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Put on a lizard and go for an adventure! A new game for Nintendo Entertainment System, PC, and Mac.
Put on a lizard and go for an adventure! A new game for Nintendo Entertainment System, PC, and Mac.
Put on a lizard and go for an adventure! A new game for Nintendo Entertainment System, PC, and Mac.
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My lizard is the Lizard of Soundtrack

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The soundtrack for Lizard is already complete. You can listen to it for free at Bandcamp:

https://rainwarrior.bandcamp.com/album/my-lizard-is-the-lizard-of-soundtrack

For those of you who want to listen to it in an NES or an emulator, NSF and NSFe versions are also available.

If you need a suitable NSF player, I recommend the open source player that I maintain, NSFPlay. It is available here: http://rainwarrior.ca/projects/nsfplay/

Making this soundtrack has been an interesting challenge. There is a very good NES composing tool called FamiTracker, which I used to do all the composition work. Once composed, I wrote a tool to translate the data made in FamiTracker into the custom sound engine I made for Lizard.

In order to meet the size constraints, I had to fit the entire soundtrack, including all the sound engine code, all music tracks, and all sound effects into a single 32 kilobyte page of the NES ROM. I tried to make every track at least a minute long before it loops, and to have more than one major section to alleviate the fatigue of hearing them again and again. On average I had about 1.5 kilobytes to work with for each track. I found it quite interesting to try to make music in such a tiny space!

By the way, you can also play the soundtrack from the NES ROM of the Demo by holding SELECT + A + LEFT when you reset the game.

Please enjoy the music, and thanks for listening!

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    1. Brad Smith Creator on October 30, 2014

      Another constraint of NES music: since sound effects share the same channels as the music, so I tried to compose music that still works if you block out one or two channels. Kind of tricky when you've only got 4 sound channels to begin with!

    2. Brad Smith Creator on October 30, 2014

      I forgot to mention one of my other goals for this soundtrack. I really love sets of variations on a theme, so I tried to build the "theme of lizard" into every track in some way.

      There aren't a whole lot of game soundtracks that do this. Super Mario World is a pretty notable one, using the same melody in very different styles across many of its tracks. One of my favourites is Tamayo Kawamoto's Black Tiger arcade soundtrack:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…