Disaterpeace's Bonk: Brink of Extinction

Maybe you already know how much I love the TurboGrafx-16, and by extension the Bonk / PC Gengin games.

I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention, as I never knew that there was a current-generation console update to the Bonk / PC Genjin franchise planned and later cancelled. I knew about the PS2 remake, and even bothered to import that one, though I've never been able to play it -- I just figured one day I'd be able to rip it and run it in emulation.

Anyway, I shouldn't say this new version was "planned" as it was most likely fully made and never released. Because you don't just approach Disasterpeace to write a score for your game without having a game first.

The only remnant of that ill-fated game is now the Disasterpeace score, which is a free download on Bandcamp.

For anyone expecting the crunchy, atmospheric, angular chiptunes that Rich Vreeland is known for -- you're not going to find that here. This soundtrack was obviously heavily guided by the studio who commissioned him, to the point that one wonders why they sought him out in the first place. But having said that (and also mentioning that the cave theme from Bonks Revenge is one of my all-time favorite video game songs), this soundtrack to the never-released Bonk update is really good!

I guess Vreeland is a genius even when working within the constraints of overbearing studio direction.

Favorite Track: Preceding the Sphinx