In “Digital Estate Planning,” the 20th episode of television cult-favorite Community, Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase) is told by his late father that he must compete with his friends for his inheritance in a giant video game. Known for creative and unconventional storytelling methods, the episode is mostly told in the platformer “Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne.” Since the episode aired, 8-bit affinity for the Community gang grew to a fever pitch. Thanks to independent adventurer and über-fan Kyle Conroy, “Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne” is now a reality.
Community really does have the best fans.
Conroy has been working on the game for a couple of weeks and is distributing version updates on a regular basis. Since starting the build, other fans with programming knowledge have joined on to help develop. The game is built on the LÖVE game engine and is being open-sourced on GitHub, while a discussion around the development has a dedicated sub-reddit.
With Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne v0.0.11, players have the ability to navigate through part of the game universe established by the episode, and jump on some hippies.
The game can be downloaded for PC, Mac, and Linux on ProjectHawkthorne.com