10 Secret Gaming Areas You Never Knew Existed

Travelling off the beaten path has its advantages.

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When it comes to playing a video game, few feelings are more enjoyable than being able to immerse yourself in an alternative world. Whether you’re a casual or hardcore gamer, the chance to explore a new environment is rewarding. There’s loot to collect, skills to upgrade, characters to meet and weapons to flex your gaming muscles with. And when you add in an emotionally driven narrative, you’re bound to have a memorable experience.

As exciting as all those features can be, there’s another aspect that keeps gamers coming back for more: the secrets.

From the beginning, creators and developers have left behind Easter eggs, codes and secret messages designed to reward the players who are willing to dig deeper. Whether it’s unlocking a powerful firearm or getting access to a secret character, finding the hidden gems within a game adds replay value.

Stumbling across a hidden location is another fun aspect of playing a game. They are the layers wrapped within layers, encouraging gamers to travel off the beaten path and discover new worlds and levels.

Secret areas aren’t always easy to find, but when you do come across them, it’s satisfying. So, next time you’re playing one of these games, do some exploring and you might be surprised at what you find….

10. Chris Houlihan Room (A Link To The Past)

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The Legend of Zelda series encourages players to travel far and wide to discover secrets scattered throughout the realm of Hyrule. One of the most secretive locations in the history of the series is the Chris Houlihan Room.

Found in A Link to the Past, this room was developed as part of a competition that Nintendo Power held in the early 1990s. The winner of the contest would have their name appear in an upcoming Nintendo title and a guy called Chris Houlihan became the victor.

There were several ways to gain access to the room. The most popular method involved using the Pegasus Boots to dash from the Sanctuary all the way to the Sewer Passageway’s Entrance. When done properly, Link would fall into an underground room and be greeted by a message that said “my name is Chris Houlihan. This is my top-secret room. Keep it between us, ok?”

The player could help themselves to 45 blue rupees. On exiting the room, they would return to Link’s home.


A published short story writer and owner of thecomicvault.wordpress.com, Jamie Ryder spends his time creating fantasy worlds and rambling about pop culture.