State of Decay: Easter Eggs

Want to see Plants vs. Zombies in your backyard? Find pop-culture zombie references galore hidden all throughout State of Decay, the survival simulator on XBLA and soon to release on PC. Instead of taking the action-packed Dead Rising or Left 4 Dead route, the creators of State of Decay put the focus solely on surviving the zombie apocalypse. It’s a dour game, but it’s never too serious thanks to a cavalcade of Easter eggs. There are too many references to count, but we’re going to try anyway.

Check out every reference and Easter egg we’ve found so far in the list below. If there’s anything we’re missing, drop us a comment and we’ll provide credit for your contribution.

There’s way more to discover in Trumbull County, check out all our guides and unlockables on the State of Decay cheats list. If you’re having trouble just getting started, give our State of Decay Survival Guide a look to learn how to build bases, how to keep survivors healthy, and what to do about those annoying hordes.

Easter Eggs

Sunflowers Vs. Zeds

  • Pictured at the top of the page, a scene of the popular tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies can be seen in a backyard west of the Ascension Church.

“Everything’s coming up Milhouse!”

  • Listen, some of your survivor’s a Simpsons fans. This random line is spoken sometimes by Sam, sometimes by others. No matter what, it’s hilarious.
  • This immortal line was spoken by the eponymous Milhouse in the Season 10 episode “Mom and Pop Art” after his flood pants kept his cuffs dry during a flood.

Simon & Nick Landscaping

  • Scattered around town are signs advertising their work. This is a reference to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the two actors that played schlubby heroes in the horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead.

Grimes for Sheriff Poster

  • If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, you’ll recognize the name Rick Grimes. The former Sheriff’s Deputy never got a chance to run for Sheriff in the comic or the TV show.

Campbell Used Autos

  • Cult B-movie fans love him; Bruce Campbell’s name became synonymous with the undead thanks to his portrayal as Ash in the Evil Dead Trilogy.

Kirkman / Savini Residence & Snyder Trucking

  • Three more references; Robert Kirkman is the creator of The Walking Dead. Tom Savini is the make-up and special effects artist behind George Romero’s most famous zombie movies. Speaking of George Romero, Zack Snyder re-made his opus Dawn of the Dead and earned his place in the zombie pantheon.

Xbox 360 Owner

  • Found that Plants vs. Zombies display in the backyard? Look inside the house itself to find an Xbox 360 slim in the bedroom.

The #1 Rule

  • For reaching 7-stars in the Cardio attribute, players can earn this achievement. What was the lead character of Zombieland’s #1 Rule in case of a zombie apocalypse? Cardio.

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14 Comments on State of Decay: Easter Eggs


On June 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I think the fact that the sheriff at the courthouse’s name is Carl and Carl who is rick’s son who’s a sheriffs deputy is a reference too, and I think the iron fisted “the judge” is a subtle reference to the governor in twd


On June 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

When entering some of the enclaves. The NPC character initiates the tour around the compound/building by saying words to the effect of ‘I’ll give you the nickel tour’. These are the same words uttered by The Governer to Rick, Michonne and Glenn when they arrive in Woodbury in The Walking Dead comic.


On June 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Not only that, but one mission sees you looking for the Sheriff, so you’re running around asking, “Where’s Carl?”


On June 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

I have heard Ed, after running a zombie over with a passenger in the car, chuckle and say, “You’ve got red on you.” LOVE IT!!!


On June 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

The auto mechanic is called “big daddy’s”. Big daddy who was also a mechanic (played by eugene Clark) is the name of the leader of the zombies in George romero’s land of the dead.


On June 13, 2013 at 11:33 am

The screamer zombie is based on machone’s accompanying zombies in the walking dead. As like her zombies the screamers have had their arms and mouth cut off.


On June 24, 2013 at 9:38 am

Not to mention at The Grange, there is a shipping container labeled Adlard Moore Freight Company, Charlie Adlard and Tony Moore are both artists on The Walking Dead comics


On June 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Sometimes when you complete a construction Lily Ritter will say over the radio – “Construction complete… i always wanted to say that.” This must be a reference to the old RTS PC game ‘Red Alert’ as in the game whenever you complete a construction a female voice will be heard saying “Construction complete.”


On June 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm

At the beginning of the game, Ed says something along the lines of “can’t we just grab a beer and wait for all this to blow over?” LOVE the Shaun of the Dead reference


On June 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Also, when you get the achievement “Enjoy the Little Things” after you kill a zombie with a car door, this is another reference to Zombieland


On August 7, 2013 at 10:53 pm

theres a truck named norma in the game this could be tide to dawn of the dead


On November 18, 2013 at 10:38 am

I’ve found a reference for Cuthullu in a picture, but i couldnt find it again, all i know it s in a wall in one deposit.


On November 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm

try to listen for the “Left for Dead 2″ sound track playing in the background, (sounds like a demented violin playing really low)


On February 6, 2014 at 9:10 pm

with the dim light of the sun set, you can see that a human skull seems to pop out of the graffiti painted on the walls of abandoned buildings