Game music of the day: Turbo Turtle Adventure

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April 27, 2010

Game: Turbo Turtle Adventure

Song: Space Station

Composer: Carl Larsson

Above: Space Station from Turbo Turtle Adventure

Turbo Turtle is the perfect case of "don't judge a book by its cover," or in the videogame world, "don't judge a shitty-looking budget game by its horrendous box art." I walked right past ol' Turbo Turtle dozens of times, always assuming it was yet another wasteful GBA slop bucket of game code. Turns out it's a decent puzzle/action game with pretty OK music, including one song that's become a GamesRadar favorite.

Once you've guided this little turtle thing around a swamp and a village, you rightfully end up on a space station. Even though it makes zero sense, I'll allow it because the music is remarkably impactful - despite it being upbeat and dance-ish, there's a wistful feel to it, like the turtle realizes how far from home he really is, and he may never see it again. There's no turning back, Turbo Turtle. The only way out is through.

Above: Literally the ONE gameplay video I could find. Doesn't help, does it?

We played this space station track in one of the earlier TalkRadar episodes, so there's a small chance some of you may remember it. Oh, one last note about the composer, Carl Larsson. It looks like Turbo Turtle may have been some kind of family affair, as Carl joins Bjorn and Monica Larsson in the credits, all from a company called Iridion Interactive. Turns out they're now called Legendo and still name drop Turbo Turtle on their official site. Glad someone other than me remembers it.


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  • CH3BURASHKA - August 16, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    What a great jam. Thanks, Carl Larsson. Brett's impression of Turbo Turtle being far from home is spot-on.
  • Strangleme - April 28, 2010 9:27 p.m.

    I agree with the purple monkey, that is a creepy turtle.
  • philipshaw - April 28, 2010 12:42 p.m.

    Never heard of this game ever but the music is great. Thanks for sharing it
  • elpurplemonkey - April 28, 2010 5:25 a.m.

    Why does that picture creep me out so damn much?
  • Setre - April 28, 2010 1:29 a.m.

    Nice pikc Brett. Never played the game, nor have I ever seen it, but that music is nice.
  • GamesRadarJuniorWildlifeEditor - April 28, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    I judged this game on its cover and it was amazing.
  • KREATIVEassassin - April 28, 2010 midnight

    This... this is why it's a great thing you ended up where you are. You have the ability to present Turbo Turtle Adventure music to people who would no doubt otherwise never hear it. What other obscure tracks from our recording sessions will you post? It is a mystery.
  • goochbiscuit - April 27, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    Hey GamesRadar, I would really love to know where you guys get all your VGM. I've been nerding out the past year or so and adding soundtracks here and there to my iPod, but I have a hard time finding a lot of stuff. Brett (or whoever), seriously, help a nerd out man, where can I go to get all that stuff?
  • 510BrotherPanda - April 27, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    So... it's like 2d Monkey Ball with a turtle? No thanks. Great song though. captcha: Mr cheddar
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - April 27, 2010 8:46 p.m.

    Looks like a shitty top down super monkey ball. Decent music though.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - April 27, 2010 8:43 p.m.

    Sorry, Al Gore has been staying at my space cabin for two months. He said it'd just be a week. Pssh.
  • ventanger - April 27, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    Another great pick. Man, the best music is in space! Space rules, I wanna go there. Anyone in space I can crash with for a while?

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