Eight Terrifying Pieces of Video Game Music to Listen to on Halloween
Video game music tends to leave a lasting impression on most gamers and the right track can make levels and/or moments from any game much more memorable. From a horror perspective, music can help create a dreadful, haunting atmosphere that creates unsettling feelings inside the player. To celebrate the Halloween occasion, we’d like to share eight pieces of video game music that has choked us with its cold, clammy hands ever since the first listen.
River Twygz Bed – Super Paper Mario
Super Paper Mario was hit or miss for a lot of fans, but there’s no denying the uneasy feeling that the River Twygs Bed theme emits. What makes this particular theme even creepier is the fact that the river was created from the tears of sinners and its real-life connection to the Greek mythological river known as the Styx River, a body of water separating the living from the dead.
Save Room Theme – Resident Evil 2
Admittedly, this theme is more calming in nature, but that’s what makes it all the more terrifying. Save rooms in all Resident Evil games give players a chance to catch their breath and this theme supports that notion. However, the haunting piano track reminds players that while this is a moment of peace, something terrible is most definitely waiting on the other side of that door.
Hidden Message – Sonic CD
Most gamers probably never experienced this terrifying screen when they first played the game, but those that did are still haunted by its twisted music and the look of terror on Sonic’s face.
Woods – Anodyne
Anodyne is a title that manages to create a unique feeling that doesn’t exist in many video games. It’s clear from the get go that Anodyne sports an unsettling atmosphere, but this particular theme from the woods area is downright evil. I had trouble choosing just one song to represent this game because the game hosts many anxiety-ridden themes. If you want to sample more creepy tracks from Anodyne, please check out the Fields and Street themes.
Editor’s note: Anodyne is my favourite indie gaming experience of 2013. Head over to the Anodyne website to check out either the game and its soundtrack.
Lavender Town Theme – Pokemon Red/Blue
As a kid, I always thought something wasn’t quite right with Lavender and now that I am able to comprehend the seriousness of true evil, I find Lavender Town to be one of the creepiest places – from any video game – to visit. It’s not only known as a graveyard for late Pokémon, but also as the place where a Marawak was murdered by members of Team Rocket. If that story isn’t enough to give you the “heebie-jeebies”, listen to the town’s theme song while reading this Creepypasta.
Gigyas Battle – Earthbound
I’m playing through Earthbound at the moment and it’s definitely a unique, strange experience. While it has humor aplenty, Earthbound also has moments like this one, the terrifying battle with Gigyas. I’ll let the track speak for itself.
Light and Darkness – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Honestly, I don’t remember much about Twilight Princess, though I’ll never be able to forget the music that plays over the scene introducing the Interlopers. It begins innocently enough, but soon dives into a pit of despair, concluding with the maniacal laughs of a million Ilias.
Regenerator – Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 isn’t one of the scarier games in the series, but encountering a Regenerator for the first time was a downright terrifying experience. Unless players kill the invisible parasites on the Regenerator’s body, they will continuously regenerate any limbs that they may have lost. Normally, the player will encounter this enemy in tight spaces, making the encounters even more terrifying.