Follow our handy guide to discover the location of each and every one of the 5 separate Holotape Games for the Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV in Bethesda’s Fallout 4.
AAA titles with mini-games are far from a new concept. However, when developers include them, it often makes for a richer and more enjoyable experience. Such is the case with Fallout 4 and its 5 individual Holotape Games that can be played on in-game terminals as well as the title’s multi-functional database and pre-War Personal Information Processor wrist-gear, the Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV.
Although Bethesda surely wished to keep the Holotape Games’ existence in Fallout 4 a secret for as long as humanly possible, the jig was most definitely up after the studio allowed gamers to acquire the special Pip-Boy app for download on Android and iOS prior to Fallout 4‘s release. Once fans obtained the program for mobile devices, it was discovered that the mini-game Atomic Command was included outright, leading many to correctly speculate that similar Easter eggs would be included in the main title as well.
Yes, Bethesda’s parody of Missile Command can be played on the Pip-Boy app, along with all of the other send-ups of retro-arcade classics should fans “hack” into the software, but tracking down the location of each within the base game of Fallout 4 can be a lot of fun too. Plus, when at least one of the Holotape Games is found and played, it unlocks the “Future Retro” achievement or trophy, depending on what platform is being used.
Of course, hunting for the Holotape Games may not be an easy task for some Fallout 4 fans, so we’ve compiled a list of their locations as a guide for those in need. Along the way, players might encounter some fearsome foes, so it’s important to always remain fortified with reliable weapons and sturdy armor. However, once all of the mini-games below are a part of the protagonist’s Pip-Boy inventory, our Vault Dwellers can take a much-needed break in the post-apocalyptic Boston Commonwealth to enjoy some video games of their own.
For those unaware, Red Menace plays almost exactly like the old school arcade stand-up version of Donkey Kong. Only this time around, instead of Mario as the heroic plumber fighting the titular ape antagonist, we’re treated to Vault Boy fighting a communistic octopus. In the mini-game, players will have to climb ladders while avoiding nuclear bombs and rolling fireballs so as to reach the top and rescue the damsel in distress.
Red Menace should be the easiest to obtain, since it can be grabbed right at the outset of Fallout 4. After awakening from the cryogenic sleep, players are urged to escape Vault 111. It’s necessary to follow all of the waypoints on-screen until they lead to the room with the electricity shooting around every which way but loose.
Before entering the lightning-laden chamber, head toward the break room and access the Vault-Tec Recreation Terminal to collect the Holotape for Red Menace. Of course, make sure to play it first so that the “Future Retro” achievement/trophy is unlocked.
As mentioned before, Atomic Command is identical to Atari’s Missile Command. Players take control of a stationary turret to blast an endless hail of ballistic missiles out of the sky before they crash and explode into the earth. In order to succeed, there are 8 locations to defend in total: New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, St. Louis, Mount Rushmore, and of course, Boston.
Should fans wish to take part in the missile defense mini-game, they need to explore the Museum of Freedom in Concord. After finding the trapped settlers in the main quest mission entitled “When Freedom Calls”, players should come across the Holotape Game on a desk near a terminal in the debris-laden upstairs room.
In case gaming fans aren’t aware yet, Bethesda has a penchant for wordplay, as is evidenced with the pun-based Holotape Game Pipfall. Essentially, this is a Fallout 4 re-skin of Activision’s popular 1982 platform video game classic, Pitfall!
Of course, instead of navigating the title’s original character Pitfall Harry throughout a maze-like jungle filled with natural dangers to recover treasures, players will take control of Vault Boy. The goal is to steer clear of irradiated mutants, pools of nuclear waste, and other hazards in order to find the 5 individual Vault-Tec bobblehead locations before the timer runs out.
Pipfall is relatively easy to locate, as it can be found on a desk in the boss room in Fort Hagen Command Center. As it happens, Vault Dwellers will visit this room in particular during the main quest “Reunions”.
Grognak the Barbarian and the Ruby Ruins
Grognak the Barbarian and the Ruby Ruins ought to delight many of Fallout 4‘s nerdier fans, as it’s a text-based RPG. For the uninitiated, players will round up an adventuring party and be given story beats in the mini-game, and after reading them through, decisions need to be made using a menu to determine what happens next in the narrative for the eponymous hero.
To discover the Grognak Holotape, it’s required to travel to the settlement of Good Neighbor. While completing the main story quest “Dangerous Minds”, the game can be found on a desk in the basement of the Memory Den.
Without a doubt, many fans cracked a smile once they heard that Zeta Invaders was a mini-game in Fallout 4, as it was an obvious homage to the definitive alien spaceship arcade shooter Space Invaders. As if it needed to be explained, players will pilot a jet to rack up points by blasting wave after wave of ever-advancing extraterrestrials in the sky.
Once gamers have access to the robotic detective and potential companion Nick Valentine’s office in Diamond City, the Holotape can be found in the back corner of the room resting on a desk. It’s also important to note that while this particular issue can be collected more than once, multiple copies of Zeta Invaders won’t be rewarded.
Bethesda‘s inclusion of the Holotape Games in Fallout 4, certainly proves that the studio’s gone above and beyond to make sure that its title is jam-packed with content. Taking that into consideration, it’s no wonder the company announced that the post-apocalyptic RPG had double the assets of Skyrim prior to launch.
Even so, some fans may not entirely enjoy the throwback mini-games like Red Menace and Grognak the Barbarian. In that case, Bethesda’s provided plenty of other ancillary materials outside of the base game for folks to check out, such as the Fallout Shelter mobile release, which is a community building simulator allowing players to become Overseers of their own Vaults.
Nevertheless, with so much meticulous craftsmanship and quirky fun to be found in Fallout 4, the exceptionally positive reviews are definitely warranted. It’s important for developers to not only offer fans solid gameplay with the main portions of a title, but also surprises such as the Holotape mini-games along the way.
What do you think about all of the Holotape Games collectible within Fallout 4? Have you nabbed each and every one of them? Let us know in the comments section.
Fallout 4 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.