Solstice - Title Theme (Soundtrack)
song Title Theme
composer Tim Follin
game Solstice (subtitle: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos)
released June 1990
developer Software Creations
publisher CSG Imagesoft
Wait a few seconds, that’s when it gets good.
It’s really impressive just how far Tim Follin pushed what the NES could do musically, especially since he was usually working on mediocre to terrible games. I mean Solstice is a kind of awkward isometric puzzle platformer where your a purple wizard dude, nothing all that special. And Follin creates this sprawling three minute opening theme influenced by progressive rock groups like Yes, more dense and elaborate than you’d normally get from an NES game.
If you want to hear the song at it’s best though, listen to this version. WiiGuy has been making “8bitstereo” mixes of NES soundtracks, separating the sound channels and adding some echo, and while some of the mixes sound a bit off, here it’s perfect. With the slightly better sound quality, some of Follin’s music sounds more like modern chiptune music.