Rhythm Sprout took us into uncharted territory. In search of the best game soundtracks ever. Of course, this is a very subjective and private task for a lot of us I believe. Since everyone’s opinions, music tastes and preferences are different.
But some game soundtracks are universally praised and beloved. We’re after them actually. But you can fill us in on your favorite picks in the comment section. We’d love to know more about your favorite game soundtracks.
Rhythm Sprout, Music, And Our History With It
Granted, we don’t have that many music-themed articles here on IndieGala’s blog. If I can take a look back, I’d mention the Jazz movie article we did last year. You can read it here if you’re a fan of Jazz, or of Jazz in movies. Our Vocaloids article was fun to write as well. You can read all about the Vocaloids here. But aside from these handfuls of articles (seriously, they’re not that many) we are not focused too much on music. Survival horror yes. Music… Not so much.
But that’s all about to change with Rhythm Sprout.
What’s Rhythm Sprout All About?
Rhythm Sprout: Sick Beats & Bad Sweets to be exact. Developed by SURT and published by tinyBuild LLC, Rhythm Sprout: Sick Beats & Bad Sweets is a handcrafted fast-paced rhythm action game. With original music and a wacky story mode too. And what’s so special about it? Every music track goes together with a unique and detailed 3D environment designed around its theme and story beat. Keep an eye out for little events and Easter eggs throughout the levels! All the music is crafted exclusively for the game with creative beat maps in mind. It results in high sync between sound and gameplay – you’ll feel it!
Music themes are inspired by different genres. Such as EDM, K-POP, Drum’n’Bass, Disco, Lo-fi hip-hop, even Metal, and much more. So, go ahead. Make funny dialogue interactions, full of silly jokes and pop culture references. Help the adorable inhabitants of the Vegetable Kingdom and face a charming cast of Sweet Villains. And have fun!
Rhythm Sprout: Sick Beats & Bad Sweets is available for purchase here.
Rhythm Sprout & The Best Video Game Soundtracks
Who are they? Which video games have killer soundtracks? Well, here are some of our picks, but we’d love to know yours as well. You can tell us all about it in the comment section.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
It’s epic, immersive and glorious. Heck, the soundtrack alone is four discs in length. But in the midst of all that grandeur, there are elaborate combat themes that should put you in the right mood. But at the same time, there are separate themes for castles, towns, dungeons, caves, and taverns. Which cut through the tension and puts you at ease. And there’s plenty of everything in the soundtrack. For everyone’s taste buds, we might add. From angelic and serene in tracks like Frostfall to beautiful themes like Kyne’s Peace. However, this soundtrack is all about the atmosphere. And if you’re a fan of the Elder Scrolls, feel free to snoop around our offerings. Get them here.
The Last Of Us
Composed by Gustavo Santaolalla, the Last Of Us soundtrack is truly fantastic. And we might add, deserves to be on this list. Gustavo Santaolalla is known for his minimalist approach to music making, and the work he did in this game is no different. However, to produce unique sounds, Santaolalla was recorded in various rooms, including a bathroom and kitchen. And the result is a rather understated and haunting soundtrack that is peppered with an eclectic mix of classics like Etta James’s rendition of I Got You, Babe. Or “String Quartet No. 3 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 30” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
If you’re looking for high-energy instrumental metal with deep fusions of electronica, classical and combined with dark, heavy guitar work… You’ve got Doom’s soundtrack. And it’s good. Thanks, Mick Gordon for this one. Yeah. The soundtrack is very good indeed. But if it wasn’t a soundtrack for one of the best video games ever, the title of the tracks would easily fool you that it’s a Slayer album. Flesh & Metal… Death & Exhale… Lazarus Waves. Come on! Those sound like Sepultura tracks at the very least. But yeah. The soundtrack is very long and will very much leave you drained and satisfied at the same time. It gives you a cohesive, immersive musical experience that you will never forget.
Doom is available for purchase here.
We’ve written plenty of Silent Hill before. But never about the cool soundtrack that the first game has. A soundtrack that still stands the test of time, and one that’s immersive and fantastic as ever. From the opening theme (appropriately named Silent Hill) which is way too recognizable and iconic even today. To the rest of the raw, cold, ambient themes that should inflict fear and terror. They sure set the mood of the game and immerse you in the story of the game. Akira Yamaoka’s soundtrack for Silent Hill is an experience all to itself. Take Don’t Cry as an example of that dose of terror in the back of your skull. With a mixed metallic beat, growls, and cries it will put chills down your spine. It’s awesome and the true fans of Silent Hill know that all too well even to this day.
Silent Hill Homecoming is available for purchase here.
Here’s a fun fact. Garry Schyman’s score for Bioshock: Infinite was partly inspired by Jonny Greenwood’s score for There Will Be Blood and Paul Buckmaster’s score for 12 Monkeys. Which says a lot actually? Over 28 tracks, Schyman explores the plot and themes of Bioshock Infinite intimately. However, if fans would like to pick just one track that is the most intimate and the most beautiful… It would be Elizabeth for sure.
Yeah, one can complain that plenty of the tracks are way too short. One can complain about the overuse of contemporary songs recorded in an anachronistic ragtime style. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper is the most famous offender of this crime. But that’s what makes this soundtrack so great. There’s plenty for everyone. And all of the tracks are neatly wrapped up in a nice bundle that surprisingly makes sense. The soundtrack accompanies the game superbly, and this is why it’s one of the best out there.
Bioshock: Infinite is available for purchase here.
Rhythm Sprout: What’s Your Pick?
Let us know about your favorite video game soundtrack of all time. We’d love to know everything about it.