Californication MV Becomes a Real Game

In the early 2000s, most kids watched MTV for the latest music videos, which featured some of the hottest bands of the day. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ crazy and stylish videos set them apart from the crowd.

The most well-known of these is Californication, the title track from their 1999 album of the same name. The video depicts a fake open-world game in which the members of the band are playable characters that can be found running around in several different levels of the game world.

It was an unusual film, especially because it used 3D polygonal visuals that were meant to seem like the graphics from the first PlayStation. Crazy Taxi was the inspiration for the music video for Californication, which included high-speed shenanigans and a bustling city environment.

In addition to directing the video, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris had previously worked on music videos for other rock bands at the time, including The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, and The Offspring, among others. Beyond their regular collaborations with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, they also directed the critically praised feature picture Little Miss Sunshine, which was released in 2008.

You can now play this game if you’ve ever wished you could as a child, thanks to the efforts of one Red Hot Chili Peppers fan and aspiring game developer, Miquel Camps Orteza. itch.io has made this fan game available for download, which you can get here.

Each and every fine element from the original music video was meticulously and painstakingly reproduced by Orteza, including the individual levels that can be seen throughout the film as well as the polygonal renditions of the four members of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The fan game consists of seven stages, which vary in difficulty from pursuit sequences to open-ended mazes to puzzles. It is the goal of each level to gather five of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ logo icons, which may be found strewn across the environment.

It wouldn’t be complete without the track itself playing in the background, and Orteza provides players with a variety of different renditions of the song to choose from. However, you’ll have to watch them on your web browser while you’re playing the game itself.

The attempt is laudable, however, coming from an aspiring game developer who has been a long-time admirer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Orteza’s itch.io page has a link to the game’s download page. Because Orteza is now looking for job in the video game industry, the page also serves as his portfolio.

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