Spoilers ahead for Ready Player One.
Time will tell if Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of Wade Watts’ search for Halliday’s Easter Egg in Ready Player One is as engaging as Ernest Cline‘s original novel, but one thing’s for sure: When it comes to the movie, there’s plenty of hidden Easter eggs for fans to find. Pop culture touchstones and feel-good nostalgia references were the hooks that made the story a bestseller and a highly sought after property for adaptation, and they’re some of the best parts of both versions of the tale.
But boy are there a lot of references to pick up on … like, a lot. They get a little easier to spot if you actually lived through the 80s and 90s, or, if like Wade Watts himself, you have rabidly researched and studied the decades and all of their many pop culture contributions. And while some are easier to pick up on than others–it’s hard to miss a massive Tyrannosaurus rex and King Kong wreaking havoc across the New York City skyline–and others are literally doled out to you as exposition, even the most diehard Gunter might not be able to catch ’em all. (There’s a good chance that we haven’t spotted them all either, at least not in this first go-round, so feel free to let us know what we missed in the comments and we’ll add them accordingly!)
So what follows is a handy guide to all of Ready Player One‘s Easter eggs in the categories of Music, Movies, TV, Video Games, Comic Books and Miscellaneous. If you want to check it out before seeing Ready Player One (for a repeat viewing, we hope) so you’ll know what to keep an eye out for, or bookmark it as a viewing guide for the eventual Blu-ray release, that’d be aces. We’ll probably be refreshing this list once the flick arrive son home video, too, since it’ll give us a chance for a frame-by-frame analysis without having to break into the projectionist’s booth, which I’m told is frowned upon.
So follow along with our handy guide below and let us know what we invariably missed in the comments!