Choicest VGM - VGM #307 - SimIsle: Missions in the Rainforest - Track 4

Screenshot from SimIsle: MIssions in the Rainforest

Soundtrack composed by: Harry Holmwood

This is probably one of the more obscure Maxis titles when compared to the likes of The Sims or indeed SimCity. While Maxis developed its fair share of classic games during its heyday (I consider the 1990s its heyday despite the mega-successful Sims franchise starting in 2000) they also published games too, such as A-Train, SimTower and the game where this soundtrack comes from called SimIsle: Missions in the Rainforest. I found the game to be quite a challenge when I originally played it but it had an interesting premise: you basically run what seems to be a Western multinational corporation exploiting the natural resources of some unnamed South-East Asian archipelago (let's call it Indonesia). Booooooo!

Okay, wait a minute, it wasn't as clear-cut as that. Yes you could potentially go down that path but it usually results in an unhappy indigenous population as well as severe damage and pollution to the environment. You basically have to balance the need to improve the economy (and improving the population's quality of living with it) while ensuring you don't totally bulldoze and strip mine the island. It reminds me of an earlier version of Tropico to a degree without the politics and continual references to "El Presidente".

Anyway hope you enjoy what sounds like a dance party track complete with cheesy crowd sound effect at 1:02 - awwwww yeah.

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