Monday, February 28, 2011

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - The 25th Birthday Edition

Get it? It's like the 3rd Birthday (the upcoming third installment of the Parasite Eve series) except it's the 25th Birthday! My birthday was yesterday, and I am now 25 years old (a quarter of a century old). This blog is three years old (not a quarter of a century old). Everything is getting closer to death, and that saddens me. The VGMs are here though, so that makes me happy. Last week, Kirby's Epic Yarn was finally released in Europe. To celebrate, let's dive in with five songs from that very game. I didn't even plan for this to work out this way; it just happened. Without further ado, here we go!

v666. Kirby's Epic Yarn - Flower Fields

What better way to ring in 666, the number of the devil, than the lovable powder-puff, Kirby! The next five songs are a tribute to one of the better soundtracks of 2010, Kirby's Epic Yarn! Sure, the game might have been on the easy side, but the single-player mode was nice and relaxing, co-op gameplay was great fun, and as I stated already, the soundtrack was superb. Flower Fields borrows the title theme's introduction, but it quickly shifts into something more substantial. It's a great song for a leisurely walk or something of that sort, don't you think?

v667. Kirby's Epic Yarn - VS. Fangora

Fangora is the boss of Grass Land, the first area of Kirby's Epic Yarn. Being the first boss of the game, Fangora has an easy attack pattern. Kirby simply needs to leap over its extending tongue, grab its weak point, pull, and destroy! The theme itself features synth horns which bring off the epicness of this battle. Yeah, I'm using non-words in epicness. What are you going to do about it?! That withstanding, the boss battles in Kirby's Epic Yarn weren't too challenging. Of course, if you were going for a high bead count, they could definitely be a difficult task!

v668. Kirby's Epic Yarn - Lava Landing

Lava Landing is the very first level where Kirby transforms into a fire truck. With this power, he can put out fires with a hose placed atop his cute engine exterior. Lava Landing's theme is solely supported by the piano. It starts out in the bass clef with a stirring baseline. Then it transforms into a beautiful melody on the higher end of the piano. It's a really cool, relaxing tune that gets your pulse beating to the music as you drive through a menacing volcanic atmosphere. In challenge mode, one of the challenges requires you to fly through this level, taking out lavafalls and other enemy pests in your quest to reach the finish line first.

v669. Kirby's Epic Yarn - Mushroom Run

Mushroom Run is another piece that heavily uses the piano. The piano is an instrument that is used a lot throughout the soundtrack. It's one of my personal favorite instruments. Regardless, look at dat cute Kirbeh! Look at those puppy dog eyes, yarn body, and pleasant smile. When the sinister Yin-Yarn used a magical sock to suck Kirby and friends into Prince Fluff's land where everything is made up of either fabric or yarn... and the difficulty of the game isn't that high either now that I think of it...

v670. Kirby's Epic Yarn - Outer Rings

Outer Rings is the final level in the Space Land. It's unique in the fact that it plays at the end like a vertical-scrolling shmup. With a cooperative partner, the minigame is even more thrilling and exciting! At the conclusion of the gameplay segment, you take on a boss, Kracko, a boss that has been the thorn in the side of many a Kirby player. Outer Rings' theme is particularly peppy and full of wonderful musical goodness. Give it a listen, and let me know what you think!

Kirby says peace out as he hibernates for awhile. Hopefully you snag a copy of this delightful (albeit easy) gem. Next week we're kicking it new-school with music from Marvel VS. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Super Princess Peach, and Mega Man Legends! Stay tuned, faithful listener!

1 comment:

coffeewithgames said...

Happy late birthday!

Our neighbors just purchased Kirby's Epic Yarn and are playing through it, and we may get to borrow it after they finish with it...which I'm really looking forward to.