If you’re hankering for some 8-bit action, but you sold your NES years ago, Rocket Jump has you covered. The online video platform best known for distributing Freddie Wong and Matt Arnold‘s Video Game High School has released a lo-fi video game based on the popular web series franchise.
The game was designed by Sinclair Strange Studios, the company headed by Newgrounds creator Joel Sinclair. Designed in flash, it lets fans of the series play as lead character Brian D and relive his adventures from the first season.
As with the web series it is based on, Video Game High School: The Flash Game is inspired by iconic games from video game history. Each level is a take on a different old school adventure; throughout the game, we get to play modified versions of Super Mario Bros, Contra, Megaman, and many other classics.
The game is a companion to the third episode of VGHS‘ second season, where Ki (Ellary Porterfield) designs a game based on the first ten episodes. “We had so much art that we had to create for Ki’s game in episode 3, we thought it would be fun to actually make it playable,” said Arnold.
Like the Nintendo hard games that inspired it, Video Game High School: The Flash Game is not easy. As you play through it, you will die often. “People were surprised that game’s not that easy,” Wong told Tubefilter. I’m not sure what fans expected; Wong is a former video game champion, so it shouldn’t be shocking that a playable version of his series is not for the faint of heart.