My current undertaking is for a music-based puzzle game called Break Blocks, which is being developed by Greater Good Games. The team is composed of three people: a programmer, an artist, and a composer (myself.) The game is turning out great, especially for being made by such a small team. The coolest part about it is that all extra revenue will be donated to various, to-be-determined-and-specified charities. Hence the name “Greater Good.”
I was initially approached by Dayle Flowers, a programmer at Tripwire Interactive (developers of the Red Orchestra games and Killing Floor.) He told me the premise, mentioned the charity thing, said both he and Noah Wood (artist) had day-jobs and this was being made on the side. This was perfect for me, still working a day-job while pursuing the dream in the early mornings, with lots of coffee (a bit of this and a lot of that. Black. None of that cream and sugar nonsense.)
The theme of the game is break dancing. The player clears puzzle pieces, created by his hitting the keys on the beat of the bass line, to make the character engage in various dance moves and outperform the opponent. There is a large variety of characters, each calling for their own style of music. My job is to create non-looping music that provides a steady bass line for the player to follow when creating the pieces.
While the game is based on break dancing, the soundtrack will follow the usual break dance music styles loosely. Instead of limiting the style, it will contain as much variety as has the cast of characters. This has been a lot of fun, intertwined with some frustration due to the mix of styles I am not very familiar with. Thankfully, the fun, knowledge, and experience I have gained from this project far exceeds any frustration.
The below set currently showcases the first songs for the Robot, Admiral, Beatnik, and Russian characters. The robot is certainly the odd duck, given the early 90′s hip-hop style. It was a lot of fun to create, but throughout the entire process, I had to remind myself to “embrace the cheese.”
I still have about 15 tracks to compose; there will certainly be more to come.