Road to Gehenna Is Paved with Portal, Serious Sam and More Easter Eggs

Kevin Thielenhaus | 24 Jul 2015 16:31
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The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna is absolutely packed with Easter eggs, referencing everything from Portal to Serious Sam to Harry Potter fanfiction and beyond. Take a journey through the digital realms of robotic enlightenment and discover some strange secrets hidden away in this expansive add-on.

Fans of the original Talos Principle are probably already aware how many Easter eggs Croteam managed to stuff into each nook and cranny. So it should come as no surprise that the references return in Road to Gehenna, and they're even more obscure, bizarre, and hilarious. Get a taste of what's been found so far in the sections below.

Road to Gehenna Easter Eggs

Ancient Egyptian Portal Turret

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This first Easter egg in Road to Gehenna might be its coolest. Hidden away in one of the World 2 puzzle rooms, sneaky robots can make a very specific jump and check out a genuine Portal turret.

These talkative turrets were a fixture of Portal and Portal 2, and this is yet another cool addition from Talos Principle's most obvious first-person puzzling inspiration.

To find it, travel to World 2 and from the spawn point turn right, entering the Bunny Hop puzzle. Complete it like normal, then jump up to the upper platform with the switch.

From this high-point, you'll want to jump over the walls protecting the red / blue laser projectors on the right (from the entrance) or the left (when attempting the jump) -- if you can make this tricky leap, you'll land next to some stone steps.

Jump onto the steps, and you'll come face-to-face with this memorable prop from Portal.

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Serious Sam: The Text Encounter

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Serious Sam gets retro in a text-only adventure with one cool secret file available in World 2. From the starting point, travel left until you find a very conspicuous ruin with multiple ramps and platforms. It looks like you can climb it -- because you totally can.

Reach the tallest pillar. On top of it, you'll find a blue secret file; it takes another jump just to see the top of the pillar. It's a blue floppy disc with 'Top Secret' written on it.

Take this secret disc to the terminal at the start of the area to access it. Confirm the upload at the terminal, and you'll get an option to play Serious Sam: The Text Encounter!

Just like old text-only adventure games, you'll type in simple commands to solve puzzles. In this case, you're the Croteam creation Serious Sam, a fast-paced crazy FPS. So, this is a match made in adventure game heaven.

Instead of fighting Sirian Werebulls, Serious Sam does battle with ennui in this dour bit of coding. It's a long, hilarious joke that goes on for a shockingly long time. If you're looking to see Sam's deep depression, this is the Easter egg for you.

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