This week on The High Notes, we’re shining a spotlight on some great tunes from indie games. These composers are incredibly talented, and if you like what you hear, then you can check out these albums on Bandcamp at the links provided below.
Escape Goat: “Entryway” (by Ian Stocker)
“Escape Goat is an odd but wonderful experience. For starters, you play as a purple goat who was imprisoned after being accused of witchcraft. The goal is to bust out of a dungeon filled with puzzle/platforming challenges, and your teleporting mouse friend is along for the ride to help. Each level is a lot of fun to play, and the soundtrack only makes this retro-style game even better. I’m particularly fond of “Entryway,” a song that plays in one of the early levels where you’re still learning the ropes. It has a catchy melody that you can’t help but love, and it will definitely make you want to keep playing just to hear more awesome music.”
-Jennifer Griffith, Associate Editor
Aquaria: “The Traveller” (by Alec Holowka)
“Aquaria is a strange game. It took me a while to get used to controlling my little mermaid (Singing? What sorcery is this?), and I would often get lost in the huge open world they threw me into. I didn’t mind it for a second, though, because moment I reached the main area, this song started playing. “The Traveller” manages to be both relaxing and inviting, encouraging players to stay a while and explore every nook and cranny. I will admit that I haven’t beaten the entire game yet (hey, its on my list!), but I still boot up the soundtrack, and this song in particular, every once in a while just to sit back and chill for a little while.”
-Jimmy Stephenson, Features Writer
Bastion: “Mother, I’m Here (Zulf’s theme)” (by Darren Korb)
“Everyone goes on about indie darling Bastion’s superb music, from its eclectic indie/western mix to the duality of the lyrics and how they reflect the story. “Mother, I’m Here” shows up in the end when the player has to make a drastic choice. By now, they have the whole story explaining how the player character got to this point, and they have to make a decision based on that choice. The song is perfect because whatever the player does, it still matches the scene. I find it impressive that a two minute song can echo the player’s choice and make it either really resonant or really haunting.”
-Allyn Farach, Staff Writer
That’s it for this week’s list of awesome indie game music. There’s so much great stuff out there that I’m certain we’ll have another edition of The High Notes that spotlights even more talented indie composers in the future. If you didn’t see your favorite songs here, then share away in the comments!
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