This page contains a list of Shout Outs within Jets'n'Guns, the Horizontal Scrolling Shooter developed by RakeinGrass. This list has been further divided into two sub-lists: one for the shout outs found in both the original Jets'n'Guns and the Gold Edition, and another containing the shout outs exclusive to the Gold Edition.
Most of these references are taken from a thread on the RiG forums, and will contain spoilers.
Original and Gold
The number 666 can be found across many levels in the game (Interspace 666, Erebus-666, 13 666, etc.), and they are all references to the number of the beast.
The Abacus-I Artificial Asteroid, where the Oppenheimer XP Supercomputer Core is located, contains numerous references to The Matrix. The name of the supercomputer itself is a reference to Robert Oppenheimer, the so-called "father of the Atomic Bomb", as well as the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. In the aftermath of forcing the supercomputer to transfer data containing the location of the quantum cannon to your ship, you are confronted by several Space Invaders-esque ships.
The Atarix is a shout out to the old Atari consoles.
A member of the RiG forums once inferred that the Banzai Titanium Rammer could last for ten thousand years due to its name. In Japanese, "banzai" means "ten thousand years".
The name of the Belzebub Mortar is taken from the demon Beelzebub.
The Black Friday missile is a reference to the 1929 Wall Street Crash.
In the first mission, you are assigned to take out several colonies belonging to the Chemical Brothers. The Chemical Brothers is a reference to a British band of the same name.
Falcor from The Neverending Story can be seen flying in the space debris after the cannon destroys the universe. The music playing during this scene also seems to take cues from the main theme of the same film.
The FeX labs contain a "Universe Boot-Up Disk" by Microsoft. This is a shout out to legacy versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system, where a recovery disk, usually in the form of a 3.5-inch floppy, could be used to start up the entire operating system. Microsoft called it a "Windows Start-Up Disk".
The name "FeX" is also a reference to the U.S. Federal Bank.
The Kaiser Franz 650 is most probably named after the Doppelkaiser Francis/Franz who, as Francis II, was the last Holy Roman Emperor and, as Francis I, was the first Kaiser of the Austrian Empire.
Heavy Mental, once destroyed, changes into Heavy Metal. A reference to the music genre.
J.C. Superstar, in full, stands for "Jesus Christ Superstar", which is a reference to a rock opera and musical of the same name.
The rear-end of Klaxxon's train is engraved with the phrase "Last Train to Traincentral", which was inspired from a similar slogan by the KLF.
The name "La Fontaine" is a direct reference to both the famous French poet Jean de La Fontaine and the French word for "fountain".
Nem-O-Matic, a submarine enemy, is a reference to Captain Nemo from Jules Verne's novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
The Pink Panther machine gun is a reference to the comedy films by the same name.
The Skywalker Hypergun is a Star Wars reference, and the name of its creator, Lucascorp, is a George Lucas and Lucasfilm reference.
The S.T.Y.X. is a reference to the mythological river between Earth and Hades.
The United Space Hero Force, and its abbreviation, U.S.H.F., are almost certainly a play on the United States Air Force (U.S.A.F.).
Some members of the RakeinGrass forum have noted that the USS Impotence looks a bit like a ... well, you know. Even its name is an obvious reference.
The T in TMiG-226 stands for Japanese car manufacturer Toyota, while the MiG bit is a reference to the MiG line of Soviet fighter craft. RiG actually asked Toyota if they could use Toyota's full name, but they declined.
The promotional image on the Zion Generator's purchase screen features the slogan "Zion Inside", a reference to the "Intel Inside" slogan that Intel used in the 1990s in many commercials featuring their processors. RiG has, however, denied that the "The Final Solution" bit is a reference to the Holocaust.
The dog city, Zogrim, is awash with numerous references. The Z.W.A.T. blimps are S.W.A.T. shout outs, "Zog-Zog Cola" is a Coca-Cola reference, the pirate Casanova is a reference to a real-life womaniser, and "Zogrim Inside" is yet another reference to the Intel commercials.
Exclusive to Gold
The Airworm is a direct reference to the eponymous vehicle in Airwolf.
Yet another shout out to "Intel Inside" is seen on the promo image of the TMiG-310 Atomic Emu. This time it's "Mad Emu Inside".
The name "Andy Workahol", as well as the art he made popular, "Prog-art", is an obvious shout out to Andy Warhol and pop art. This may also be reference to "Programmer Art," placeholder artwork drawn by a programmer that is notorious for being low in quality.
The Atarix has a small game called Tetrix. It plays just like Tetris.
The purchase screen for the Coffinator 5000B has a face at the bottom-right hand corner of the promotional image, which is a reference to Ozzy Osbourne.
The Carnage TV Fun Centre contains many advertisements containing references, notable ones being one for Absolute Recall (the 1990 film Total Recall (1990), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger), Smell (the gas company Shell), Don't Drink Dope ("Don't Drink and Drive" campaigns), Holes - Making Your Machine Open Source! (Microsoft Windows), IDDQD Tools (Doom) and Binux - We're Gonna Pay to Make You Use It (Linux).
The Crocker Cr-2 is a shout out to the Fokker Dr.I triplane that the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, scored his final twenty kills in World War I, and in which he was shot down.
The Cy-Beria Heat Sinker is a reference to real-world Siberia.
The Einhoff Beer empire contains two notable references. Firstly, most of the empire's vessels are shout outs to the Borg in Star Trek, as well as the first thing you hear from the Beer Cube at the start of the first Einhoff level: We are Beer! You will be intoxicated! Resistance is futile! Secondly, the empire's name "Einhoff" pays homage to a game called The Last Eichoff, a vertical DOS shooter where the player, their guns and all the enemies involved beer in some way.
The Erebus-666 minefield contains several kinds of "bombs" in addition to the numerous floating mines that give the area its name. A-Bombs, cherry bombs, dynamite bombs, sex bombs ... you get the idea.
The golden spheres you collect to enter secret levels are very similar to those found in Tyrian.
The first ship you start out with is called the Grooman G-3 Goblin. Grooman is a Northrop Grumman reference.
The Hydra Machine Gun is a reference, both in name and appearance, to Lernaen Hydra, a many-headed serpent in Greek mythology.
The card game "Jets'n'Guns: The Torturing" is a reference to the Magic: The Gathering card game.
Justin Perfect is a reference to Richard Gere in appearance and Justin Timberlake in name.
The Lame SSMDI Mk. I and Galactic Hitchhiker are references to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Lazy Romeo is a reference to the Tamagotchi.
The L.E.D. Zeppelin is a reference to Led Zeppelin in name, and to the Zeppelin line of rigid airships in appearance.
The Marvelous Superhero Generator 5000 shoots superhero clones that strongly resemble Superman.
Mr. Loverman, an Elite Mook in some levels, is a reference to Jamaican recording artist Shabba Ranks and his signature song, Mr. Loverman.
The Necrofilicon is mainly a reference to the Necronomicon, with a subtle reference to necrophilia. Even its selling price of 13 666 credits is a reference to an unlucky number and the number of the beast.
Once hacked with the RemCon, the radio tower on the planet Plop tunes in to a channel called Radio GAGA, which plays an infinite loop of a segment of We Will Rock You. Both the name of the radio station and the music it plays are references to Queen.