Well, I promised you more soundtrack goodness didn’t I? The second part of Soundtrack Central is finally hear, bringing with it three new games which have some great tunes that are worth listening to. Music can have a major influence on how a game turns out. A good soundtrack can help elevate a game even further just as a bad soundtrack can drag the entire experience down. Thankfully, these three titles only add to the gameplay.
Before you jump below to fill your ear canal with audio bliss, make sure to catch up on part one here first.
For everyone else, enjoy!
Taking place in a procedurally-generated Industrial Revolution London, The Swindle tasks players with stealing as much money as they can without getting busted…or killed. The sneaky title comes from Size Five Games aka Dan Marshall and has a very distinct steampunk vibe going on. From that theme alone, composer Tobey Evans has crafted a soundtrack that really elevates the gameplay by mixing traditional orchestral and parlor elements with a modern sound through electronic and dance beats. The best example of this sound (considering it’s a bit hard to describe) is with Bacca-Pipes. Like many songs on the soundtrack, this theme has a calm theme and alarm theme both which highlight the type of sound the game is shooting for. There’s even some classic parlor sounding themes such as RagTime Bot which really hits the theme perfectly with its rhythmic piano work.
Luckily for you, dear reader, the entire soundtrack is up on Bandcamp. The whole thing is pretty great but if you need a starting point, try these:
The Swindle Theme
Watch Y’er Yack
Not A Hero
Coming from the OlliOlli guys, Not A Hero is a lightning fast pixel shooter that adds in a rocking chiptune/electronic soundtrack. The soundtrack itself was put together by a host of musicians including Zabutom, Zircon, Snlid Dolkow, Covox, Sulumi, Big Giant Circles, Kubbi, Infinity Shred, Dubmood and Facteur. While that’s a lot of different people, the one thing that’s constant is the fast paced chiptune sound. It really fits well with the action happening on the screen, keeping up with the player who’s working to finish each objective as fast as possible. Colossus adds in some dubstep into the mix while Micksplosions sounds like it would fit well with a game like Super Meat Boy.
Okaaaaaaaayyyyy. Yes, so I cheated a bit here considering this is a game that houses 30 games. But come on, Rare has created some of the most memorable and beloved tunes out there by influencial composers like Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, Robin Beanland, Steve Burke, Graeme Norgate, and many other talents. I could have probably devoted an entire piece just to this one game alone, but here we are. Many of the games in this collection I grew up with so selecting only a handful of songs here is difficult if not impossible. I’d strongly recommend you listen to all of them but here’s a list of some of my favorites.
Blast Corps – Simean Acres
Killer Instinct – Gargos Theme
Banjo-Kazooie – Basically everything because the soundtrack is amazing. Seriously, AI’m not going to pick one or two, I can’t. Don’t make me.
Banjo-Tooie – see entry above for Banjo-Kazooie
Snake Rattle & Roll – Level 1
Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts – Banjoland
Battletoads – Theme
Digger T. Rock – Title
Perfect Dark – Air Force One