Outside references are deliberately inserted references to Lost from TV shows, movies, and other outside sources.

For cultural allusions in Lost, see Portal:Culture.

Alan Wake

  • Lost has been confirmed by lead writer Sam Lake to be a source of inspiration for Alan Wake as "a very good showcase of thriller pacing done right within a TV-series context".[1]
  • The supernatural threat in the game is darkness which sometimes manifests itself as a massive black storm cloud ripping down trees. This is very similar to the appearance and aggressive nature of the Monster.
  • The primary theme of Alan Wake is light vs. dark, a prevalent theme within Lost.

Assassin's Creed : Black Flag

  • There is a character in the game named Desmond Miles, which may be a reference to the characters Desmond Hume and Miles Straume by combining both their first names.
    • Desmond Miles is actually the main character for the first five games in the Assassin's Creed series (Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Assassin's Creed III), the first of which was released in November 2007. The character of Miles Straume wasn't introduced until 2008.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts

  • A jinjo in the LOGBOX 720 world says that his name is Hurley and that he's "lost on the island". He also says "dude" frequently and tells Banjo to hurry up because it's lunchtime soon.

Batman: Arkham City

Joker mentions a TV show that people have followed for years, through all the twists and turns and coincidences, that ends in a church, referring to Lost. Later, an unnamed enemy in one of the game's random conversations asks, "Did they ever explain what the island was?"[2] The game's head writer was Paul Dini, who wrote "The Moth".

Cal Ripken's Real Baseball

An advertisement for Oceanic Airlines in the game Cal Ripken's Real Baseball

Call of Duty: World at War

  • The numbers can be heard by the power generator on the Nazi Zombie map Verrückt. A voice counts down the numbers, and then the sound of the numbers flipping back to 108 (on the countdown clock in The Swan) can be heard.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

  • On the multiplayer map Village in the far-east corner, there is a partially revealed Hatch that has the Numbers engraved on the hatch door.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

  • The numbers appear in the loading screen of the Die Maschine zombies map, on Samantha Maxis' ID.

Champions Online

  • There is a chain of quests involving a crashed plane in the Canada zone. One quest involves finding passenger "J.J. Shepherd" (a reference to J.J. Abrams and Jack Shepherd). Another quest involves finding passengers "John" (Locke) and "Furley" (Hurley).

Chaos on Deponia

  • In the point-and-click adventure Chaos on Deponia the protagonists has to find current weeks lottery numbers in a star constellation which reads 4 8 15 16 23 42


  • In the reverse horror game, Carrion, when breaching the Bunker level, players will receive the 4 8 15 16 23 42 Achievement.

Dead Island

  • During the mission when you're clearing the Life Guard Tower of Zombies, a man on a speaker will call out for help. During this, he mentions Oceanic Airlines.

Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed

  • While exploring Fantasy Atoll (a send-up of Fantasy Island) , the player's character, Crypto, encounters a group of characters who are living out a fantasy of being part of the Lost TV experience. If you listen carefully, some of these characters can be heard talking about numbers and a hatch. In addition, the automated boat tour (accessed from docks around the Atoll) will talk about the characters attempting to open a hatch to save the world, and multiple hatches closely resembling the Swan can be found on their island.

Diablo III

In the Stinging Winds (Act II), there is a broken down ship in the middle of the desert. If you're lucky enough to find it, you'll also encounter a very short event that will give you one of 6 special pages:

  • The Black Rock Ledger, page 4

Damn, I always thought that being a first mate would be more exciting. I guess I shouldn't expect much from a mining expedition. Ever since we set off from Kingsport, all I've done is sit out on deck and watch the deckhands argue.

  • The Black Rock Ledger, page 8

Haven't been able to get much sleep these past few days. Apparently my sea legs aren't as sturdy as I thought they'd be. I've vomited more times than I can count, and every time Captain Hanso offers me some ale, I have to come up with some excuse to decline.

  • The Black Rock Ledger, page 15

After three straight days of this storm, I'm almost convinced that this ship has some sort of curse on it. Each week brings some new trouble that I have to deal with. I'm not sure what will give out first, the ship... or me.

  • The Black Rock Ledger, page 16

Reyes tells me that it was some colossal wave that did the ship in. I was down below when it all happened. Several of us survived the wreck. The rest of them have gone off to try and figure out where the hell we are, as if any of that matters.

  • The Black Rock Ledger, page 23

Madness, complete bloody madness. The captain has disappeared into the desert somewhere, and the rest of the survivors are convinced there's some sort of monster after us. I'm starting to think the crewmen that died in the wreck got the easy way out, lucky bastards.

  • The Black Rock Ledger, page 42

All the rest of them are dead now... I'm the only one left. Strange deformed creatures attacked the wreck, where most of us were sleeping. I managed to get away safely... but I don't imagine it will be that way for long. I can hear them... giggling in the shadows, like this is some kind of game. -First Mate McMahon

Notice the page numbers are a reference to The Numbers

The game also includes a skill that summons a group of spiders. Once enhancement for the skill is called "Medusa spiders" and summons "paralyzing spiders."[3]

Duke Nukem Forever

  • During a chapter in a level where the player is in a casino, there are multiple roulette tables and signs with highlighted numbers: "4 8 15 16 23 42".[4]

Endless Summer

Jake from Endless Summer bears a resemblance to Sawyer

(One of the games in the mobile visual novel collection known as "Choices: Stories You Play")

Although it never refers to Lost by name, Endless Summer seems to be heavily inspired by the show. Both have a very similar premise; Endless Summer revolves around a group of college students landing on an island for a one week tropical vacation, only to discover that this is no ordinary island. Additionally, one of the main characters in the book, Jake, bears a slight resemblance to Sawyer, and also tends to give nicknames to the others.

Fallout 3

  • In Megaton, players meet a young girl who tells you the combination to a secret safe is 15, 16, 23, 42 (a reference to the numbers).
  • In the Point Lookout expansion, players meet the ghoul Desmond that mentions use of a fail-safe in case his house is overtaken.

Fallout: New Vegas

  • If you listen to the NCR Emergency Radio during the final battle at the Hoover Dam, there are three broadcasts that play sporadically that say "Unit 4 reinforce Unit 8!" "Unit 15 reinforce Unit 16 at defense point Sigma Delta!" and "Unit 23 await reinforcement from Unit 42!"

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

  • In the final mission of this video game expansion, a siren is heard which is the same sound effect as the countdown timer's alarm.
    • The name of this mission is "Get Lost".

Half-Life 2

In the first person shooter Half Life 2, a book labeled "Lost Books" uses the Lost logo.



The Numbers

The expansion Episode Two contains two known Lost easter eggs:[5]

  • There is a DHARMA-like logo with three white trees hidden on a wall. This is referring to the "White Forest Station" where the player is headed.
  • There is a CRT monitor displaying the Numbers in a blocked hidden room in the second level. Switching on the designers comment at this place, you are told that the producers at Valve promised the directors from Lost to put it there after there had been references to Half-Life in Lost.

Just Cause 2

There is an Island on the far north west of the map that is only accessible via plane or boat, being the only place in the game that you can't access via fast transportation. This Island is featured in one of the many missions of the game, in which it is mentioned to be a very weird island where strange things happen. During the mission you have to deactivate an electrical device that protects the island and defeat a japanese army.

The Hatch, as seen in Just Cause 2.

  • Other than the mission itself, the island features other references to Lost, including:
    • The automatic destruction of your plane when flying over, so you end up crashing there.
    • A parody of the Smoke Monster/Man in Black, whom cannot be killed with bullets.
    • Plane Wreckage on the beach and wooden text saying "Search", resembling Bernard's S.O.S.
    • The Hatch.
    • On the mission, in which you fly to the island on a plane, the plane you use shares very similar features to the beach craft.
    • Electrical Pylons, stations and noises that resemble the sonar fences and electromagnetism.
    • Once the mission has been completed, the island cannot be reached again.

Metal Gear Solid: 4 Guns of the Patriots (video game)

  • The channels during TV sequence at the beginning of the game are 15, 16, 23, 42, and 48.


  • One of the random quotes on screen at startup is "4815162342 lines of code!"
  • On a minecraft poster, the numbers are shown in the inventory slots.

    Look near the bottom.


  • During one of the first missions, the player is required to enter a bandit hideout to retrieve parts to build a buggy. The hideout, named the Wasted Garage, has a reference to the Numbers in the stage. Around the corner from the bottom of the second-lowest floor is a green "Mile" sign next to a speed limit sign on the floor. The green sign contains every one of the Numbers, with both 2's being written in red.

Saints Row: The Third. Gangstas in space DLC (video game)

  • On the back stage of the sets in the mission "Hangar 18 1/2" is a airplane crash scene recalling the Lost beach, there is also a little hatch entrance.

Hatch entrance.

A The Airplane Crash backstage.

Sam and Max: Moai Better Blues (video game)

  • In the old cavern on Easter Island, the Swan entrance is half buried in the sand, with the numbers carved into the hatch door. Next to the hatch, there is a plane wreck. Examining the Hatch causes Sam to use a bunch of synonyms for "lost", then says he does not want to wait years to find out what it all means. Examining it again causes Sam to tell Max to stay on the lookout for polar bears.

Murder Files: the Enigma Express

  • Successfully completing a border checkpoint will result in players receiving a passport stamp showing the numbers.
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The Simpsons Game

  • Lenny states whilst in peril that he'll never find out what happens with Charlie and Claire on Lost.
    • Also, football player enemies say "4! 8! 15! 16! 23! 42! Hike!" upon attacking.

Secret Agent Clank

  • After completing the laser QTE minigame during the first planet of the game, the player is lead to a cutscene. Clank notices a strip of paper with an 'ancient proverb' and the numbers, which he mistakes for co-ordinates to the next planet. Ms. Bot dismisses them as just 'lucky numbers' and gives him the real co-ordinates.

Singularity (video game)

  • In the old shipping yard, the numbers are written on huge crates of cargo, only backwards (42, 23, 16, 15, 8, 4).
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  • After you get the final upgrade for your TMD there is a hidden passage behind the upgrade device. If you follow it down there is a huge stockpile of upgrades, and a wheel similar to the frozen wheel in Lost. Getting close enough to the wheel unlocks the achievement "That Wheel?: Found the wheel. Will they ever explain this?"


  • On the main loading screen, it shows in the bottom-right corner "4M815.16".

Spider-Man: Friend or Foe

  • At the beginning of the second level of the game, known as Tangaroa Island, you find out that it is a mystical, mostly unexplored, Island just off the east coast of Australia, at latitude 4.815 and longitude 162.342.

Starcraft 2

  • In the game's Staredit map editor, the Hatch can be placed as a map doodad. It is titled "Space Platform Hatch Large".
  • In the center of the Multiplayer map "Terminus RE", The Numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 appear on the ground.

Submachine series

  • In Submachine Network Exploration Experience, when the player use the coordinates "815" in the portal is teleported to "The Lost Plane Room", that consists in four sections inside an overly simplistic plane. In the left from the portal there's a plaque that reads a sequence of the numbers 4 8 15 16 23 42.

Super Kiwi Castle Run

The Numbers in Super Kiwi Castle Run on iOS

The Terminal

  • There are lots of references including the Lost Hatch (which can be activated when standing over it for 30 seconds) and the Dharma Van. The game timer resembles the hatch counter.

Welcome To Hanwell

In the horror game Welcome to Hanwell, The Hatch can be found in the woods in the town of Hanwell. It is also used as a location to gain extra abilities after finding all of a certain collectable.

The Hatch - Welcome to Hanwell

The Wolf Among Us

World of Warcraft - Wrath of the Lich King (video game)

The Numbers found on the Hatch in World of Warcraft'

  • In the 2008 expansion of World of Warcraft, Wrath of the Lich King, a small island in the in-game zone 'Sholazar Basin' bears a hatch referencing the Swan Hatch. Upon mousing over the hatch, the sequence of numbers "5, 9, 16, 17, 24, 43" appears. This sequence is simply The Numbers with 1 added to each value.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (video game)

The Hatch found in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"

  • After the third checkpoint in the first level, the Swan Hatch can be seen on the ground in a secret area behind a breakable wall. A beam of light is shining up through the hatch window. When approached, the player is rewarded with the "Found!" achievement/trophy, for "finding a mysterious hatch."