Get Lost in the Adventure: The Music of Fez

The past meets the future with 8-bit video game music in Fez.

The new Polytron Corporation game Fez, which comes to Windows PC on May 1st through GOG.com and Steam, is just the ticket if you have a hankering for the good ol’ days of Game Boy and Nintendo 64. The 2D style in a 3D world plus the 8-bit-inspired soundtrack is nostalgic with a twist.

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One of the goals of the game is to create the ultimate ambiance for your adventure. The music invigorates your imagination even without the game; if that’s the case, imagine how much it adds to the escapades of Gomez, the little 2D rascal. Some of it is psychedelic space jams, while some of it makes you want to lie on the beach with a margarita. One song, “Continuum,” is actually an arrangement of Chopin’s Prelude Op. 28, No. 4—how cool is that?! (Classical music nerd here, don’t run away!) “Home” has to be my favorite; it’s reminiscent of Final Fantasy VII and VIII’s intro music with its 8-bit triplet goodness.

There’s also a remix album out, FZ: F Side, which released April 20, 2013 with various artists’ contributions such as Monomer and Datassette. The original songs get textured electronic makeovers that are just as atmospheric and fun. Really, the true essence of Fez is fun—you aren’t penalized for dying, there aren’t any bosses or combat instances, you’re just there for a good time and treasure. The music, original and new, makes a point of showing that off.

The original soundtrack is by Disasterpeace and is on sale for just $7 and FZ: F Side is on sale for only $5, both available at disasterpeace.com. You can also purchase individual tracks of the FZ: F Side for $1 each. Those are great prices for outstanding indie music albums if you enjoy entrancing, bodacious tunes!

Listen, purchase and download the original Fez soundtrack here and the remix here.


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