Saturday, July 12, 2008

Great Gaming Music #5: The 7th Guest

I am disproportionately fond of haunted house stories. I have, for example, a deep and forbidden love for classic Vincent Price B-movie House on Haunted Hill, to the point that I've watched it a good dozen or so times and am still prepared to come back for more.

Likewise, I have a near-endless tolerance for The 7th Guest, a point-'n'-click puzzler from the era of Myst, despite the fact that it is, by nearly any objective measure, Not A Good Game (TM). A huge chunk of that affection comes from the brilliant musical score by George Alistair "The Fat Man" Sanger.

Sanger is a prolific early 90s game composer whose other notable works include Loom, Maniac Mansion, Wing Commander, Ultima Underworld and The 11th Hour. It's fair to say that his compositions are the beginning and end of Western gaming music between 1990 and 1995.

The actual disc that The 7th Guest came on could be played as an audio CD, in the way of many titles of that time, to reveal the complete game soundtrack, including an extended version of the main theme featuring additional vocals. Sadly my trawling of YouTube hasn't yielded a copy of that song to post here, which is a sadness that cannot be described using only pitiful Earth languages.

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