Featuring The Guardian Legend and ragtime.
Greetings fellow game music lovers,
since summer is in full swing, let's have a look at some games that time has forgotton but which nevertheless were pretty good in the day. On of these is Guardian Legend, a hybrid between metroidvania, top-down rpg and shmup from 1988. You are on a hostile planet navigating your character through a zelda-esque overworld collecting discovering new areas and getting currency for buying upgrades. Occasionally you will find a "Corridor", a sub level which is purely shmup and has a boss character. Opening the corridor will feature the following tune:
The structure of this song reminds of the piano grips from the ragtime songs of the early 20th century:
F. B. Stone - "Rheu-Ma-Tiz" (1910):
J. L. Schetter - "The Rinkey Dink" (1901):
William Benton Overstreet - "The Jazz Dance (1917):
Although these are pretty happy and the spooky tone were probably added later in music history:
The Ohio Players - "I Want To Be Free" (1974):
Some more forgotten stuff next week!