I Can’t Escape Darkness Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score I Can’t Escape Darkness by Chase Bethea.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 55.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 0
Album Excellence: 0%
I Can’t Escape: Darkness is a 2015 video game developed and published by Fancy Fish Games. It’s an atmospheric horror adventure game that pulls you into a living dungeon where everything conspires against your escape. It is an immersive journey into the unknown, personified by the Darkness itself. Your odds of escape are slim, and when you fail, the dungeon will change before you can try again. Defend yourself from the Darkness with whatever light you can find; once your light burns out, the Darkness will consume you. The score is composed by Chase Bethea.
Atmospheric horror games are popular this year. I’m not playing many games, but I’ve noticed the trend on Steam. The best horror game score I’ve heard this year is Solarix so I’m hoping to hear something similar here. I’m ready to be scared. The score opens with ‘Enigmatic’ a short but weird cue featuring some distorted voices and that’s about it really. Interesting, good even. ‘Right Of Passage 1st Floor – Faith’ is next, also a strange one featuring repeating and odd vocal patterns and an eerie but not necessarily scary atmosphere. But if you think it’s been weird so far, wait until you’ve heard ‘Right Of Passage 2nd Floor – Liminality’ which contains no music just an echoing voice saying crazy things and doing some breathing exercises. Ok. It’s kind of creepy, but I really dislike it.
Now I understand, Or I think I understand why the choice was made to make the score the way it is. It’s unique, it’s interesting and provided the player with some unsettling and disturbing music to go along. This is certainly music you probably would notice when playing, but not much. I know that I am listening on it on album and it’s really hard to grasp, really hard to understand and enjoy. I think it’s absolutely necessary, in fact I am convinced, that I would need to play the game to have any kind of enjoyment of this. It simply does not work well in album for or is there something I’m missing? I’d love to hear some comments on it if anyone has heard this. What do you think of the score?