Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion In Review – Purposefully pixelated side scrolling action!

Having been a “gamer” for over 20 years now, I’ve watched graphics and quality improve year after year. As great as it is to see how much has changed over the years, I’m still a sucker for that classic pixelated low resolution design. Recently, I was lucky enough to be given the chance to review the latest offerings from Artificial Life, Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion. A title that takes us back to the good old days of side-scrolling action games before all the CGI, 3D, L-M-N-O-P… Read on to see if 8-Bit got the job done or just came out all pixelated.

I expected to see nothing but 8-bit pixelated images everywhere. Even though I would have found it amusing, it definitely would have affected game play. Instead, there is a really pleasant mix of nice smooth polished graphics as well as some more basic “old school” style images and characters. On top of that, A.I. have made all the in-game music old school midi style versions of actual Linkin Park songs.

You start off the game by creating a player that you can customise to your liking. As you play more you can unlock and/or purchase additional items to outfit your player with but you still get a good amount to start off. You also get to customise your own home/room with various items that you can earn/buy in game using the money you receive from completing various missions and tasks. In a digital world I found it oddly refreshing to not have the most perfect graphics everywhere. The blend that they opted for really works well and helps immerse you into A.I.’s artificial world.

Game play is really simple and straight forward. If you’ve ever played any of the old arcade style side scrolling action games you’ll find yourself at home. Moving is as simple as pressing on either side of the screen and to shoot/attack you just tap the centre.

There is a pretty big “social” aspect to this game as well. During play you’ll notice various other “players” and can interact with them all (e.g. chat, friend, gift,etc). Although you are all working on completing the same task(s) you are doing so independently, so someone else isn’t going to be able to mess your game up by completing something. There are also giant bulletin boards in each map location where you can leave messages that the general public can see. A fun little feature that just pushes the whole social aspect of gaming even further.

You also have to deal with a control panel in game. You access it by tapping the little tab in the top left. There you will be able to access all your social network integration (including twitter and facebook), view media (e.g. game emails, missions, etc) and move from area to area via the map.

Now the main point of the game is to help the guys from Linkin Park recover the pieces of their newest track. They were stolen by an evil corporation who is hell bent on controlling and brain washing everyone. You have to complete various missions as well as help other characters in the game to accomplish this. In the end, if you are successful, you get to see the video for the one of their newest songs.

I felt that the premise of the game was really interesting and got right into it. My only complaint is that it didn’t take a very long time to complete the actual game. I think maybe adjusting difficulty or adding more mandatory missions could stretch the game out longer and allow people to enjoy it for even longer.

In the games defence, there are “achievements” that you can work on completing both during and after you have completed the main objective. Doing so helps earn you more money that can be spent on items for your player and home.

Now after you have finished the game, there are side missions you can complete that will earn you cash and upgrade points. These can then be used to change your character or upgrade your personal space. They also mention that there could be new missions or updates in the future that I am assuming will expand the game and involve more game play.

Overall I would definitely recommend this title to anyone who is a fan of side scrolling games. It may not be the most complex title out there but it is definitely a solidly built and extremely enjoyable game.

App Summary
Title: Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion! Developer: Artificial Life, Inc.
Reviewed Ver: 1.2.0 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $4.99 App Size: 145 MB
  • Great design/game concept
  • Easy to pick up/learn
  • Old school style of game play
  • Heavy social integration
  • Game ends a little too soon


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