- Reviewed by: Mark Goninon
- Name: Doctor Kvorak's Obliteration Game Official Soundtrack
- Label: Freekstorm
- Composer(s): Richard Bang
- Number of Tracks: 17
While Doctor Kvorak's Obliteration Game is an entertaining puzzle game in its own right I also started to appreciate the game's soundtrack, to the point I thought "to hell with it" and I ended up purchasing the soundtrack off Steam for $5 USD.
The soundtrack consists of 17 tracks which I believe (roughly) follow the order that they're introduced in the game (with the possible exception of "Deity in White" since I believe this plays during the game's introduction video). All 17 tracks are 320 kbps MP3 files.
Much of the music on this soundtrack seems inspired by 90s dance, 80s synthpop and retro VGM, which I'm totally fine with! It's hard to know where to begin when mentioning my favourites but I'll give it a shot.
In terms of tracks that seem inspired by 80s music, there are many, starting with the very first track and main theme, "Islands in the Sky": it's got a robotic, mechanical, Kraftwerk feel to it that works well. You also have the catchy, toe-tapping, Erasure-like "Fourbuttons and a door", "Spacial Occlusion" which sounds like something by Depeche Mode, the very danceable, feet stomping "MicMac Arrives" (complete with 80s synth claps) and the cheerful, bouncy, "TikTok" which has got a bit of Sabrina Salerno in it.
You've also got tracks with a 90s feel like "The Machine Room" which sounds like an Industrial mix of a Haddaway single. Tracks that are reminiscent of video game music from the 90s include "Progressive Observations" which seems like mish-mash of something from Star Control 2, Ultima 6 along with hints of dubstep.
The rest of the music on this album isn't as remarkable as the tracks already just mentioned as they're either too ambient or creepy for my tastes; "Empty Vessel" I like the least as it's just ambient, spooky, sci-fi music you'd probably hear in the background of a game like Half-Life.
Score – 7/10If you're into catchy dance music from the 80s and 90s (think Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Haddaway and even Sabrina Salerno) mixed with VGM from that same era, that's pretty much all of the best tracks in a nutshell on the official soundtrack for Doctor Kvorak's Obliteration Game. Most of the tracks on this album are worth a listen but the rest I could do without.
If you're interested in purchasing the soundtrack, it's available for $4.99 USD on Steam.