Of Course the Community Video Game Is Now An Actual Video Game
Ever ambitious with playing with form and animation style, the pop culture-obsessed team behind Community outdid themselves with a trio of season finales, the first of which was "Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne," a brief deviation from the plot in which the team entered a video game to win back Pierce Hawthorne’s inheritance. The game featured elements of classic 8-bit games and RPGs, with Pierce’s dead father appearing as a giant Andross-style boss head at the end. It was geek fanservice at its finest.
So it was really only a matter of time before a fan created a for-realsies version of Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne. And now it exists, so you can finally live out your dreams of being Joel McHale / smashing hippies to your heart’s content / rage-killing your least favorite character / reproducing baby Abeds. Reddit user Derferman has created an open-source version of Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne, available for download on Mac, PC (32-bit and 64-bit) and Linux. Fans are already requesting new playable characters, including "Santa Baby Annie." Try the game here.
Watch the intro from that episode, featuring 8-bit versions of the principal cast: