Monday, February 15, 2010

SoulEye - PPPPPP

VVVVVV is a fairly brilliant little computer game. I would recommend trying the demo, and then I think you should probably buy it. It's a charming little platformer, elegant and beautiful in a lo-fi sort of way. It's also set in space, which is the best.

This is all sort of tangential to what we're really here to talk about though. The game has an amazing soundtrack. It's created by a fellow by the name of Magnus Palsson, who goes by SoulEye. Somehow Magnus has managed to encapsulate the charm of old computer game soundtracks without rehashing cliches, creating something both nostalgic and forward-thinking. The soundtrack combines perfectly with the retro images of the game, but is wonderfully listenable on it's own. I actually left the demo version of VVVVVV open just for that purpose. It's got the same kind of epic, sort of pulsing quality as the soundtracks for the early Konami games. Some of the best "chiptune" style music I've heard in a bit. You can buy the soundtrack at Magnus Palsson's site.

SoulEye - Pushing Onwards

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