Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Five Bucks to Burn: Tower of Heaven by flashygoodness

This is a series dedicated to Indie Game Music whose albums are good but don't get enough recognition to mainstream gamers. Why not put this with a Lost in the Music? Some albums, while very good, are sadly too short to warrant a full article.

However these albums are good and deserve a mention. The people behind these albums are incredibly talented and they deserve to be recognized. Five Bucks to Burn will showcase these artists.

Tower of Heaven aka is a classic sidescroller platformer. It uses Gameboy style graphics and colour scheme mixed with it's brutal Nintendo Hard gameplay and had it been longer, the game would feel right at home on the old brick but if you are good enough you can beat it in under an hour. The game is a solid, if frustrating sometimes due to the laws system the game has implemented, but otherwise I find it a joy and an incredible way to kill a coffee break.

The soundtrack is what makes this game a real gem. The album, much like the game itself is nice and small. Coming in at only 16 minutes, this is by far one of the shortest albums I have ever reviewed. However, as the old saying goes, great things come in small packages, and this album fits the criteria. flashygoodness did a remarkable job on this soundtrack. Like many of his contemporaries, flashygoodness is capable of invoking emotions while listening to his music. From the awe inspiring with tracks like The Lonely Tower to the melancholy like Farewell Traveller, these songs are capable of stirring up emotions.

Tower of Heaven is a fun game for when you are bored and can kill some time. The soundtrack is a fantastic album and you can buy it on flashygoodness' bandcamp for only a dollar. This is a superb soundtrack and well worth the price of a cup of coffee.

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