100 Rogues Official Soundtrack

100rogues Album Title:
100 Rogues Official Soundtrack
Record Label:
Bandcamp
Catalog No.:
N/A
Release Date:
May 5, 2010
Purchase:
Download at Bandcamp

Overview

Not surprisingly, the 100 Rogues soundtrack is the score for a rogue-like, and a SNES-styled one at that. Thus, it poses a bit of a challenge for its composers — in theory, the SNES offers only so much timbral variety to keep all that murky dungeon crawling musically interesting.

Body

Thankfully, Keith Burgun and Blake Reynolds know how to compose a series of dungeon themes that playfully explore ways to create a subdued mood with relatively limited means. There’s the bleak but funky “Hell”, the excellently written, rhythmically tricky piano solo “Deeper Down the Dungeon Hole” and the orchestrally-minded “The Dungeon Deep”, laced with appropriately Gothic influences.

Meanwhile, the battle themes blaze with the necessary fury, bringing variety to this 50-minute release while showcasing the surprising versatility of the SNES. It all comes to a head with the biting, racing organ soli and blast beats of “Satan Fight!”

Given how exceedingly well-developed all these tracks are, it’s no surprise then that the more lushly orchestral pieces that bookend this journey underground — “The Bandit Hole” and “Grand Finale” — are particularly delicious icing on the nostalgia-inducing cake.

Summary

100 Rogues, a modest little indie dungeon crawler for the iOS, has a surprisingly fulfilling soundtrack. The music can be purchased for 7 USD now through Bandcamp.

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Posted on June 29, 2015 by Simon Elchlepp. Last modified on January 18, 2016.

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A former German film student now living in Melbourne, Australia and working at the University of Melbourne's Architecture faculty - and a passionate music lover with an eclectic taste. Specialising in Western game music, I'm here to dig out the best scores Western video games have produced in the last thirty years.



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