8-Bit Video Game Accompanies 80s-Inspired Album Release

8-Bit Video Game Accompanies 80s-Inspired Album Release

Okkervil River's frontman built a point-and-click adventure game complete with a soundtrack based on music from the record.

Emma Hutchings
  • 23 august 2013

As part of the release of their upcoming album, The Silver Gymnasium, the lead singer of indie band Okkervil River built a point-and-click adventure game. The immersive 8-bit game features a chiptunes soundtrack based on music from the record.

Relating to the 11-song album’s themes of nostalgia, the game was inspired by classic adventures from the 1980’s like King’s Quest and Maniac Mansion. It is described as a “side story” to the album, which is released on September 3rd.

8-Bit Video Game Accompanies 80s-Inspired Album Release

Okkervil River’s frontman Will Sheff built the game with a little help from agency Eyes and Ears. The episodic adventure can be played in any desktop browser and new parts are due to be released every two weeks. Sheff told TechCrunch:

With this particular record since it’s very much focused on nostalgia from my childhood in the 80s and has a sort of storybook quality to it, it felt like the perfect time to try to do a game.

Silver Gymnasium


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