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So as I promised, this year has started with a BANG

(although a lot later than promised)

Been working on this from the start of the year, so yeah… took quite a while, and I wouldn’t have expected it to take more than a three weeks to finish.

Note to self: never make any more deadline promises on this site.



I don’t think this game needs any introduction, we’ve all played it and enjoyed it thoroughly (at least I know I did!). This game appears to have set the standard by which LucasArts’ sound team composed music, since all subsequent titles (Sam and Max: Hit the Road, MM: Day of the Tentacle, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis…). They all seem to have this jazz-infused funk sound to them, which I must add that it’s not at all in bad taste, just becomes a bit dull after a while.

This game is quite notorious for introducing iMuse, an interactive music system that generates music on the fly, changing instruments, or adding composite parts of a song depending on what actions you take in-game. While this might seem a nice idea, I kind of hate Michael Land for his initiative to make this system, since it made my job a lot harder 😛
Eventually they discontinued iMuse allegedly because the creators saw that people typically do not really notice much and that it was too much of a hassle (something I agree with them).
EDIT: As Mr. Eight-Three-One on YouTube points out, they haven’t really discontinued the iMuse system until the 00’s, but they didn’t use complicated “tricks” as they did in those older Lucas Arts adventure games (like Monkey Island 2, for instance).

So as I mentioned, it was quite difficult to work on this game, and I had to resort to various trickery to get the tracks to sound proper and clean (without SFX, no interferences, etc.). But that was no problem, since I can always take a challenge 😀
Unfortunately that also means that it would be quite impossible to record an “accurate” soundtrack of one port of this game that stays consistent with how the other ports sound. Like for example, the song that plays when inside LeChuck’s fortress has quite a lot of little bits of music that are added randomly to the main song/theme. So no matter what I do, I will not be able to make that song on the CM-32L port to sound the same as the Macintosh version (music arrangement-wise).

Also speaking of ports, I omitted the FM-Towns version, as it’s godawful, and would’ve took me another week to finish, so I thought it wasn’t worth it. Even just listening to the introduction music was enough to overfill my ears with a 1-year supply of out-of-tune merde.
But if you’d wish to listen to it regardless, write a post on VengefulChip’s subreddit, tweet me, or leave a comment on my videos 🙂
If enough people ask, I might get myself to do it.

So that’s about it, hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed working on it, and see you next time!

List of Ports and Downloads




Also, if you haven’t noticed, or aren’t following VengefulChip through the YouTube channel, Twitter, or the subreddit, I have posted the “lost soundtrack” of Lemmings. Essentially just a collection of music from one of the demo disks of Lemmings. The mod files have been ripped by Mindless at lemmingsforums.net.

Game Release Date: 1991
Composer: Michael Land, Peter McConnell, Clint Bajakian

Codec: FLAC
Tracks: 89
Channels: Stereo
Bit Depth: 16bit
Sample Rate: 48000 Hz


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Mega – Part 1
Mega – Part 2
Mega – Part 3
Mega – Part 4

Game Release Date: 1991
Composer: Michael Land, Peter McConnell, Clint Bajakian

Codec: FLAC
Tracks: 87
Channels: Stereo
Bit Depth: 16bit
Sample Rate: 49716 Hz


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Mega – Part 1
Mega – Part 2

Game Release Date: 1991
Composer: Michael Land, Peter McConnell, Clint Bajakian

Codec: FLAC
Tracks: 17
Channels: Mono
Bit Depth: 16bit
Sample Rate: 48000 Hz


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Mega

Here we go again with another game. As I mentioned previously (or rather a few weeks ago) here, this is going to be a request I’m going to do for Daniel T. who is the first person to donate anything to this project 😀

This is one of those games that go by multiple names, scattered across all regions, so to avoid any confusion I’m going to refer to this game by it’s most often used name (also it’s the original japanese name of the arcade game, after which all the other ports were made).

It’s quite a fun and cute (not to mention nonsensical!) puzzle/platformer game that I vaguely remember playing as a little kid on the SNES (though it was the sequel of this one, although I find the prequel much better). The musical score is overall excellent (as you’d come to expect from japanese composers) and I have enjoyed every second of listening to it while recording.
What I really enjoy about these sorts of the games is that it makes the player travel through quite a few landmarks around the globe, and for a geography freak like myself I really enjoy being able to see all the neat little backgrounds and as a kid I would enjoy learning about new places.

Unfortunately I could not work on two ports of the game, namely the Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum ones, as they don’t have any option to disable the sound effects, and they perpetually ring throughout the game (and I can’t pause the game either, to be able to hear only the background music). Fortunately at least the CPC version sounds similar to the Atari ST one, so you won’t miss much. If in the future I find a way of properly recording from those platforms, I promise I’ll add those sets as well.
Also for some reason, my recordings from the Arcade version of the game seem to be at a slightly higher tempo than what I’ve heard it some longplay videos (I always watch those when I record a set to make sure I’ve properly tagged the songs in order of appearance in the game), and I’m not sure if it’s an emulation issue or that’s supposed to sound like, so please let me know which way it’s supposed to sound, and maybe even provide some recordings if you’re able. 🙂
So now that I’ve done the talking, here you go:

List of Ports and Downloads

Enjoy! 😀

Game Release Date: 1991
Composer: Yoko Shimomura, Yasuaki Fujita

Codec: FLAC
Tracks: 28
Channels: Stereo
Bit Depth: 16bit
Sample Rate: 44100 Hz (21 tracks) / 48000 Hz (5 tracks)


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Mega

Game Release Date: 1991
Composer: Paul Tonge

Codec: FLAC
Tracks: 13
Channels: Mono
Bit Depth: 16bit
Sample Rate: 48000 Hz


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Mega

Composer: Iku Mizutani
Game Release Date: 1991


Format: FLAC
Tracks: 15
Bit Depth: 16bit
Audio rate: 48000Hz
Channels: Mono



Mega

Today you’re in luck, I have decided to make another double-release, as I felt that one of the games had quite a short soundtrack, namely the first one below:

I’ll have to be honest with you guys, playing this game after so long it feels like the game itself is half-baked, made in a rush to gear in for the profits. Perhaps it’s just because the game is aimed at kids, and is educational in purpose? I don’t know, but the game is so random… you basically have nothing predictable as in other management or sim games, your chance of making your business last depends pretty much on your luck. Even the soundtrack feels half-baked, doesn’t have any interesting melodies, nor does it use any interesting combinations of instruments, but I decided to give this game a chance anyway, as the music itself still has some use in bringing some nostalgic feelings 🙂

List of Ports and Downloads


A rather obscure NES platformer that I consider to have some awesome music! 😀
I remember playing this game alot as a kid, during the time I only had a NES as a console, the other being a 386DX-powered PC. I remember always losing on the 2nd stage due to my clumsiness, but after getting to record this game, I think I’ll try to finally beat the game itself this time sometime soon.
Today while working on this I also learnt that the original japanese version was made after an tokusatsu show.

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Also, don’t forget that I still can do requests, consult the requests page for details 🙂

Game Release Date: 1991
Composers: Jochen Hess, Norbert Schmidt

Codec: FLAC
Tracks: 22
Channels: Mono
Bit Depth: 16bit
Sample Rate: 49716Hz


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Mega