Game music of the day: Incredible Crisis

Game: Incredible Crisis

Song: Incredible Crisis Theme

Composers: Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

Above: Incredible Crisis Theme from Incredible Crisis

Beloved by games journalists and all five of the people who bought it when it dropped in late 2000, Incredible Crisis was an oddball series of minigames centered around a normal Japanese family stuck in the middle of a completely abnormal day. It also had an fantastic, ridiculously catchy soundtrack, provided you're not the kind of person whose ears shrivel and turn to dust at the mention of ska.

Even if you are, it's hard to ignore how perfectly the stylings of the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra complement the game's silly, occasionally rhythm-driven action. The game's main theme, for example, is a cool track on its own, but doesn't really shine until you see it the way it was meant to be seen: accompanying Incredible Crisis' insane intro sequence:

The catchy pairing of music and action continues into the game itself, starting with the unforgettable office-aerobics-turned-synchronized-dance sequence that begins salaryman father Taneo's first chapter, just before he's terrorized by a giant concrete globe and hurled out of his office building:

Sometimes, the music is a direct part of the action. My personal favorite comes during the game's second act, when mother Etsuko gets kidnapped by a gang of wolf-masked bank robbers. For some reason, they decide that a frumpy homemaker is the best possible person to disarm a bank alarm and then crack the lock on a golden piggy bank, which they force her to do at trumpetpoint.

Yeah, OK, the melody's a little tinny, based as it is on player input. But the little payoff tune at the end? Exquisite.

Interestingly, while Incredible Crisis never got the sequel its cliffhanger ending promised, the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra's work on videogames didn't stop there. While they apparently haven't provided the entire soundtrack for a game since Incredible Crisis, they were responsible for the badass Japanese theme song for Sly Cooper and The Thievius Raccoonus, titled Black Jack.

Sep 23, 2010

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  • CH3BURASHKA - September 24, 2010 6:03 a.m.

    Reminds me of Weird Al's "Horoscope".
  • foxyexplosion - September 23, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    good stuff. you also reminded me of how sad it is we dont have more cool games like sly cooper. also that intro is BA
  • suicidali - September 23, 2010 5:31 p.m.

    I'm one of those 5 people! I've still got it in fact... I feel the need to play it again now
  • v8ninety - September 23, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    Fantastic, nuff said.
  • philipshaw - September 23, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    I think I was one of the 5 people who played it,why there isn't a HD remake on PSN or just the original PS1 classic is beyond me
  • Grif - September 23, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    A pleasant surprise.
  • rabidpotatochip - September 23, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    Ah, I miss that game. My favorite memory was me and a roommate on the last minigame. One of us was steering and the other pedalled like mad. And JD_Method: My roommates and I had the same problem as you until we realized this was a game kids could probably play too, the secret is to mash the buttons less than you want to.
  • onewingedantista - September 23, 2010 2:30 a.m.

    SLY COOPER FTW! Go Mikel!
  • batmanboy11 - September 23, 2010 1:15 a.m.

    Good stuff.
  • Tenfey - September 23, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    Simply incredible.
  • JD_Method - September 22, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    I didn't buy it, but I do have fond memories of the demo for Incredible Crisis. Thought it was bloody hilarious at the time, but the "Elevator of DOOM" game where you have to punch the emergency stop button faster than humanly possible whilst also dodging falling televisions, rubber ducks and the occasional fridge was a BASTARD! I could only complete it with a special auto-fire controller.

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