I know, it's been rough lately. Last month had only seven gaming music albums to satisfy your thirst for free and great music; it just wasn't enough! It's almost as if the composers are getting tired! Unfortunately, this month isn't looking to be better... with seven more free albums, will it really be enough to last through July?
Well, given the quality, it certainly will! This month features a wide variety of tracks that are bursting from the seams given their track count... heck, they don't sound half bad, either! Let's dive into the six new (and one old) albums that were released this June.
Perfection. Original Soundtrack
Perfection. is a simple mobile game that involves cutting shapes down into... well, another shape. It's a very relaxing and addicting puzzle game, and the soundtrack helps to reflect that. All of the tracks (minus the two bonus ones) are very soothing, so if you need something to chill out to, this album is for you.
Tiny Barbarian DX: The Serpent Lord OST
The original Tiny Barbarian was a free indie game with a retro fell and a pretty steep difficulty curve. Now, a bit of time and a Kickstarter later, Tiny Barbarian DX has been released, an episodic sequel to the fun original. The Serpent Lord OST is an album of the tracks from the first episode of the new game, and as expected is fill of hard rocking chiptunes.
Mighty Switch Force 2 Official Soundtrack
Those into the game music scene know the name Jake Kaufman, or at least the man by his username "virt." Very much a fan favorite, he has composed the soundtracks of many of WayForward's games... and Mighty Switch Force 2 was no exception. This soundtrack continues the original's tradition of quirky, high-energy tracks that meld perfectly with the game and with your playlist.
(Editor's note: Seriously, this album is fantastic. Definitely give it a listen! - Jason C.)
Sonic After the Sequel Original Soundtrack
Many fans may still think that Sonic Team is going the wrong way with the blue hedgehog, but with a strong community of people that make quality Sonic fans games and ROM hacks, fans don't have to look too far for some new classic Sonic goodness. Sonic: After the Sequel is a fan game that takes place, you guessed it, after Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and attempts to explain some of the events that happened in Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
The soundtrack, as you would expect, is composed of all new tracks with that classic Sonic feel in mind, so if you're looking for something that sounds like the old Sonic tunes but is completely new, then this is worth a download.
Fist Puncher Soundtrack
Fist Puncher is another Kickstarter success... but it's not quite released yet. This old-school inspired brawler is still in its alpha state, but that doesn't stop its soundtrack from being complete and free to listen to! These twelve tracks fit the brawling game nicely, with tense tracks that will get the blood flowing.
Sample Tracks: You'll have to go to the download link!
Banjo Kazooie Beta's
This is... kind of a weird album. Kirk Granthope found some betas of some of the tracks he was writing for... and just decided to release them. Not even he knows what the tracks were for (at least the ones that aren't recognizable), or even why some are named the way they are. Regardless, they're all there to download and listen to. It's pretty interesting to see how Granthope's music develops, in the least.
Sample Tracks: You have to check the Bandcamp page!
Oldie but Still a Freebie!
Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run
2011 was the Metroid series' 25th anniversary. Unfortunately, the series didn't give much love to the famous bounty hunter and her exploits... thankfully, fans did. Composers got together and created Harmony of a Hunter, filled with remixes of tracks from the Metroid series. About a year later, the 101% Run was released, a bit of an 'expansion' of the first, offering some new tracks on previously forgotten tracks. If you're a Metroid fan, this album is part of a perfect collection.
That's all for June's free albums! There seem to be a few regulars missing (though understandable after Shiryu's massive release last month), but hopefully the summer will inspire more musicians to create some gaming music for us all to enjoy!
Which album was your favorite? Any remixes or musicians you're hoping to see in July? Let me know in the comments below!