Soundtrack review: The mighty quest for epic loot (Jamie Christopherson – 2015)
“The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot” is a free-to-play real-time strategy video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal. The game combines castle defense and dungeon crawling mechanics, allowing players to build their own castle and to attack those built by other players in order to collect various in-game resources such as Crowns, Gold, and Gear. Jamie Christopherson wrote the score.
First thing I notice are the funny pun names of the cues. They remind me of Michael Giacchino’s quirk. But the smile you might see on my face if you were looking at me while I listened to this score isn’t related to that. The smile comes from the infectiously fun and playful tone of the music. I say playful even if it wants to be epic and inspirational. It is but there is something in the music (maybe the alert rhythm? Maybe the horns?) that keep that smile on my face. The music makes me think of armies coming together and going to war but cartoon armies or miniature armies, nothing serious and threatening. This duality makes the score all the more delicious.
As the music progresses something pinches me. I look closer and see a miniature pirate swinging on a miniature chandelier and smashing into me. This is why the sound is so much fun! It’s that epic pirate sound (not the more accurate and stringy one developed by Bear McCreary for “Black sails”) which I adored in scores like “Cutthroat Island” or “The pirates of the Caribbean”. If you do this sound right you can’t miss and Jamie Christopherson delivers and swashbuckling score that makes my heart sing.
I can also imagine how much fun it would be to actually play a part in something that had this music in the background. Can’t do that in a movie but the gaming world was made just for that and I would love to sample this game and be part of the story. I can imagine how inspirational “His magic wind” would sound if I was actually building my own castle.
I will keep this score close and try it for my running playlists. Its exuberance and optimism might me just what I need to forget about fatigue. The music is not heavy or dramatic. It’s just fun, alert and effervescent and I am happy to have discovered it. There’s something really addictive about this sound and I might just listen to “The mighty quest for epic loot” once again when it’s over.
Cue rating: 92 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 16 / 27
Album excellence: 59%
Highlights: A Call to Harm
(I’ve Had) The Crime of My Life
A Loose Movement in Thirds
No Symphony from Me
Got Your Junk (in a Box)