Ion Maiden is a retro-style FPS made in the Build Engine that powered the likes of Duke Nukem 3D, Blood and Shadow Warrior back in the '90s, and like those games there are a load of secrets in the game - charmingly referred to as Dick's Secret Stashes.
Some are really devious, so you'll need our Ion Maiden Secrets Guide to find all of them! And we've got Aliens and Hellraiser II Easter Eggs too for you! Check it out below!
You can find Part 1 of our Ion Maiden Secrets Guide here, covering all secrets in Defence Farce and Washington Wasteland levels including Duke Nukem 3D, Portal and Twin Peaks Easter Eggs.
Secret 1: Near the start there's a big 'Attention' sign next to a little room you can't get into. Press the grey panel on the right and it'll slide back to reveal a hole you can jump through.
Secret 2: Enter the room above, and once you've dealt with all the enemies notice the blue crate on your right. Press it to reveal the next secret.
Secret 3: After you're done with all the switch-flipping in that room you'll get access to this room beyond. Immediately turn right and shoot out the vent, then jump in.
Secret 4: After you've made the ladder drop, in the locker room above shoot out the very obvious fan - and then go in. Press the wall at the end of the vent to get the secret armour.
Secret 5: Head back past the ladder and take a left. Jump over the railing and you'll land in water, then swim down to get all the goodies.
Secret 6: Head left into the subway area and there'll be a big explosion behind you. Kill the enemies and head into the destroyed area to get the secret.
Secret 7: Just along from this is an 'MC Monster' burger poster. Delicious as it looks, it's not real. Use the poster and it'll slide up to reveal an equally delicious secret.
Secret 8: Head much later to the subway stop itself - see this weird grey box? Jump on it from the bench and it'll open a secret hatch in the nearby wall.
Secret 9: Just next to the previous secret, on the left of the train tracks are some barriers - simply jump over them and carry on to the secret.
Secret 10 - Aliens Easter Egg: Near the start of the tracks there's some boards with a trashcan on top of them. Clear the tracks of enemies, and then push the bin all the way down to the yellow area with a vent above. Shoot out the vent, then jump on the bin and in.
Inside is a very familiar trash-covered room. Fans of the movie Aliens will recognize this place as where Newt successfully survives hiding from the Xenomorphs until rescued by Ripley and the Colonial Marines. You can even see the head of her doll, Casey. "I wonder if there's a sharp stick?" Shelly quips, referencing one of Hudson's lines in the movie.
Secret 11: At the end of the tracks you'll go up a ladder to an area overlooking where you just were. Turn immediately right and spot the bricks sticking out of the wall with a blue wall at the end. Jump across the bricks and use the wall.
Secret 12 - Hellbound: Hellraiser II Easter Egg:
Straight after the last secret, just on the right at the end of the railings is a switch with a bloody handprint next to it. Press it, then jump down to the floor below and head to the very end of the tracks. Open the door at the end, and you'll meet a gruesome scene.
This is a reference to, of all things, the second Hellraiser movie. The hanging hooks, the spinning block that appears, and the "holy s***" comment from Shelly (said by Tiffany in the movie) give it away.
Secret 13 - Developer Thanks Easter Egg: The final secret of Ion Maiden as it stands now is just before the boss encounter. On the right by some posters is a clothes store. See the pile of trash next to the posters? Shoot it all, and there's a vent behind it which you can shoot too. Head down the vent and it takes you into the store, where there's a nice message from one of the developers.
DavoX is one of the map makers on the game, formerly of the modding community who previously helped create the excellent Duke Nukem Forever 2013 DLC Map Pack.
This message is a nice reminder that this absolutely isn't it for Ion Maiden - this is just an early access preview version, and Voidpoint are working on the full game now. Just based on this little snippet and all the wonderful secrets and Easter Eggs already here, they've clearly got the spirit of the Build Engine games just right - and we can't wait for more.