Game music has the power to earworm its way into your heart long after you put the controller down. Each week in Game That Tune, we highlight a great tune from a great game (or a great tune from a just-okay game).
New year, new you. That’s what all the commercials for fitness clubs tout this time of year, at least. The turning over of the calendar somehow inspires people to start fresh, try new things, and better themselves. These are lofty and noble goals, but man, doing stuff is harrrrrrrrd. Heck, sometimes just getting out of bed to go about your humdrum routine is a challenge your mind and body just aren’t ready for. We all need some reason to break out of our comfortable cocoons. Some motivation, some impetus. Oh, hey, Bit.Trip Runner is a game about getting up and moving, and it kicks off with a song called “Impetus.” How fortuitous!
We start with the radio-filtered fuzz of uninspired normalcy before tearing down the walls and starting with only the barest of bit-crushed beats. We’re given the space we all so crave to stretch our limbs, roll our necks, loosen up, and prepare for the road ahead. The song doesn’t leave us to our own devices for too long, though—we’re liable to fall back into bed. The beat intensifies as it’s joined by the jubilant square lead, like a red rubber ball bouncing on a toy xylophone. There’s a shimmer of magic dust and the overwhelming sensation that everything’s going to be A-okay. It’s the perfect get-up-and-go music, full of energy and hope without ever forcing its own will or narrative on you. The listeners are free to do whatever they want, just as long as they get out there and do it!