It’s a little known fact that David Bowie starred in and made the music for his own video game, and now you can play it for free.

Everyone knows David Bowie for his music, of course, and perhaps also for his occasional forays into acting, but the great man was also interested in video games.

So much so that he provided original music for 1999 game The Nomad Soul (known as Omikron: The Nomad Soul in America), and appeared as two different in-game characters. His wife Iman had a cameo too.

The game was the first by French developer Quantic Dream, now well known for titles such as Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls.

Like all of Quantic Dreams’ games The Nomad Soul is an acquired taste, but that’s not a problem considering that Square Enix are offering it for free until January 22 if you click here.

Revised versions of the game’s original tracks ended up being used in the album Hours, and for that alone the game’s worth a look for fans.

Bowie was also a big fan of Harmonix’s PlayStation 2 games Frequency and Amplitude, and not only allowed his music to appear in them but even got Harmonix (who went on to create Guitar Hero and Rock Band) to make a personalised avatar for him.