A couple weeks ago, Community aired one of its best episodes ever, Digital Estate Planning, which featured the cast as 8-bit characters in a video game world. Maybe it was the fact that it was loaded with video game references (including a hidden bit about Pokemon’s Missingno.) or that it featured Shirley unleashing her murderous bad-ass, or that it was just a well-written episode with an emotional backbone, but I loved it. And thanks to the magic of the internet, it’s now being turned into a full-fledged video game that you can play RIGHT NOW! YAY! The A/V Club reports:
Journey To The Center Of Hawkthorne is a downloadable, playable, incredibly faithful recreation of the 8-bit game seen in the episode, though it is still very much a work in progress. There are a multitude of characters to choose from, including Brittasaurus Rex and Constable Reggie, and three levels to explore—though there’s not much to do yet besides walk around (or if you play as Troy, jump around), cower at the pixelated visage of Cornelius Hawthorne, and stomp on hippies. You can download the most recent version here, for Windows, Mac OS, or Linux; the developer is putting out new releases at a fairly steady clip (fingers crossed for a Hilda patch soon!), and is currently looking for suggestions and/or coding assistance.
It’s currently at version 0.0.13, which I think means it’s not yet fully complete (I don’t speak computerese so well). That being said, if this ever gets turned into a full-fledged video game, I will be first in line to pay good money for it.