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December 2, 2016

My favourite CRPG Music list


While I can still whistle a few subtunes from my first experience of Bard´s Tale on my Commodore 64 in 1988 it did not have good music in the way I meant it.  It has some classical catchy tunes that you had to listen to for hours while travelling the dungeons and had your bard songs active. Then there are music you appreciate because it is atmospheric but not very good to listen at actively.

Today - working as a programmer - I have a lot of good old game music to listen too both from Youtube and Spotify. Many of the are purely RPG related. The last couple of years have seen the indie rpg market explode and there are a lot of good music in these games as well. I am thinking about Legend of Grimrock 1 and 2, Lords of Xulima etc but this list is only for game is for the pre year 2000 games.

This list comes in no order whatsoever. It is impossible for me to determine a winner. I hope you like these tunes as well and if you have found something new you didn´t know about. Congratulations!



Ishar 2 - All subtunes are good but this is one of the best


Abandoned Places - There are several good tunes. This is just one of them.



The Faery Tale Adventure - All the songs are great



Betrayal at Krondor - The whole album is good




                          Planescape Torment - Also listen to this beautiful Deionarras Theme







Eye of the Beholder - Then listen to this clear remix



Ultima Underworld - The whole album has many good, atmospheric tunes.


Blade of Destiny - The whole album is good.












4 comments:

  1. Betrayal at Krondor really shines with a Roland MT-32. The whole soundtrack just oozes "fantasy" in a way that's kind of hard to explain.

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    1. Agree, BaK has the best soundtrack even in RPGs. The CD version is the best imo. Also an SC-55 sounds better than an MT-32, since I believe it was the device the music was originally composed on.

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  2. Need some love for Black Crypt:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQmQk2vatDs

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    1. Well, in my opinion Black Crypts main theme is just not as good as the other ones. It is not bad either.

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