[back cover]
Catalog Number: NACL-1224 (reprint SVWC-7055)
Released On: August 1, 1996 (reprint March 8, 2000)
Composed By: Tetsuo Ishikawa, Yoshiyuki Sahashi
Arranged By: Tetsuo Ishikawa, Yoshiyuki Sahashi
Published By: NEC Avenue (reprint SPE Visual Works)
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
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01 - Pietro's Departure
02 - Popolocrois Castle
03 - Popolocrois Castle Town
04 - Tanekin Village
05 - Gami Gami City
06 - Pasela
07 - Goblin Den
08 - Godorif
09 - Remote Beach
10 - Kanarisia
11 - Phantom Ship
12 - Unknown Island
13 - Mountain of the Sword
14 - The World of Darkness
15 - The North Land
16 - Battle & Battle
17 - The Ice Devil
18 - Once Upon A Time
19 - Attack of Gami Gami the Wizard King
20 - Flight of the Flyer Yacht
21 - Brionia Sinks
22 - Revival of the Ice Devil
23 - Pietro Faints
24 - Pietro vs. the Ice Devil
25 - Meeting With Sania
26 - The History of Brionia
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Man, 1996. That's just crazy.

Popolocrois Story was one of the first RPGs for the Sony PlayStation. It was a light-hearted, pastel-colored romp that demonstrated some of the rudimentary advantages of 32-bit. The sequenced audio, too, showed a noticeable boost from 16- to 32-bit. Your average RPG soundtrack simply wouldn't be able to sound this sophisticated on previous consoles.

The Popolocrois Story OST fits the game extremely well. It is a fancy-free sort of sound half the time, and even when things do get gloomy, there's something whimsical about the whole affair, so you can always breathe easy. Take, as an example, "The World of Darkness." Eerie, yes, but even then, it's still playful.

I think that, for most people (at least most people that would read this review), the soundtrack wouldn't hold attention. We didn't even get to play this game: we got a bastardized mix of the first two games in one PSP title, and that had some different music. Nonetheless, I am pleased with the style and quality of the audio in the original Popolocrois. The 1996 print of the CD, from NEC Avenue, is long out of print. Luckily, the 2000 reprint is still available in some online shops.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann


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