Geodrop Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Geodrop by Chris Huelsbeck.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 18
Album Excellence: 100%
GeoDrop HD is a 2015 mobile game developed by Stefan Kogler and offers a new challenge beyond the usual match–3 game mechanics! Here is the new challenge: Create clusters of blocks with the same color. 2 stars inside the cluster removes the cluster. Special blocks like bombs or joker helps you to accomplish this mission. The score is composed by Chris Huelsbeck.
Well I admit it. My only interest in this game is the score by Chris Huelsbeck. Huelsbeck is sort of a legend in the retro gaming world having creates stunning scores to classics such as Apidya, Turrican, The Great Giana Sisters, X-Out and more.I used to own an Amiga and his music always impressed me and I’m glad he’s still around creating music. Sadly this is a short one though and it’s called EP so I guess that pretty much gives it away. There are 4 tracks in all starting with the main theme called ‘GeoDrop Theme’ which is as addicting as you would expect a Huelsbeck theme to be. The swirling synths and the hazy background percussion is heroin for the musical mind, my mind at least. ‘Shapes (from GeoDrop)’ is another addictive track using the same mechanism as the main theme. The swirling flanging synth sequence and the occasional synth pad covering the background. Despite not being the main theme, I enjoy the theme Huelsbeck has created for this cue even more. I love the 80s style guitar he puts in there. It’s subtle, but for someone like me who grew up in the 80s, it feels familiar and warm.
Speaking of warmth, check out the opening synth sequence in the next cue ‘Colors (from GeoDrop)’. That brings me back. It’s obviously of a higher quality than what was the norm for the Amiga, but the essence of it is there. In the Amiga days, melody was key, not big flashy effects or orchestral music. This is what Huelsbeck always did so well and still does. He will always be a personal hero of mine, up there with my 80s synth heroes Vangelis, Harold Faltermeyer, Jan Hammer, Paul Hertzog, Sylvester Levay and the rest. Finally Huelsbeck ends the score with the 8 minute long ‘GeoDrop Remix Medley’ which is basically a suite of all that’s good in this score, and let’s face it, that’s pretty much everything in this score. So to sum it up, it’s yet another winner from Mr. Huelsbeck.
1. Geodrop Theme
2. Shapes (From GeoDrop)
3. Colors (From GeoDrop)
4. GeoDrop Remix Medley