Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s video game-infused Scott Pilgrim comics, is an awesome throwback to the 8 and 16-bit eras. To give this side-scrolling gem an appropriately retro sound, Ubisoft made the fantastic decision to hire the chiptune/rock fusion band Anamanaguchi to compose the soundtrack.
If you’re not familiar with chiptune music it’s when composers use instrumentation that sounds like the audio produced from retro games consoles and computers. Often the sounds are captured directly from the devices themselves (such as the NES and Game Boy) using special software.
Comprised of Peter Berkman, James DeVito, Luke Silas and Ary Warnaar, Anamanaguchi had already contributed two of their tracks named Mermaid and Blackout City to indie hit Bit.Trip Runner. Their single Airbrushed was later released as downloadable content for the Rock Band games.
In keeping with retro game tradition the first level of the game features perhaps the best most catchy composition in the game. Another Winter is prime example of the band’s memorable chiptune melodies and bad ass guitar riffs.