In the early 2000s, most kids tuned into MTV for the latest music videos and the era was filled with iconic videos by some of the hottest bands of the time. Red Hot Chili Peppers definitely stood out from the crowd with their freaky and stylish videos.
The most iconic of which is Californication, the titular track from their 1999 album. The video depicts a fictional open-world game where the band members are playable characters running around in various different levels.
It was an atypical video especially since it featured 3D polygonal looks that mimicked the original PlayStation’s graphics. The Californication music video, which featured high-speed antics and bustling cities, was inspired by Crazy Taxi.
The video was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who also made music videos for other rock bands at the time like The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, and The Offspring. Beyond their frequent collaborations with Red Hot Chili Peppers, they also directed the critically acclaimed film Little Miss Sunshine.
And if you ever grew up wishing you could play this game, now you can, thanks to the efforts by one Red Hot Chili Peppers fan and budding game developer Miquel Camps Orteza. This fan game is available for download on itch.io.
Orteza closely and painstakingly recreated every fine detail from the original music video, down to the individual levels seen throughout the video and the polygonal versions of the four members of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The fan game contains seven levels, which vary between chase sequences and open-ended mazes. The objective of each level is to collect five of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ logo icons that are scattered everywhere.
It wouldn’t be complete without the track itself being played in the background, and Orteza offers players a number of versions of the song. But you’ll have to stream them on your browser while playing the game.Nevertheless, this is a commendable effort from an aspiring game developer and lifetime fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers. The game can be found on Orteza’s itch.io page. The page also serves as Orteza’s portfolio as he is currently looking for work in the video game industry.