Linkin Park joins the ranks of REO Speedwagon’s “Find Your Own Way Home” and Aerosmith’s “Revolution X” with their upcoming iPhone release “Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion.” Judging from the trailer, I don’t see too much visually that’s demonstrably 8-bit per se, but if you’ve been looking for “the only iPhone app game that turns Linkin Park’s world into your gaming reality” as you “do your part to help some stop Pixxelkorp’s evil HD empire from taking over Linkin Park’s old school 8-bit world,” this game will be for you. The new title from Artificial Life also contains an exclusive track called “Blackbirds,” which should sweeten the deal for fans.
“The collaborative process with Artificial Life was exceptional,” Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda said in a press release. “They were able to turn my sketches and our creative ideas into a living, breathing world that we think gamers will thoroughly enjoy.”
According to the trailer, the 8-bit thing comes into play musically, because the game “features original and 8-bit versions of some of their greatest hits.” It also references the band’s gaming roots, which include a lot of standards, according to Shinoda.
“My bandmates and I grew up playing games like ’Metroid,’ ’Donkey Kong,’ ’Zelda,’ ’Space Invaders,’ ’Mega Man’ and ’Rygar,'” he said. “We wanted this game to have the feel of a vintage game, and a big part of it was the music.”
I don’t know how this rebellion will stack up against “Revolution X,” but the payload it comes with ought to get the attention of Linkin Park listeners. I guess we’ll find out when it lands in the App Store.
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