While not quite a thrilling game by today’s standards, R.C. Robot Construction had a fantastic soundtrack.
The premise of the game was to construct battling robots with various parts affecting their mobility and ways to attack, then form teams and let the AI battle itself out. The soundtrack was composed by Masashi Kageyama who, prior to this, was the composer for GIMMICK! I first heard the music on AccelJoe’s youtube channel and tried the game out after that.
What’s wild is, Electric Sheep’s site is still up and has a little page for the game!
Looks like they even have a new Robot Construction game for mobile, now.
More recently with the PC Engine Mini, it made me aware of the music in Tengai Makyo 2 Manji Maru. Listening to the opening in its attract mode made me spring up and say to a colleague “Man, they’re heavily channeling into some Joe Hisaishi here…” As it turns out, he did compose the theme I was listening to! Because of course he did. This sound is unmistakable for him.
This opening theme gets me so chuffed. I’m ready for a wild journey.
The next one is from a Pinball game specifically, Dr. Dude. I really liked the main theme for it quite a bit (00:00-01:52).