Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers will always be a top class earworm and, at the time of the song’s release, was so successful that it is ubiquitous. An adjacent element of its appeal was the music video, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, which features a made-up series of video game levels with each of the party members undertaking some sort of activity in a virtual California. It is by far the band’s most popular video with, at the time of writing, just under 920 million views.
“I wanted to play this game so badly!” says developer Miquel Camps Orteza. “It’s 2022 and I haven’t seen anyone make the game, so I challenged myself to make it. I picked some epic moments from the video and turned them into 7 levels each with game mechanics different, hope you like this game.”
The game in the music video looks awesome, and Orteza’s attempt to recreate it is definitely a fun way to spend half an hour. For understandable reasons, the download doesn’t include the music, but there are in-game buttons to play Californication or various covers in a browser while you have fun.
Yes, it’s pretty rudimentary, but actually controlling something I once watched on MTV is undeniably awesome. I also love the song and the combination of the nostalgia and that vague desire that everyone had that the game could be real results in an enjoyable experience.
You can download the game Californication here for free, with PC, Mac, and Android versions currently available. If nothing else, it’s great to finally play the most anticipated title of 1999.