Linkin Park to Release Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad App
Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:38:04
Linkin Park will release Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion, a game app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The trailer for the game can be peeped here: http://linkinpark.com/video/linkin-park-8bit-rebellion. For more information, like screen shots and an overview, click here http://www.botme.com/ref/linkinpark.
The band and the game developers had the singular aim to create a heightened app experience for music fans and gamers alike. They didn't mention anything about furthering your chances of contracting a raging case of carpal tunnel syndrome, though! The result of the band and the developer Artificial Life's efforts is the first-ever, massively multi-player app to be designed around a music artist. The band appears as characters in the game and was intimately involved –so they snuggled up to the developers? We kid!- in every aspect of the game, from storylines, to gameplay, character design and music. Ups to Linkin Park for rolling up the sleeves and getting the hands dirty when creating this app and not leaving its fate up to a team of businessmen and software nerds!
"The collaborative process with Artificial Life was exceptional," says Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda, who worked with the game company to design the characters and score the game. "They were able to turn my sketches and our creative ideas into a living, breathing world that we think gamers will thoroughly enjoy. This game is not just made for Linkin Park fans--anyone will be able to play and enjoy 8-Bit Rebellion. My bandmates and I grew up playing games like 'Metroid,' 'Donkey Kong,' 'Zelda,' 'Space Invaders,' 'Mega Man' and 'Rygar.' We wanted this game to have the feel of a vintage game, and a big part of it was the music."
This game, unlike other apps, plays out like a full-on action-adventure experience. Players must free Linkin Park’s idyllic 8-bit world from the clutches of the evil PixxelKorp, whose corrupt agents have stolen the band’s music. As members of the rebellion, players will take on missions that lead them through several unique districts in the game—each district is themed after a different band member. During their missions they will fight off the PixxelKorp forces, hunt down the lost tracks and save the band from pending disaster to become an 8-bit hero! Among its many highlights, the app features "Blackbirds,”" an exclusive Linkin Park song that’s unlocked upon completion of the game. This is the first time an artist has released a brand-new song through a mobile game app.
As if that were not enough digital Linkin Park pleasure, the game also features original and 8-bit interpretations of some of Linkin Park's greatest hits, including "New Divide," "One Step Closer," "In The End," and "Crawling," to name a few. The game also includes original artwork by the band.
But wait! There's more than just creating avatars from hundreds of possible combinations, too! The online community features IM chats, in-app messaging, message boards, ranking other players and sending gifts. The game also has an offline mode in which players can still complete missions and buy new items in stores. This allows users without a stable internet connection to play the game wherever they are. Once back online, they can sync their scores, items and game progress onto the server and continue with the game. Whew! Nerds rejoice. This game is the real deal!