Written By: Warren C. Bennett
Welcome back to another edition of Game Travels! After taking a week off for Thanksgiving, we are back and grooving to some excellent tunes.
Since Treasure Hunter G is the last game produced by Square for the Super Famicom, the music is sports that cool 16-bit synthesized sound that always marked a Square release. However, there seems to be no real unifying force behind the music. Unlike many of the SNES era Final Fantasy titles or even Chrono Trigger, there wasn’t just one man who wrote the music found in Treasure Hunter G. The game has a total of six different composers: Hitashi Sakimoto, Mitsuhito Tanaka (aka John Pee), Masaharu Iwata, Toshiaki Sakodo, Yoko Takada, Tomoko Matsui, and Akiko Goto. A Square Music fan might recognize a few of these names from other Square Enix products. Many of them went on to write music for games of their own.
The soundtrack to this game has both ups and downs. There are some great pieces, but there are also some that seem a little inferior to the past Square offerings. This could be from the shoving together of so many styles in to one cartridge, or it could be the fact this was Square’s swan song for Nintendo.
Since the game has hit the internet, the soundtrack is available for almost anyone to enjoy. This is a boon to all JRPG and Music lovers everywhere, since we can get a taste of the compositions without having to import the massive 73 track CD. There are many ways to listen to the soundtrack, but YouTube is probably the easiest. The whole soundtrack is available on the site from various up-loaders. I found my three favorite clips from the soundtrack for your listening pleasure.
One of my favorite cuts from the soundtrack is called “Sad Freedom.” Created by John Pee, this is a melancholy piece that seems to reflect the sadness of fading memories and lost youth. Though the tune can be a tad upbeat in places, it really makes me think of the mistakes I’ve made in my past and of lost friends.
Going the complete opposite direction is “Go! Go! Kids” composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto. This is a rousing tune set to a martial beat. It tasks the listener with getting up, going out, and taking life by the horns. If there is a battle, you must fight! If there is a quest, you must go on an adventure! This piece wants the listener to be an active part of events, not just let life happen.
The third track is called “Just like the Mountain, he will not move.” It is another composition by John Pee and shares a little of the melancholy nature of “Sad Freedom.” Yet, it also has a bit of an upbeat tone. It combines the typical synth style of early Square games with a salsa back beat, creating both a sad and optimistic experience.
To see a list of the entire soundtrack, click here to go to the SNES Music website. Fantasy Anime also has a download for those that can’t get enough of 90’s era Midi music: Use those tracks to create the best Tripod website you can!
Overall, I’d rate this soundtrack as one of my favorites. The music may be a little uneven, but it is a good listen. It takes me back to the days of playing Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger on the gray and purple box. Although the soundtrack isn’t fully orchestrated, it is superior to many I hear in video games today.