Night-Time Listenings Wrap-Up: Week of 2/11/13

Night-Time Listenings 31

Sorry about not having a Night-Time Listening last week. But hey, we’re back, and we’re gonna show our love for Indie Games all month! We socked some dudes in Canada in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. We flipped out over VVVVVV. Tower of Heaven made its glorious return to Night-Time Listening. We kept dying in Super Meat Boy. And finally we went simple with Art Style light trax.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Another Winter
Composed by Anamanaguchi
 

Let’s begin the beginning with the beginning of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. As the launch of the Scott Pilgrim neared, we were teased with the music of Scott Pilgrim. Chances are that this was the first theme we heard, and by god we wanted more. Composed by chiptune rock band Anamanaguchi, Another Winter is played on the first stage of Scott Pilgrim, and from the get-go it’s full of energy and passion. The beginning starts off with consistent guitar riff, followed by a bit of melody accompaniment. Soon after that we meet with our verse for the song, a more quieter arrangement of instruments with the melody taking precedent. And then for the pre-loop chorus, all instruments come back for one big cacophonous smorgasbord of sound. Even better was how it fit the chaotic nature of the brawls in the stage, especially if you have a friend onboard. So then, which character did you play is in the game?

VVVVVV – Passion for Exploring
Composed by SoulEye
 

The indie love continues with a game that pulled the hairs of many, VVVVVV. Good thing there’s a home base to just chill in to take a break from all the mayhem this game puts you through. Played in the main hubworld of the game, the music puts you in a more home-y environment, your comrades at their stations doing their work while you plan your next venture to look for more crewmates. The entire soundtrack to VVVVVV is composed in a sort of Commodore 64-like style, with crunchy basses and a sort of “gargling” note stream sprinkled throughout the song. So then, what was your final death count in VVVVVV?

Tower of Heaven – Atop The World
Composed by flashygoodness
 

My god what amazing track. Why can’t this be longer. All throughout Tower of Heaven you’ll notice the leitmotif make its presence known. Almost always it’s the first thing you’ll hear for each song. The same applies to the end. Luna Ascension (which was one of the first songs ever featured on Night-Time Listenings last year) brings the most clarity to leitmotif, naturally going for the first part into its main verse. With Atop The World, it continues the trend, only this time you get to hear a beautiful piano arrangement of the theme, almost taking the player by surprise after hearing nothing but GB-like music up ‘til now. I wish I could go further into the ending (I’m spoiling it enough by playing this), but man… What was your reaction to the ending of Tower of Heaven?

Super Meat Boy – It Ends
Composed by dB Soundworks
 

Somewhere in the middle of playing Super Meat Boy and yelling at the top of my lungs, I noticed that the game had some really kick ass music. It’s a good thing it’s good and catchy since I’ll be dying a lot. Contrary to the songs before this one, “It Ends” has somewhat of a military feeling, kind of like Hell March from Command & Conquer. Considering this is near the end of the game, I would expect the music to start feeling climactic. On interesting part of this song is the rather silent par at 2:24. It’s not often you hear short piano solos in Super Meat Boy (if at all). So then, how many deaths did it take you to call it quits for a moment?

ArtStyle light trax – Gamemusic
Composed by Hiromichi Fujiwara
 

We seem to have inadvertently chosen mostly chiptune music for this first week of Indie Love Month. So why don’t we round out the week another one from WiiWare unknown ArtStyle light trax. Developed by Skip ltd., light trax (a.k.a. dotstream) was part of a series of games that emphasized simple design and elegance with simple gameplay. With light trax, it was a racing game where you were a line racing against other lines. We last featured light trax back in December during our Christmas Special. I bring it up for the perspective of how varied the music in this game is. So over there we had a calmer theme, and here we have a more energetic composition. So then, what other ArtStyle games have you played?

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