Fossil Echo Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Fossil Echo by John Robert Matz.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 93.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 50.5
Album Excellence: 78.9%
Fossil Echo is a 2016 indie action adventure game developed and published by Awaceb. Fossil Echo is a short and challenging, story driven platformer with hand drawn 2D graphics. Set in a fantastical world, it tells a wordless tale of adventure and mystery. Influenced by the Oddworld series, Ico & Shadow of the Colossus, as well as Studio Ghibli films, Fossil Echo tells the story of a young boy and his journey to climb a giant tower in the middle of the sea. How he got there, and, more importantly, Why? are questions that will be answered via playable flashbacks during his ascent. And for those willing to meet the challenge, eight temples offer some insight on the game’s lore and back-story. The score is composed by John Robert Matz.
This looks like a charming game, wonderful graphics from what I’ve seen and an interesting story. Looks like the kind of game which would be perfectly suited for some great music to accompany the gorgeous visuals. The score opens with ‘The Island, The Tower’ and I’m super impressed right away. The flute and the little opening motif sounds amazing. After that you can hear the sea in the background while the music plays and it gets a bit scary as well as the story unfolds. It’s all very beautiful to listen to though. I feel like I’m part of the story right away and the music is easily enjoyed. ‘At The Foot Of The Fortress / Racing The Wind’ is like a sequel to the opening cue. It’s a bit tense, but I love the mood Matz has created here and based on the trailer I’ve seen of the game, it is very much what I had hoped it would sound like.
The music opens up with ‘Jungle, Temple, Mural’. The flute is the instrument that is most effective here as it has been so far. The theme is quite nice as well, nothing too memorable though but I think this score is more about mood. When you play it, you hear the music, but it’s not disturbing but following you along the way, like a dear old friend. Even without the game itself, the score has so much going for it that it works perfectly as an adventurous fantasy score on it’s own. The music fits the adventure in your real life whether you explore the city, the forests or the mountains. I am inspired by it and will probably make a custom playlist to use for my walks. This is a haunting score, a score you should find and buy right now.
1. The Island, The Tower
2. At The Foot Of The Fortress / Racing The Wind
3. Kindling The Fire
4. Jungle, Temple, Mural
6. Dawn / Feather Chase / Into The Shadows
8. The Desert Bazaar
11. The Forest And The Fire
14. The Ladder
15. Sunset On The Savannah
16. A Tree To Rest Under, A Trunk To Sleep Against
17. The Old Man And The Great Owl
18. Into The Caves
19. From The Roots To The Boughs
21. A Temple Above The Clouds
23. The Door, A Friend, The End
25. Main Theme
26. Greenlight Trailer Soundtrack
27. Release Trailer