Treasure Hunter G Original Soundtrack


Review by · December 21, 2000

Treasure Hunter G was Square’s last game for the Super Famicom, and the Treasure Hunter G OST was Square’s last soundtrack printed with NTT Publishing. And, even though it was printed in 1996, it is still a hard find for online shoppers. To know why this is such a tragedy, read further.

According to Ramza’s Theory of Composition, soundtracks with multiple composers tend to excel in musical prowess compared to soundtracks with only one composer. Some may say “too many cooks spoil the broth”, but there isn’t any cooking going on here. This soundtrack was created by a whomping SEVEN composers (each one getting at least one of their tracks sampled below), the most composers listed for one OST that RPGFan soundtracks has seen to date. However, the last four people in the list only do about six tracks from the entire OST. The first three (Pee, Sakimoto, Iwata) do the majority, and John Pee does the most tracks by far. Funny, an American made the majority of this soundtrack, and six Japanese people (two being very accomplished) take the backseat. Sound like a good idea to you? Whether it does or does not, the final result is astounding.

Pee’s musical style is definitely that of “new age”…My favorite track that he composed is disc 2 track 12, “Sad Freedom”. With piano reminiscent to my favorite Alundra OST track (The Shrine within the Lake), this has got to be one of my favorite songs on here. Another great track would be what I assume is either a last dungeon, last battle, or near ending track “Emperor of Balladry”, disc 2 track 20 (arranged as track 34) composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto. This has got to be one of the best tracks from an obscure Square soundtrack (others being LiveaLive, Rudra no Hihou, Bahamut Lagoon, etc.). The entire soundtrack is soothing such as this.

There is the occasional “bad” track on here, about three that you would just want to skip after hearing it once. Other than that, this soundtrack is remarkable by every means. I highly suggest any fan of Squaresoft or the Sakimoto/Iwata combination to buy this soundtrack! As said earlier, it’s not that easy. To get this beauty, you’ll simply have to keep an eye out on eBay. If you don’t wanna click on it right now, listen to the samples so that the music can persuade you.

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Patrick Gann

Patrick Gann

Therapist by day and gamer by night, Patrick has been offering semi-coherent ramblings about game music to RPGFan since its beginnings. From symphonic arrangements to rock bands to old-school synth OSTs, Patrick keeps the VGM pumping in his home, to the amusement and/or annoyance of his large family of humans and guinea pigs.