We’re moving onto Volume 3 in Mammoth Gamer’s Halloween-themed video game music playlist! Put on some headphones and join us as we bring in Halloween with some great music coming at you daily. These are some of our favorites. Are they yours? You might just pick up something new. Enjoy!
Ripple Star Catacombs – Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
We’re starting off today’s list with Nintendo’s cutest pink puffball. If you don’t agree that the term “pink puff” screams Halloween you would be dead wrong. In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Kirby ventures to a neighboring planet called Ripple Star, where the planet and its inhabitants are slowly being taken over by Dark Matter. There’s something clever happening in this level of the game. You see, access to Ripple Star comes late in the game, but it resembles the simplicity and cutesy look of the first stage in the game. As you progress further into the stage, the sky begins to grow darker and darker until your surroundings grow dark and ominous. That’s not the only way that Kirby 64 is messed up. There’s another planet in this game called Shiver Star, a planet that has undergone a new ice age. The precursor species of Shiver Star went extinct, and thus became a post-apocalyptic world. Upon closer inspection of Shiver Star from the galaxy map, you’ll find that the planet’s continents are really those of planet Earth!
Mystic Mansion – Sonic Heroes
Here’s a more lighthearted approach for Halloween, that also turns out to be very catchy. Mystic Mansion from Sonic Heroes made great use out of chimes to give the feel of a spooky, haunted mansion. Then the song breaks out into a funky techno beat that sounds like it’d be perfect for a ghostly rave. The stage itself is also fun to speed through. Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles have to navigate between the mansion and its many towers, but there’s traps, pitfalls, and optical illusions within the stage to overcome. It’s easy to get lost or confused in this tricky labyrinth of a mansion, and this piece of music made me want to jump in there and turn the volume up in spite of that. Leave it to Sonic the Hedgehog to turn a menacing place into the place to party.
Mad Monster Mansion – Banjo-Kazooie
Continuing with the theme of haunted mansions, Mad Monster Mansion from Banjo-Kazooie is one of the more eccentric and adventurous themes in our broad playlist. Banjo and Kazooie must explore an imposing mansion, its cellar, its prickly garden maze, and even its toilet. That’s correct. In this area of the game the witch doctor, Mumbo Jumbo, transforms Banjo and Kazooie into a tiny pumpkin. Banjo’s pumpkin form allows players to reach inaccessible areas. Sure enough, and if you’re curious to see what will happen, flushing yourself down the toilet earns you one of the game’s many Jiggies. What I found most disturbing as a kid, however, was the chapel just outside of the mansion. Sure it had its own graveyard, but have you noticed when you enter the chapel, everything from the pews and organ is strangely oversized? Who or what is that huge?
Frantic Factory – Donkey Kong 64
There’s something very ominous about toys come to life around this time of year. It doesn’t matter if it’s in movies, books, or in video games, it still gives me the creeps. In Donkey Kong 64 all the Kongs eventually head to a place in the game called Frantic Factory. It’s one of my favorite areas in the entire game, and had a unique boss fight too. An endearing and jolly feeling might come to mind when you think about a toy factory, but Frantic Factory is anything but that. The many winding hallways are actually dark and poorly lit. Not only would Kremlings be on the lookout for you, but wind-up toys would stalk the halls to cut off your progress. The creepy factor could be dialed back a bit because players can find oversized arcade cabinets of the original Donkey Kong arcade game, as well as one for Jetpac, one of Rareware’s first games. Earning a high score in these arcade games gets you the Nintendo Coin and the Rareware Coin, which are required to complete the game’s story.
Phazon Mines – Metroid Prime
No matter what game you think about in the series, Metroid has always been especially good at lighting a fire to their own nightmare fuel. The Phazon Mines in Metroid Prime begins rather expectantly. It begins in a small canyon where the Space Pirates attempt to stop you from going deeper into the mine. That’s where the horror comes knocking. Shadow Pirates use cloaking technology to make them invisible to the naked eye. Their efforts to stop Samus are also in vain. As Samus ventures ever deeper into the mine, the titular Metroids appear, and it turns out the Space Pirates are conducting experiments on them with the use of Phazon to mutate them. Not only that but numerous Space Pirate data logs reveal that they’ve begun conducting experiments on their own soldiers. Reports of “Phazon Fever”, or dementia and increased hostility due to Phazon radiation, spring up everywhere. Horribly mutated Space Pirates, twice the size than normal, attack Samus on site. Eventually Samus must battle the Omega Pirate, the perfect balance of Phazon experimentation and Space Pirate technology.
Thanks again for tuning in to our Halloween-themed video game music playlist! What are some of your favorite creepy tunes from your favorite games? Did you miss Vol. 1 or Vol. 2? Halloween is nearly upon us! We’ll see you next time right here at Mammoth Gamers!