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Game music of the day: Hexic HD

Welcome to GamesRadar's daily blast of all things pertaining to the ever-growing field of game music. Each post will introduce new sounds, games, composers and fan-made remixes of gaming's greatest aural achievements.

June 30, 2010

Game: Hexic HD

Song: Underlow

Composer: Jerry Schroeder

       
Above: Underlow from Hexic HD - listen to it turned up with headphones for super effectiveness

Every classic puzzle game starts with good design, but presentation can just as easily make or break it. The way a puzzle game looks, feels and sounds is what takes it from "This certainly is a well-designed puzzle concept" to "I can't stop playing and I still see the blocks when I close my eyes."

Hexic HD's presentation is pleasingly clean and understated, and although "HD" is in the title, the graphics take a backseat to the amesomely spacey, nuanced soundtrack. It's so good that it doesn't even need explaining - just know that each track is a cornucopia of interesting noises that never cease to delight the ears.

       
Above: Badback from Hexic HD

Best of all, you don't have to take my word for it. The composer of the Hexic soundtrack, Jerry Schroeder (not the Christian rock guy), has released the entire album, called Hexophila, as a free download here.




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19 comments

  • philipshaw - July 1, 2010 10:17 a.m.

    I played this game for hours when my bro got a xbox 360 at lauch. The music was great and still is, I would hear this music in my sleep if I had a late night session
  • Spybreak8 - July 1, 2010 6:36 a.m.

    Free game, free soundtrack = awesome. I love the game, it's a great little casual game with a lot of depth (seriously have you gotten the mother of all achievements). The farthest I've gotten were two black pearls and then a BOMB! I gotta recommend Droplitz if you liked these tracks. Good tracks and a decent little puzzle game as well.
  • RonaldRayGun - July 1, 2010 5:42 a.m.

    Boy does Jit love this game.
  • GayforGilbert - July 1, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    On the topic of puzzle game music, I just bought Puzzle Quest 2 on XBLA today. Those games always have great music, and this one is no different.
  • goochbiscuit - July 1, 2010 12:01 a.m.

    Shiiiit I didn't realize that link was for the whole album! OMG VGM boner!
  • goochbiscuit - June 30, 2010 11:57 p.m.

    Holy shit I cannot believe you picked this. I remember playing it when the 360 launched and thinking it was good, but so minimal that no one probably liked it as much as me. I love it, thanks for the free track, too! Can't wait for tomorrow's Game Music of the Day!
  • KevlarTurban - June 30, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    I remember when I got my launch 360 and playing this game for hours. I had Perfect Dark: Zero, and Condemned: Criminal Origins, but this game easily took the #1 spot for launch titles IMO. I remember falling asleep while playing marathon mode because the music is so soothing... Thanks for the free awesome soundtrack!
  • Spritle101 - June 30, 2010 9:28 p.m.

    The first song made me think of Diablo for some reason.
  • lovinmyps3 - June 30, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    Just downloaded the whole soundtrack! Awesomeness!!
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - June 30, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    i love this game, i'm still working on the 6 black pearls achievement, but i don't think i'll get it
  • Baron164 - June 30, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    I was surprised by how good the music for Hexic HD was. I still fire it up every now and then to play a little bit and relax with the music.
  • IAmARobotWhoTurnsIntoATruckAndIFindNoLevityInThis - June 30, 2010 8:18 p.m.

    Loving game music of the day, please, more!
  • WorldChanger - June 30, 2010 8:18 p.m.

    i loved that game and the music was great keep the awesome music coming
  • r3ap3r - June 30, 2010 8:18 p.m.

    wow i played hexic hd i dont remeber the music being this good this shit is sweet.
  • lovinmyps3 - June 30, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    Ok, this is one of the best Game Music of the Day's ever! Must get this game!
  • Aeshir - June 30, 2010 8:10 p.m.

    The first song sounds like synth'd-up Red Dead.
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 30, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    I was gonna give Mrs. Gudmundson shit for picking music from a casual game when there are so many other epic soundtracks to pick from, but I must say, it's catchy as hell. I have Hexic on my Zune but I always opt to listen to music rather than the game, I guess I've been missing out.
  • nighthawk205 - June 30, 2010 8:07 p.m.

    Ugh I HATED Underlow. Whenever I was playing Hexic I would always mute it when that came on. I can see how some would like it but it just seemed a bit too "mechanical" to me. Badback is pretty soothing though. I just wasn't a big fan of the overall music in this game.
  • gatornation1254 - June 30, 2010 8:06 p.m.

    Two awesome songs. I think they're really soothing. reCAPTCHA: continue offload

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