Last October I wrote the soundtrack for the videogame Morphopolis, created by Micro Macro Games. Since its release it has gained a number of accolades including ‘Best Design’ & ‘New Talent’ at the Association of Illustrators Awards 2013. It was also selected for exposition at the Rezzed Game Show 2013 and at the Virgin Media Game Space.
Morphopolis is a game about transformation and discovery. Inspired by Machinarium and The Tiny Bang Story, Morphopolis takes the player through a lucid and fantastical insect world in a hidden object adventure. Taking the role of an aphid grub, you embark on a parasitic crusade. The game is out for Windows, Mac OSX, Android, iOS and Blackberry.
In the soundtrack there is an eclectic variety of sounds and timbres. The game-world forest is busy with activity, not just in the players' immediate proximity, but in the wider ‘un-seen’ area too. The score uses the sounds of bees flapping their wings, to birds calling for one another, to the sound of a giant tree crashing over in the far, far distance. These sounds are blended with an unusual mixture of instruments, ranging from a hand-plucked piano, to a Kora, and the Tongue Drum. These are among a countless number of instruments and percussion types that make up the soundtrack for Morphopolis.
Here is what other people have said about the soundtrack…
“Morphopolis' picturesque backdrops and soothing soundtrack are immediately inviting. In later levels, where the themes darken, the harmonies turn from major to minor, and the rhythm is provided not by the plucking of harp strings, but by xylophone clanks and bongo beats. A tapestry of chirping crickets and tweeting birds puts the finishing touches on Morphopolis' atmosphere. I loved being in this place.” GameSpot
“Multi-layered and earthy ambient music sets a laid-back tone that perfectly suits the dawdling pace and relaxing mechanics of the adventure.” MacLife
“The music is also wonderful and we found it stays in your head long after playing.” Entertainment Focus
“Using not only its peaceful and mellow music and sharp visual fidelity, Morphopolis carries an extensive array of bold and brightly lit colours to aid in its creation of ambiance and harmony. This is the game that’s so well done in the mood it attempts to invoke that the beauty of it alone could send a baby to sleep.” Gaming Bolt
For more information on Morphopolis please visit http://www.mcro.org/