Electronic music artist Skrillex released his first foray into the gaming realm Wednesday, with the browser-based Skrillex Quest.
Skrillex partnered with developer Jason Oda to create the 8-bit homage to classic games mixed with dubstep tunes. The premise of Skrillex Quest is that the game exists inside an old Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge. Since the cartridge has gone unplayed for years, its game is being devoured by corrupted code. Only the hero, P1, can save the world by fighting the glitch and partnering with a ghostly princess.
Oda has a history of making browser-based games. Last year, his game take on Perfect Strangers became a viral sensation.
“Sonny [Skrillex] saw Perfect Strangers, and really liked it. He mentioned it to his manager as a fun idea, and he is actually a friend of mine, so he got in touch,” Oda says.
Oda has worked on several games for bands in the past, including Atreyu, Chemical Brothers, Fallout Boy and Breaking Benjamin. He said he took a lot inspiration from Skrillex’s music when designing the game.
“Skrillex’s music sometimes sounds like a broken video game,” Oda says. “It fit perfectly with my glitch idea, and I took inspiration from the few lyrics it does contain for content.”
Of course, Skrillex’s tunes provide the entire soundtrack. Players will hear snatches from “Summit” and “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.”
Oda says he thinks fans of classic games will appreciate Skrillex Quest. There are also some surprising references in the game, including allusions to the ’80s fantasy classic The Neverending Story.
The game is available now at the Skrillex Quest site.