Nu-metal band Linkin Park is craaaaaaaawwling into an 8-bit skin for a bizarre new iPhone game. Called Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion, the app is a side-scrolling fighter with social networking features in which players, in customizable chibi avatars, assist a retro-styled Linkin Park in fighting an evil corporation. Along the way, you can unlock both original and chiptune versions of Linkin Park songs, including one unreleased track.

This game is absolutely baffling -- for example, some of the characters are 8-bit, while others are relatively high-resolution caricatures for some reason. An even more baffling aspect: it's a video game about, and designed with, Linkin Park.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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