After the news broke that the Dr. Horrible sequel is likely to be released in theaters, thus defeating the underlying point of the series, many fans were somewhat disillusioned. Fortunately, some brilliant techie geek created an 8-bit interpretation of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog as a theoretical Nintendo game, complete with subtitles and classic cheesy computer game music!
The 8-bit Dr. Horrible video game simulation is available on YouTube (embedded below for your viewing pleasure, as well). Although little is known about the video’s creator, it stands as the most genius extension of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog since the three-part web movie was released last year. The 8-bit version of Dr. Horrible opens similarly to the Sing-Along Blog, with an introductory monologue from Neil Patrick Harris’s character, Dr. Horrible, in which he discusses his application for the Evil League of Evil and various other goings-on. The first level of the game involves your character, Dr. Horrible (the character that a gamer would theoretically play in the game), checking his voicemail, building his freeze ray, and checking the newspaper for mentions of his acts of unspeakable evil.
The theoretical game’s 8-bit graphics will make those familiar with earlier editions of Commander Keen, Duke Nukem, and similar computer games feel right at home as they watch Dr. Horrible traverse the urban landscape searching for components to build his freeze ray, running into other Dr. Horrible characters, and planning his heist of “wonderflonium.” Each scene in the game is comparable to a major scene from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and conversations between the game’s characters often are taken directly from the original Dr. Horrible script.
Overall, the 8-bit interpretation of Dr. Horrible is a lot of fun to watch. Gaming geeks like us will find themselves wishing that the game were more than just theoretical because it looks like it would be a lot of fun to play, as well!