The term “Easter egg” has long been used to describe hidden goodies inside of software and video games, but it’s not often that game companies use the designated Easter holiday to actually announce the things. That changed on Sunday with an out-of-nowhere announcement from AtariAge, a modern-day retro publisher known for releasing games for Atari systems like the 2600 and the Jaguar.
AtariAge released the Jeff Minter Classics collection last year, which was billed as two ’80s Minter games combined on a single Jaguar cartridge. (Minter, for the uninitiated, is the founder of bizarre ’80s game studio Llamasoft and continues making stunning games like Tempest 2000, TxK, and Polybius to this day.) Sunday’s news confirmed that AtariAge’s sales pitch was a mistruth; three Minter classics shipped on the cart, and its owners can now access the third game, a refresh of 1982’s Gridrunner, by entering the code “modern day wizardry” into the cart’s password screen. Do this once, and the retro-looking bullet-hell game will permanently unlock on your cartridge via the main menu.