What makes a video game fun?
Since their existence, video games have explored humor in countless forms. Whether it’s a wacky premise, witty dialogue, quirky characters, or the very nature of playing a video game, comedy is at the very heart of the medium. Wherever the laughs come from, the soundtracks highlighting these games are as diverse as they come, whether they help tell the joke in their own way or create contrast with seriously grand themes and orchestrations.
Trover saves the universeof the spirit of rick and morty co-creator and lead actor Justin Roiland, is a game that delights in the absurd. Its vibrant and colorful world is inhabited by aliens permanently glued to their chairs, commanding sidekicks with gamepads while trying to save their dogs from apocalyptic beings. Between electronic textures and synthpop-influenced songs, composer Asy Saavedra lays down serious piano pieces and dreamy vocal melodies for different moments in your adventure.
jazzpunk, on the other hand, presents an entirely different world plagued by “corporate espionage, cybercrime and sensitive martinis”. Its design draws inspiration from everything from 1950s cinema to cyberpunk literature, while its humor mirrors that of parody comedies like naked gun, Planeand Hot shots part two. The score, by composer and co-creator Luis Hernandez, leans more heavily on his design influence, echoing the electronic techniques of spy, sci-fi and noir films of the 1950s and 1960s.
Then there’s the interactive sitcom which is Nancy negative, a game where your protagonist working in retail can only say “no” or say nothing. This limited set of responses creates situations ranging from minor annoyances by authorized customers to police questioning for a murder investigation. While the game draws on 1990s aesthetics, Australian composer Angus MV Arnold finds inspiration in TV shows like twin peaksas well as a wide range of styles and cultural influences to provide the backdrop for ever-changing hijinks.
Along with classics like Portal, Subtitle, The Secret of Monkey Islandand many more, these soundtracks should put a smile on your face on today’s episode of The Game Show.