheev Palpatines infamous line from Star Wars


  Can't Stop the Signal

Reference to Serenity

  You can't take the Sky from Me!

Reference to Firefly, line from the lyrics of The Ballad of Serenity

  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Reference to the novel of the same name

  It's Always Sunny On Mars

Reference to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

  Marvin the Martian

Reference to the Looney Toons character of the same name

  Mirror, mirror...

Reference to Snow White

  Open the Pod Bay Doors

Reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey


Reference to the Fallout series

  Space Invaders

Reference to the arcade game of the same name

  The Beanstalk

Reference to Jack and the Beanstalk

  The Final Frontier

Reference to Star Trek

  The Positronic Man

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

  The Rabbit Hole

Reference to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

  The Watney Challenge

Reference to Andy Weir's The Martian

  Fear my Botany Powers!

Reference to Andy Weir's The Martian

  What is Real?

Reference to The Matrix movie

  Where No Man has Gone Before

Reference to Star Trek

  Wubba, lubba, dub, dub!

Reference to Rick and Morty

  Good News, Everyone!

Reference to Futurama

  Europa Universalis

Reference to the Paradox Interactive game series of the same name

  Skies of Blue

Reference to Louis Armstrong's song What a Wonderful World

  Creator of Worlds

Reference to an infamous Robert Oppenheimer quote


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.
Reference to The Andromeda Strain novel.
Reference to the Watergate scandal, after which major scandals have generally become marked with a '-gate' suffix.

Events and Story BitsEdit

Reference to Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster. Fittingly the SpaceY Mission Sponsor has an additional Story Bit choice. Title is also a reference to the vehicle spawning service in the Borderlands franchise.
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.
Immortal Engines
Reference to Philip Reeve's novel Mortal Engines.
Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
Reference to the Simon & Garfunkel song "The Sound of Silence".
Iron-Oxidizing Bacteria
Reference to Dr. Strangelove.
The Man from Mars
Reference to Jerome Bixby's story, The Man from Earth.
Foreigner in a Foreign Land
Reference to Robert A. Heinlein novel, Stranger in a Strange Land.
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.
Smoke on the Water
Reference to the song of the same name.
Dark Side of the Sun
Reference to the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon

A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away...

Reference to Star Wars

Do not go gentle into that good night

Reference to a poem by Dylan Thomas used in Interstellar

Event RepliesEdit

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.
I will do anything for love but I won't do that.
Reference to a popular, similarly named song by Meat Loaf.
Mars - just add water!
Reference to H2O: Just Add Water.
Step aside, I know regular expressions!
Reference to XKCD #208: Regular Expressions
[Church of the New Ark] Nobody expects the Martian inquisition! (New Messiah Event)
Reference to Monty Python's the Spanish inquisition.

What a splendid idea! Let's call it "A Game of Domes"! (Mars Got Talent Event)

Reference to Game of Thrones.

"We are the Blorg. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be befriended by our own. Resistance is futile." Clearly, the poor biorobot has gone nuts. (Nuts and Bolts)

Reference to Star Trek

Rival Colony DialogueEdit

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" meme from Civilization.
All your base are belong to us! (Japan resource request refusal)
Reference to Zero Wing.


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.