In an interesting convergence of rock-and-roll culture, video games, and iPhone mainstream penetration, award-winning rock band Linkin Park has actually partnered with developer Artificial Life to create its own game for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. LINKIN PARK 8-BIT REBELLION! is not a simple rhythm game but is actually an action-adventure title in which “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.”

The band was “intimately involved” in all aspects of the game’s design, including story, gameplay, characters and music. The game also features 8-bit old-school video game interpretations of some of Linkin Park’s greatest hits, including New Divide, One Step Closer, In The End, Crawling, QWERTY, Hands Held High, Faint, and No More Sorrow.

“It was a unique experience to work with Linkin Park to create one of the most innovative mobile gaming experiences to date,” says Artificial Life CEO, Eberhard Schoneburg. “Our close co-operation with the band has led to a cool and fun game play, a great design and a groundbreaking app that pushes the limits of the iPhone gaming experience and sets new standards for music based games. Throughout production the band worked closely with our designers intimately contributing to the creative process for character designs, in-game artwork, mission structure and, of course, the music in the game! 8-Bit Rebellion helps fans get closer to the band by drawing them into the virtual world that they have helped to create as well as providing their global fan base with an exciting community experience. It’s a must for all Linkin Park fans.”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.”