Spiral Knights OST: Adorably Awesome
Recently I’ve been going through my old games, and I picked up Spiral Knights, a free-to-play MMO from Three Rings (yeah, the guys who do Puzzle Pirates). I was first attracted to the game b/c the artist from one of my favourite comics was the game’s lead artist, but once I started playing, I pretty much didn’t stop.
Sure, that’s partly due to Three Rings’ devious monetization schemes, and also partly due to the fact that I love the art style so much. However, that only takes you so far. Even the gameplay, while fun, is unremarkable. I think part of the reason I enjoy it so much is the game’s soundtrack.
I think the best way to describe the soundtrack is to compare it to the visual design. Take a look at the game – it’s freaking adorable. Every aspect is like a ‘kawaii’ caricature of something else; the knights are rounded and huge-eyed, the colours are bright and bloomy, and even the monsters are cute. I mean look at that freaking ghost. Yeah.
“Stylized, cute caricatures” is the concept I’m getting at, and kinda the best way to describe the soundtrack. Below is the theme for just wandering around “Haven,” the common area from whence you adventure.
It’s cute, it’s lighthearted, and it’s super catchy and ambient. It’s the kind of music to make you feel good about just wandering around the rounded adorable cityscape.
Then you get into a fight, and this breaks out:
Still super cute, but more interesting and dark with a definite pushing force. And those are the ‘standard’ themes. “Undead” plays on the graveyard levels, “Shock” plays on the kinda techno-punk levels, and “Construct” plays for the the level made snarkily to look like an office (down to the Pit Boss who “may need you to come in on the weekend”). All of those songs share the overall style, but fit very nicely to their different archetypical levels.
The soundtrack is pretty much perfect for the style of the game; it’s friendly, unimposing, and I could happily listen to it for hours. So if you’re looking for adorable background music, the Spiral Knights OST is the way to go.