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).
2008’s de Blob focused on a totalitarian military dictatorship that enslaves a population by stripping them of all color and song. The player, as a member of “The Color Underground” steals back the color and paints the town, with each splash of pigment bringing another voice back to the world’s music. Dynamic soundtracks are cool and all, but they don’t add that much to the experience if the tunes aren’t something you’re eager to hear. Thankfully, John Guscott’s funk-inspired original score is full of inspirational grooves that keep players wanting more. The signature touch here is that each song in de Blob is representative of an emotion, and players can choose their own vibe before each stage begins.
This mood, “Blissful,” lives up to its title. A gentle surf guitar flitters out the melody like a garden of roses popping open in rapid succession. The warm hum of the rhodes organ and relaxed pitter-patter of conga drums evoke a tropical paradise vacation. Gentle maracas and a soft round bass build space so that the horns, flutes, and cooed vocals can climb high into the salty air, dancing in the breeze. Its the kind of music that Birkenstocks were made for: functional and down-to-earth, yet relaxed and flighty. There is a lack of urgency or judgment. de Blob wants you to settle in, make yourself comfortable, and refrain from harshing anybody’s mellow. You could just as easily dance the samba to this smooth beat as you could toast up marshmallows for s’mores. Either way, things are about to get hot and sticky in delightful ways.