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The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song ‘Californication’ is now a game

Hot red peppers is a well-known rock band from the United States, established in 1983. Till today, Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the best-selling bands, having claimed to have sold over 100 million copies. The group has been nominated for numerous awards and 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 has sold over 6 million copies in the United States, over 4 million in Europe, and 15 million worldwide. This song sounds a lot like a video game, and a lot of people took it as a DC game, but unfortunately it was just a song. Until recently this was the case, but a user named Michael reimagined ‘Californication’ as a playable video game and uploaded it to Itch.io.

In-game screenshot of Californication (the game).

The game-like song begins with a loading screen, then shows the city, along with the Californication logo at the end. Then it goes to a character selection screen. It shows Anthony, Chad, Flea, and John as selectable characters with different stats for each of them.

The game starts with John running past people blocking his path. After that, the song shows an ice skating scene. There’s the character’s health, time, and on-screen position numbers. Health is reduced when the character hits the train while skating.

Then, the song goes through many themes: underwater, jungle, railroad, highway, city, space and bridge. The main theme of the song is the character running away from danger and running away, with different game mechanics. But the question is whether the game created by Miquel contains all of the song or not?

Californication game
Level selection menu featured in Californication (the game).

Californication features seven different stages and all four characters to play with. The objectives of all stages are quite different and experiment with different game mechanics. You collect the red star thing in all stages, and the game play is quite decent and nostalgic. Currently, you can download the game for Windows and macOS and try it out for yourself.

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