Spooky Themes

It’s that time of year again! A time for all things spooky, creepy, and ghostly. A lot of great, spooky soundtracks came out of the 80s and 90s. Horror games weren’t really a thing until the late 90s–either because of lack of demand or because it’s hard to be truly scary with 8- or 16-bit graphics, or both–but there were some great tracks for Halloween nonetheless.
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Volcano Levels

Lava, like “unkillable spiky thing” and “boss with a flashing weak point,” is one of those retro video game staples that defined the era, and continues to be a major trope today. Never mind that the heat from standing on a rock floating over an active volcano would burn you to a crisp, if the toxic fumes and choking ash didn’t get to you first, lava is cool! Well, actually it’s hot; if it was cool it would be igneous rock. Anyways, volcano levels spawned some of the best game music in the 80s and 90s, and here are a few of my favorites!
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Mega Man X SNES Games

Ah, Mega Man X. Or is it MegaMan? Megaman? Well, we can all agree it’s not Mega-Man; that’s a Marvel thing. Any way you stylize it, this is a great series. Mega Man has always been known for its great music. How could a game that was originally called Rock Man in its native Japan not have great music? When Mega Man arrived on the SNES with edgier, more anime influenced X series,it was accompanied by one of the best hard rock/metal soundtracks of the era. I’ve been playing these games again in the new collection on Switch (I recently wrote about my experiences over on my other blog) and I just had to write about the SNES soundtracks!
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