One of the most wonderful things about game music, and indeed music in general, is its incredible staying power. All it takes is a hint of a game’s theme to bring the entire experience rushing back! I was recently reminded of a old favorite just like that in fact. All thanks to the theme from its first level.
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The game, Jurassic Park 2: The Chaos Continues, itself isn’t anything too special, but it does hold some distinction from being one of the few competent games attached to the Jurassic Park license. It’s a side-scrolling shoot ’em up, that tasks players with saving Isla Nublar from T-Rex, Velociraptors, and the private army of BioSyn, InGen’s rival company. The shooting is fun, but it’s definitely the music that makes the game shine. I’ve always felt that it managed to convey so much more than the rest of the game ever could, and this theme particularly stands out in my opinion.
The track is titled “Dark Jungle”. It’s more our less what one would expect for a jungle theme, but it really does fit, and not just the jungle setting of the level. The games sets up the situation as quite dire, and that idea feels at the root of the theme. It’s subtle; dark tones and humming underneath the lively bongo beat and flourishes of the flute. It perfectly describes where you are in the game: alone in a jungle, prepared but with danger looming over more and more with every step forward! Absolutely exceptional!
What’s your take on this theme? Do you recall any tracks that have stuck with you over the years even though their game(s) weren’t anything special?