Red Hot Chili Peppers is a well-known rock band of the United States, created in 1983. Up until today, Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of the best-selling bands, having claimed to have sold over 100 million copies. The band has been nominated for many awards and has won 6 Grammy Awards. On June 8, 1999, Red Hot Chili Peppers released a song called ‘Californication’.
The song was produced by Rick Robin and released on Warner Bros, Record. It sold over 6 million copies in the US, over 4 million in Europe, and 15 million worldwide. This song is very video game-like, and many people took it as a DC game, but unfortunately, it was just a song. Until recently, that was the case, but a user named Miquel reimagined ‘Californication’ as a playable video game and uploaded it onto Itch.io.
The game-like song starts off with a loading screen and then shows the city, along with the Californication logo at the end. Then it moves on to a character selection screen. It shows Anthony, Chad, Flea, and John as selectable characters with different stats for every one of them.
The game kicks off with John running and going past people blocking his way. After that, the song shows a skating scene on the ice. There is health, time, and numbers of the character’s position on the screen. The health is lowered when the character bumps into the train while skating.
Afterwards, the song cycles through many themes: underwater, jungle, train track, highway, city, space, and the bridge. The song’s main theme is the character running away from the danger and saving himself, with different gameplay mechanics. But the question is, does the game created by Miquel feature everything from the song or not?
Californication offers seven different stages and all four characters to play the game with. The objectives of all the stages are pretty much different and experiment with different gameplay mechanics. You collect the red star-like thing in all the stages, and the game is pretty decent and nostalgic. Currently, you can download the game for Windows and macOS, and try it out for yourself.
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