Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion!

Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion! is a game from , originally released 31st December, 1969

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So far, most music-based games have been licensing deals and based entirely on tapping out rhythms, like in Rock Band or Tap Tap Revolution. We haven’t really seen an iPhone game where the band was creatively involved, and that’s what makes Linkin Park’s upcoming iPhone game seem so unique.

The band has actually inserted themselves into this game, and you’ll encounter squat 8-bit versions of them while on the 10-hour, RPG-like quest. The story of 8-Bit Rebellion is about an evil corporation called Pixxelkorp, which has stolen Linkin Park’s music in an apparent effort to stifle dissent.

Your character, which you can customize down to the hairdo and clothes, is tasked with completing missions like tearing down wanted posters of the band members or locating and colluding with other important revolutionaries in the virtual city.

Once you’ve customized your avatar, you can roam the streets of Linkin Park’s city by selecting a district, such as a Vegas-like casino strip or a sunny wharf. Pixxelkorp goons will try to harass you, but you can whack them with your weapons by touching the middle of the screen. The movement controls were a little unusual, though. Instead of a virtual joystick, you have to touch the outside edges of the screen to move.

The level of customization and online features were, for us, the most surprising thing about this game. We didn’t expect a licensed band game to have its own friends list and a virtual apartment you can decorate and invite your friends to visit. The game will connect with Twitter and Facebook, in addition to the Linkin Park website forums.

8-Bit Rebellion also includes unlockable tracks and videos of Linkin Park songs. Using in-game currency, you can unlock 8-bit or actual versions of some hits as well, although all of these tracks seem to be short snippets instead of the entire song (available for download through a handy iTunes link). If you’re really into Linkin Park, you’ll appreciate the chance to unlock a clip of their new single, Blackbirds, by completing the game.

The action isn’t much to get excited about, but the interesting virtual world in the game will likely please any adventure or role-playing gamer. Even if you’re not a big fan of Linkin Park’s music, you can just put on your own soundtrack and explore the retro-styled environments. 8-Bit Rebellion will be out later tonight, so we’ll have more impressions for you soon.

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Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion Review

Linkin Park hit it big at the turn of the millennium with the album Hybrid Theory, which gave voice to the fears and bottled aggression of suburban teens worldwide. Looking back at this band 10 years later, we’re left with many questions, like why did that rapper keep interrupting their songs? And what were those teenage fans so mad about, anyway? Naturally, we turn our attention to their new iPhone game for answers.

Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion is a mix between an RPG and a 2D beat-’em-up. You play as an aspiring rebel in a world overtaken by a nefarious corporation called Pixxelkorp. For some reason the band Linkin Park heads up the resistance movement, so it’s from them that you receive your missions to aid the rebellion.

8-Bit Rebellion, starring your Facebook profile picture.

The missions are disappointing. They’re boilerplate affairs, often based on things like running around the handful of game areas and defacing X number of propaganda posters. Along the way you’ll also locate sections of a new, exclusive-to-this-game Linkin Park song called “Blackbird,” which you’ll be able to listen to upon beating the game. Depending on your musical tastes, this will either be a great reward for your efforts or a terrible punishment.

Eight recognizable Linkin Park songs make up the game’s soundtrack, but they’ve been converted into bloopy-bleepy 8-bit chiptunes. You can switch over to the originals at any time in the menu, or you can tap into your iTunes music to make your own playlist.

Aside from running missions, the other thing you’ll do plenty of is fighting. As you run around through the game’s six environments, you’ll be assaulted by Pixxelkorp officers, dogs, and the occasional maniac. Taking them down is no problem– just keep tapping the attack button, and they’ll die. Since they don’t attack very often and your health regenerates automatically, the game is extremely easy. Too easy, in fact. The biggest challenge is remembering where you can find the characters you need to locate. We should also note that we greatly preferred the touch-button control set-up to the default one. You can switch to it in the options menu at any time.

As exciting as it gets.

If you’re playing with an Internet connection, you’ll always see other players walking around in the background, distinguishable from NPCs by the screen names floating above their heads. You can friend, poke, chat, and exchange gifts with anyone you want. You can also post messages to large chatroom-like billboards in the backgrounds of the environments. In other words, if you want to make the game social by interacting with other players, you can. We like how the social element is there if you want to take advantage of it, but not necessary in order to complete the game. Overall, it’s very well implemented.

Even less essential than the social aspect are the in-game stores, where you can spend money you’ve earned by killing bad guys. In the stores you can purchase new hair styles, outfits, and furnishings for your home. All well and good, but you can’t buy new weapons or anything that has an effect on the actual gameplay. We ended up mostly ignoring the shops as a result, which is too bad, because you rack up plenty of coins if you kill every enemy you come across.

So, yes, Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion has its moments. But because the missions rely too much on fetching things, and the fighting is a button-mashing snoozefest, we just can’t recommend it to anyone but die-hard Linkin Park fans who simply must hear their latest song. For everyone else, it’ll probably just push you one step closer to the edge. And let’s face it: no one wants to break.