The two-part GameBoy Color sequel to the spin-off DQ title “Dragon Quest Monsters” had a soundtrack release that was, in nearly every regard, similar to the original. The layout is basically the same: 1 to 17 is synth arrange, 18 to 35 is OST (only non-arranged track is the final track, the Music Effects Collection). On this soundtrack, however, less melodies are borrowed from previous Dragon Quest titles.
I wasn’t impressed with the “synth suite” this time around. It didn’t sound as life-like as the previous, and the arrangements seemed drab. Indeed, I was content to skip right ahead to the minimalist sounds of the GameBoy synth. These tracks, in my opinion, are simply phenomenal. I love GameBoy synth. I’m a fiend for it. And Sugiyama’s music, particularly the battle themes, sound great here. It takes me back to a time long past. Do you miss it? I miss it.
This soundtrack is still fairly easy to obtain; if you like GameBoy synth as much as I do, and you like Sugiyama’s compositions, it’s a win-win combination. just don’t expect to be won over by the “synthesizer suite.” A real orchestra would have been preferential for this particular album.