There's been a number of games released on the App Store featuring mainstream music acts such as Lady Gaga, Metallica and Coldplay. So it didn't really come as much of a surprise to see Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion arrive over the weekend. What does come as a surprise however is that this isn't rhythm-based like most other music games, but rather a side-scrolling beat-em-up of sorts with a heavy focus on social networking. It sounds strange, and it kind of is, but it's also quite refreshing to see something other than the expected. The result ends up being more of an interesting experience, rather than a solid game.

The story has you helping each of the six members of Linkin Park to find their stolen music track. Once all tracks have been found, they complete an exclusive new Linkin Park song which will save the world… or something like that. You'll travel through the seven different locations in the game talking to different characters for clues and performing menial tasks that eventually lead you to each track. The gameplay is a bit shallow and repetitious, and incredibly easy. Battling enemies is done by merely mashing an action button, but there are some pretty cool weapon upgrades to help spice it up a little.

During play you'll collect coins from defeated enemies which can be spent in the shops spread throughout the seven game settings. You can buy gear for your avatar or furniture and decorations for your apartment. There's a heavy focus on this collection and customization aspect, and there's lots of different items for you to buy in the game. 8 Bit Rebellion does a great job of providing fan service with this, and the real life artwork and posters of Linkin Park albums can be adorned on your apartment walls. Even better are the music tracks in the game, which are familiar Linkin Park songs that have been given the 8-bit treatment. I'm not the biggest fan of Linkin Park, but I couldn't help but enjoy the retro versions of their songs. There's eight songs in total, and during the game you'll unlock all the original versions of them as well so you can compare them to the 8-bit remakes.

What really shines about this game is the online component. You're constantly connected while playing, and you'll see the avatars of players from around the world walking around inside of your game. At any time you can tap on one which brings up a menu to check out their profile, “poke” them á la Facebook, or even engage in real time chat with them. It's fun to see these people roaming around, and I've already run across some familiar usernames from people in our forums. Each level even has a bulletin board where anyone can post a message for all to see. Full Facebook and Twitter integration are included so you can post various game accomplishments and search out friends. If none of this sounds appealing to you, the entire game can be played just fine offline.


If you're a fan of Linkin Park, you'll likely get a lot of enjoyment from playing through 8-Bit Rebellion. The gameplay is a little too simplistic for serious gamers, but it can still be fairly entertaining at times. It's almost as if River City Ransom, Zombieville and Facebook decided to make a game based on their love for Linkin Park. In reality it feels like the type of game that actually would be played on a social network like Facebook. If this sounds interesting to you, you're definitely getting a high quality experience that's been designed beautifully to suit the iPhone interface. If you're not a huge fan of the band, however, 8-Bit Rebellion may just be a little too flimsy to hold your attention.

App Store Link: Linkin Park 8-bit Rebellion!, $4.99, Linkin Park 8-bit Rebellion! iPad Edition, $4.99

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  • Jim

    I don't get it.

    • Appaholic

      I'd rather play Journey Escape.

  • Jim

    I don't get it.

    • Appaholic

      I'd rather play Journey Escape.

  • jeffyg3

    hopefully there will be an ipad release.

    • arn

      there is an ipad release.

      arn

  • jeffyg3

    hopefully there will be an ipad release.

    • arn

      there is an ipad release.

      arn

  • john

    I didnt know they were still around even, havent Linkin Park been laughed out of existence or something? Its kind of shocking to see this game, I wont buy it, actually i am kind of weirded out by it.

  • john

    I didnt know they were still around even, havent Linkin Park been laughed out of existence or something? Its kind of shocking to see this game, I wont buy it, actually i am kind of weirded out by it.

  • The Theory

    Just a weird enough combination that I would totally check it out if it were closer to the $2 area, rather than the $5 area. Probably just as well... though if this were a better band (System of a Down, perhaps), I'd totally put down the fiver and enjoy.

    • dyscode

      Pretty much summing up my first impression from the videos and the statments of players who bought it.

  • The Theory

    Just a weird enough combination that I would totally check it out if it were closer to the $2 area, rather than the $5 area. Probably just as well... though if this were a better band (System of a Down, perhaps), I'd totally put down the fiver and enjoy.

    • dyscode

      Pretty much summing up my first impression from the videos and the statments of players who bought it.

  • dumas1000

    I could be wrong, but I think somebody's music snob is showing.

  • dumas1000

    I could be wrong, but I think somebody's music snob is showing.

  • dumas1000

    Band "X" used to be cool. But then they become all "mainstream" and their music was on the radio. Now they're all "commercial" and they're "Sell-outs" and yah-de-day-de-day. I only like obscure indie bands that nobody's ever heard of before. They're all artsy when only I and a few of my closest friends know about them, but if anyone else starts listening to them or anyone actually starts to buy any of their music, god forbid, then they instantaneously suck. Friends don't let friends turn into music snobs.

    • SiDCrAzY

      Most people that used to like them, are saying that they liked them back in their Hybrid Theory days. They were definitely already mainstream by then, so this whole "I don't like them because they mainstream now" deal you're comparing them to doesn't fit this particular situation.

      • dyscode

        I don´t think it´s not particular if the band is mainstream or good or not.
        They put some nice creativity into it. For me esp. the 8bit part. But the question is,
        and was partly answerd by the review: will you enjoy it when you are not a fan of LP
        and you not much into Facebook games.
        And for the 8bit songs and simple gameplay 4.99 it´s not worth it, for me... for now.

      • DeadCell

        Their music was better when it was closer to metal. Hybrid Theory was great, and Meteora was good. The newest one was pretty crappy, with only two good songs.

  • dumas1000

    Band "X" used to be cool. But then they become all "mainstream" and their music was on the radio. Now they're all "commercial" and they're "Sell-outs" and yah-de-day-de-day. I only like obscure indie bands that nobody's ever heard of before. They're all artsy when only I and a few of my closest friends know about them, but if anyone else starts listening to them or anyone actually starts to buy any of their music, god forbid, then they instantaneously suck. Friends don't let friends turn into music snobs.

    • SiDCrAzY

      Most people that used to like them, are saying that they liked them back in their Hybrid Theory days. They were definitely already mainstream by then, so this whole "I don't like them because they mainstream now" deal you're comparing them to doesn't fit this particular situation.

      • dyscode

        I don´t think it´s not particular if the band is mainstream or good or not.
        They put some nice creativity into it. For me esp. the 8bit part. But the question is,
        and was partly answerd by the review: will you enjoy it when you are not a fan of LP
        and you not much into Facebook games.
        And for the 8bit songs and simple gameplay 4.99 it´s not worth it, for me... for now.

      • DeadCell

        Their music was better when it was closer to metal. Hybrid Theory was great, and Meteora was good. The newest one was pretty crappy, with only two good songs.

  • Chris

    The secret to winning the game is whining about your parents and cutting yourself with dull knives. Also, wearing eyeliner and crying and writing bad poetry. If you're not good at that, you can rap in a mediocre fashion between levels to gain extra experience points.

  • Chris

    The secret to winning the game is whining about your parents and cutting yourself with dull knives. Also, wearing eyeliner and crying and writing bad poetry. If you're not good at that, you can rap in a mediocre fashion between levels to gain extra experience points.

  • OhSoleMio

    Hahaha funny comments.

    If it were 1.99 i'd get it.

    4.99? No thanks even if it were with system of a down music.

    Now a GWAR themes game in the GWAR universe would be pretty cool. Thinking rpg.

    • Rosh

      I like Linkin Park. I wonder will it save the unlocked track on the iPhone so I could play it after I've deleted the app`? If that's the case I might just get it.

    • The Theory

      dude. DUDE. If it was GWAR I am pretty sure it would be worth $10. Could you even imagine how epic a GWAR game would be?? Be still oh my heart...

  • OhSoleMio

    Hahaha funny comments.

    If it were 1.99 i'd get it.

    4.99? No thanks even if it were with system of a down music.

    Now a GWAR themes game in the GWAR universe would be pretty cool. Thinking rpg.

    • Rosh

      I like Linkin Park. I wonder will it save the unlocked track on the iPhone so I could play it after I've deleted the app`? If that's the case I might just get it.

    • The Theory

      dude. DUDE. If it was GWAR I am pretty sure it would be worth $10. Could you even imagine how epic a GWAR game would be?? Be still oh my heart...

  • AJ

    haha you all are stupid. Linkin park is an amazing band. Plus the game is awesome and very addictive actually. If you think they were "laughed" out of existence, then ur a dumb ass.

    Also, If you like Transformers 1 and 2, well then you've listened to some of linkin park's best songs. (b/c they are played in both movies).

    System of the Down is definitely not better than them.

    • c.b

      Finally a guy at this forum with a good sence for music :D

  • AJ

    haha you all are stupid. Linkin park is an amazing band. Plus the game is awesome and very addictive actually. If you think they were "laughed" out of existence, then ur a dumb ass.

    Also, If you like Transformers 1 and 2, well then you've listened to some of linkin park's best songs. (b/c they are played in both movies).

    System of the Down is definitely not better than them.

    • c.b

      Finally a guy at this forum with a good sence for music :D

  • AJ

    if you worried about the price (dam its just 5 bucks), then jail break your iphone and get it for free.

  • AJ

    if you worried about the price (dam its just 5 bucks), then jail break your iphone and get it for free.

  • none of you buisness

    do you need wifi to play this game on ipod touch
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  • none of you buisness

    do you need wifi to play this game on ipod touch
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  • Johnny

    Linkin just released this games to try something different for its fans. System of a down is a good band but is not as succesful or popular as LP, and Lp laughed out of existence? As mentioned earlier they played in both transformers, and transformers 2, and they are working on there 4th studio album...

  • Johnny

    Linkin just released this games to try something different for its fans. System of a down is a good band but is not as succesful or popular as LP, and Lp laughed out of existence? As mentioned earlier they played in both transformers, and transformers 2, and they are working on there 4th studio album...

  • Billy the Kid

    I think some of you LP fans are forgetting something: Except for the special effects, Transformers 1 and 2 S-U-C-K-E-D.

  • Billy the Kid

    I think some of you LP fans are forgetting something: Except for the special effects, Transformers 1 and 2 S-U-C-K-E-D.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GM6ZOMVKNI3GLCMPG3POVBVNYU Cody

    Tru tht but wat does trasmormers sucking have't to do with linkin park's songs

  • http://linkin-parkfansite.blogspot.com/ Linkin Park Fan Site

    Iridescent 8bit Version by Astronoise available to download now :)

    Like what you have heard before on 8bit rebellion game, this song has the same genre with all song in that game.

  • http://linkin-parkfansite.blogspot.com/ Linkin Park Fan Site

    Iridescent 8bit Version by Astronoise available to download now :)

    Like what you have heard before on 8bit rebellion game, this song has the same genre with all song in that game.