Linkin Park's Video Game Doesn't Look Nearly As Bad As It Should

Grammy-winning rock band Linkin Park have teamed up with mobile game developers Artificial Life to create Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion, an iPhone game that looks like it could actually be highly entertaining.

The evil PixxelKorp has stolen Linkin Park's music, and it's up to you and your friends to get it back, preserving the sanctity of the 8-bit world in the process. Following in the footsteps of bands like Journey and Aerosmith, Linkin Park's game isn't a rhythm music title, but an action-adventure, complete with community features like friends lists, IM chaps, in-app messaging and your own personal space to decorate with items you unlock by playing the game.

Items including "Blackbirds", a never-before-released track from the band, debuting for the first time in this iPhone application. It's crazy.

"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."

Speaking of music, the game is littered with Linkin Park tunes in both their original and 8-bit forms, with "One Step Closer", "Crawling", "No More Sorrow" and many more.

While I'm not what anyone would call a Linkin Park fan, I have to admit, this app looks quite compelling. With so many features, retro style and 8-bit musical reinterpretations of the band's greatest hits, Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion looks like it'll be far more than a two-bit marketing tie-in. There's classic gaming love here, and it shows.

Look for the game "soon".


    Things like these make me wish I had an iPhone...

    Strikes me as something that might have been a little more successful a decade ago. I mean was anyone even aware that Linkin Park were still around?

    Great example of an Advergame. As someone who works in the industry, I can tell you this would have taken AGES to develop. Good on Linkin Park for going in a new direction!

      yes, it takes about 1 year to develop. we did it already: released in January

    wow this looks exactly like shinobi ninjas game. it really would be cool if big bands like this didnt have to steal ideas from smaller groups to stay successful

    .......damn if I had an Iphone I would so get this game.


    it looks a bit different to shinobi ninja attacks IMO, and im pretty sure that LP is a fairly moral band and wouldn't go stealing anyone's content if they knew about it.
    i need an iphone :(

    This game will only be good if it is at all conscious of the irony in Linkin Park battling generic evil corporation.

    ok, this game is a rip off of our idea and game. We released this in Jan

    they are not the first band to do this, we are. This game doesn't come from the minds of Linkin Park, it comes from the sweat and ingenuity of Shinobi Ninja.

    This is on some elvis rips the blues and calls it his sort of shit.

    Thank you Linkin Park for being as unoriginal as you have ever been. Keep complaining that your record company screwed your release, and keep copping other peoples ideas and attributing it to yourself.

    former fan,

    Dave Machinist
    Drummer - Shinobi Ninja

      I thought I was going to be confounded by game similarities but now I just don't know whos music I hate the most.
      I'll need to go away and meditate on this one.

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