2012 has seen a bumper batch of musician-helmed video games hitting the Internet. They're ostensibly meant to promote an artist's latest release, but also act as snappy diversions to play in your browser while you should be concentrating on something far more important. Here are five of the best recent releases.
5. 2 Chainz's Live In Color
Based on: Track & Field
The setup: Take control of professional guest-verse artist 2 Chainz as he sprints through the streets hopping over trash cans and gaps in the pavement and seeking out special orbs that fill the screen with color. This all happens against a heavily-branded backdrop that involves a sneaker manufacturer that is not Nike, Converse or Reebok.
Is it any cop? Mildly diverting, but the controls have been reduced to tapping the space bar to hop over obstacles. The trickiest task is concentrating on the screen when the technicolor blitz kicks in.
4. Kreayshawn's Breakfast
Based on: Burger Time
The setup: Kreay has become a Hello Kitty lookalike in her bunny slippers and needs to eat the cholesterol-packed breakfast foods falling from the sky. All of this happens to the synergy-tastic sounds of her "Breakfast" single!
Is it any cop? Nope, as Kreay-kitty moves so slowly across the screen that sheer luck seems to determine whether you ever get to chomp down on your desired grub. For better unofficial kicks, see Kreayshawn: The Game, which pulls off something of a Great Giana Sisters ruse on the horizontal platform tip.
3. MGK's Nun Puncher
Based on: Streets of Rage
The setup: A side-scrolling beat 'em up that puts you in the shoes of lanky Bad Boy rapper Machine Gun Kelly as he struts along some graffiti-splattered streets and punches a stream of sword-wielding nuns. For every five consecutive nuns you knock out, you can power-up to unleash a super-punch.
Is it any cop? Alas, success boils down to simply button-bashing the X key to punch as you slide forwards, stripping the game of any real challenge.
2. Juicy J's Bandz A Make Her Dance
Based on: Leisure Suit Larry
The setup: Hit up the strip club with the rap game Juice and throw out bills to a bunch of strippers cascading down poles!
Is it any cop? Well, it's slightly more taxing the above games, as you at least have to rotate Juicy J before generously redistributing your cash. You're also told that "Juicy J is proud of you" after the game tallies up how much you've spent at the strip club. Cashback!
1. Skrillex Quest
Based on: The Legend of Zelda
The setup: Inspired by the era of dust-attracting NES cartridges and the Legend of Zelda series of games, Skrillex Quest has you navigating through a deliberately glitch-filled, dungeon-style setting.
Is it any cop? Yes indeed. Taking about 15 minutes to play through to completion, Skrillex Quest is a blast of slick and enjoyable retro-styled gaming that shows a love for both old video games and Skrillex's dubstep attacks. Nattily, there are also Skrillex-related bonus items to hunt down.