Though Mad Men has inspired its own Banana Republic line, collectors’ edition Barbies, and a wave of ’60s trends over the years, it’s lacked the tell-tale sign of a true fad: a video game.
Though it’s no picture-perfect Xbox game, we like this 8-bit interactive YouTube game better.
The blippy music and pixelated characters are a throwback to original GameBoy games like Super Mario or Pokemon- same with the choose-your-own-adventure storyline.
The premise is to save the company from ruin by “replenishing” Don’s three powers: confidence, new ideas, and inner peace.
Dialogue and portrayals of the staff are satirically spot on–”I need some new ideas, and drinking isn’t working” and “It’s because I’m Don Draper. Hurting people I care about is my thing.”–and because there’s several different paths to take, you can play the game multiple times with opposite results.
Coinciding perfectly with the long-awaited premiere of Mad Men‘s 5th season this Sunday, let’s just say this is way more fun than catching up on past seasons than watching reruns on Netflix.
Hint: Watch out for Bert Cooper!