Soundtrack Review: Portal Knights

Soundtrack Review: Portal Knights

Portal Knights Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Portal Knights by The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 90.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 43.9
Album Excellence: 47.2%

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Portal Knights is a 2016 video game developed by Keen Games and published by 505 Games. It’s available now as an Early Access title on Steam for Microsoft Windows. Leave the familiar world behind and step into the fantastic unknown with Portal Knights! Play with your friends in this action-packed crafting adventure across dozens of sandbox islands connected by ancient portals. No one can remember how long it’s been since the peaceful world was torn apart by The Fracture, plummeting it into darkness. Is there any soul brave enough to reunite the shattered realm? Craft your adventure. Forge your hero. Become the ultimate Portal Knight! The score is composed by The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra.

The game has been described as Zelda meets Minecraft which is not a bad thing except it must add to the pressure. People seem to enjoy it though on Steam with 781 positive against 155 negative reviews which is quite excellent. The score should be quite interesting as well and I won’t take that Zelda and Minecraft thing too seriously, but I wonder which way it will go, more adventurous Zelda style music or more atmospheric Minecraft style music. The score opens with the title cue ‘The Portal Knights’, a quite empirious and strong main theme. It has the heroic element and it also feels a bit medieval in style. The music isn’t in the realm of chip music, it has a more orchestral flair to it which makes it all even more interesting. This is boding well for the rest of the score and the next cue ‘Step Through The Portal’ doesn’t disappoint. It is a more evil sounding (and slightly funny) anthem. I love the subtle use of choir. It gives the music more of a presence. The dark Lord Of The Rings inspired horns makes for a great counterpiece.

I would say that this score is definitely more in the Zelda realm. The music is adventurous and fun. I would expect this in a big adventure game with a big story. Well maybe there’s too much music for an adventure game but you get the gist. For a crafting adventure sand box type of game I am surprised and overjoyed with the amount of music here and it’s not bad music either. The music is very enjoyable and definitely adventurous and quite mysterious as well. I feel the magic here and with music like this you want to explore and find new areas and things you do because you never know when a new beautiful musical piece shows up. There are distinctiveness to the areas as well. There’s no reason Crimson Woods should sound the same as Burning Sands because they are obviously very different game areas and they aren’t. ‘Burning Sands’ has a desert feel to it with ethnic percussion and Arabic sounding flute. This score sounds like a Harry Potter game at times, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just the “magic” vibe it has going for it. Sometimes the music can be too simplistic perhaps, but I appreciate what the composer is doing and for the most part I enjoyed it. The only thing I could wish for is that some of the music would be a little more complex or busy. I enjoy the occasional minimalistic piece like ‘Dusty Mountains’, but since the music is so interesting and good, I would love to “embellish” the music a bit. Still, just a minor niggle to what is a very fun and entertaining score.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. The Portal Knights
2. Step Through The Portal
3. Peaceful Hills
4. Crimson Woods
5. Burning Sands
7. Desolate Den
8. Silent Snowdrift
10. The Worm Pit
11. Ancient Worlds
15. Turquoise Tundra
17. The End Of A Day
24. Yucca Yard
25. Caress Of Callisto
27. World’s End
29. Fuming Grounds
30. Clockwork (Bonus)
31. Ice (Bonus)
34. Is The Story Complete?

GD Star Rating
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Soundtrack Review: Portal Knights, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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