We’re revisiting indie game music on this week’s High Notes. Last time, we went over some great staff picks from Aquaria, Bastion, and Escape Goat. Today, I’m keeping the column entirely to myself so I can share soundtracks from four more awesome indie games. Like before, all of the embedded tracks will link back to the composers’ websites so that you can purchase the soundtrack if it strikes a chord with you.
Machinarium: “Nanorobot Tune” (by Tomáš Dvořák, AKA Floex)
If you like point and click puzzle games with eclectic scores and great artwork, you’ll love Machinarium. You play as an adorable, determined, little robot who must explore and solve puzzles to outwit some bad guys. The story of how your character came to be where he is at the beginning unfolds as you go through the game, and by the end, you’ll be rooting for him 100%. “Nanorobot Tune” is great because it makes you feel like you’re grooving with some robots.
Super Meat Boy: “Forest Funk (Ch 1 Light World)” (by Danny Baranowsky)
On the off chance that you haven’t heard of Super Meat Boy yet, you should know that it is a fun but thoroughly frustrating platformer in which you play is a boy made of meat. Your goal is to rescue your girlfriend, Bandage Girl, from the clutches of evil Dr. Fetus, but he certainly doesn’t make it easy. The entire Super Meat Boy soundtrack just kind of kicks ass in general, but the first song that comes to mind when I think of it is “Forest Funk,” which plays in the first chapter. Mentioning this song also gives me a handy excuse to link to this fantastic piano arrangement of it that Laura Shigihara performed for Baranowsky’s birthday.
Dustforce: “Cider Time” (by Lifeformed)
Dustforce is another platformer, but this one has you running around as a janitor tasked with using your ninja cleaning skills to spruce up dusty levels. It’s fun to dash about while defeating dust monsters and running on ceilings, but a major part of the game’s atmosphere comes from its music. “Cider Time” is one of the first songs you’ll hear in the game, and it will definitely suck you in (like a vacuum cleaner?) and make you want to keep playing.
Jamestown: “Lost Temple of Croatoa Suite” (by Francisco Cerda)
This wonderful, rage-inducing, bullet-hell shoot ’em up places you in command of a British ship facing off against the Spanish in the 17th century…on Mars. Yes, Jamestown takes place during an alternate history of steampunk space travel, and that’s only one part of what makes it awesome. It also happens to have a rather epic soundtrack. “Lost Temple of Croatia Suite” is both the longest and the most memorable song in the score. If I’m honest, the main reason it’s so memorable is probably because you and your friends (Did I mention that Jamestown is really fun to co-op?) will play it a lot in your efforts to beat a certain level, but what’s really important here is that the song is fantastic.
That wraps it up for this week! Don’t forget to click through to the artists’ websites to check out more of their incredible work. Do you have suggestions for future High Notes columns? Would you like to chime in with your own favorite songs from indie games? Whatever you might want to say, get thee to the comments and let us know!
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