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Fortune Quest: Roll the Dice

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Catalog Number: VICL-548
Released On: August 24, 1994
Composed By: Fumitaka Anzai, Takeshi Saitoh
Arranged By: Fumitaka Anzai, Takeshi Saitoh
Published By: Victor Entertainment
Recorded At: Studio JIVE, Victor AOYAMA Studio, Consipia Studio, Studio Apricot
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Roll the Dice Theme
02 - Go by Dashing!
03 - Rock-Paper-Scissors Victory
04 - Be Careful on a Dark Night
05 - Wana Warehouse Theme
06 - Dungeon
07 - Boss Game
08 - Fun Shopping
09 - Hipo Pan Card
10 - Shock! Steelyard Disaster
11 - Yodelay-Hee at Hawkins Mountain
12 - Special Monster Entrance
13 - Quest Conclusion / The Secret Word is Piropiropii
Total Time:
51'17"

You wanna hear something ridiculous? Hunt down this album. This bit of arranged goodness has some incredible, live instrumental, performances on it. And it's all for some old RPG called "Fortune Quest." The artwork on the CD case should give you an idea of what you're in for. Take the silliest tracks from Super Mario World, and multiply by that by ten. That's Fortune Quest.

"Rock Paper Scissors" seems to spoof the old Batman theme song, which is hilarious. Track 11, as the title suggests, has some ridiculous yodeling. It actually sounds good, though. It's really catchy stuff. When they cue the crowd cheering for him in his yodeling solo, I always crack up laughing.

Anzai and Saitoh did an amazing job with this soundtrack. Almost every track is great, but the sampled tracks are my favorites. Sampled voices in track 10 remind me of decent techno from the early '90s, and the ending track's silly chorus line (again) had me laughing in my seat. This album is really something special, something that fans of weird, obscure VGM should check out.

Reviewed by: C.J.



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