Saturday, September 24, 2016

Soundtrack September: Donkey Kong Country

Game: Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Platform: SNES
Composers: David Wise, Eveline Fischer, Robin Beanland

David Wise was Rare's sole musician until 1994, so his portfolio was already good and fat by the time rookies Beanland (who would later work on Killer Instinct and Conker's Bad Fur Day) and Fischer (who would later voice the protagonist of Perfect Dark) joined the team. DKC brings these three together in one of the best game soundtracks of the 16-bit era.

The songs range from upbeat and optimistic ("Jungle Groove"), to somewhat moody ("Life in the Mines"), to downright depressing ("Game Over"). And, of course, everybody loves "Aquatic Ambience."

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