Back in the day, videogame music was, objectively, almost as important to a game’s legacy as its gameplay was. I’d personally argue its MORE important than gameplay—gameplay had to be PERFECT during coding sessions on ancient technology and budgets and precedents for how to do that didn’t really exist then, you couldn’t count on graphics because those had terrible shelf lives as technology marched on, but you COULD count on a catchy-ass soundtrack because it’s a proven fact that an awesome melody, chord progression, and rhythm will attract attention no matter how old the technology is.
Not to mention it’s the only way to get people interested in a game without even being in the same room as the console.
And yet we have games like The Addams Family: Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt for the SNES that pretty much remains forgotten despite having a killer soundtrack. I certainly remember nothing about this game other than it was basically an expansion pack to Ocean’s first Addams Family game with the cartoon’s license instead of the movie’s. I’ve always been fascinated by games that seemed to have nothing else sterling to talk about except the soundtrack, and this is a sterling example of that.
Check out this badass soundtrack right here:
I love the instrument set.