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The Count Lucanor Combines Pixels With Bach

A top-down RPG with pixel graphics is about as common a game conceit as you can find on PC these days. But Baroque Decay’s project The Count Lucanor [official site] grabbed my attention by noting that it has a soundtrack by Bach. Bach, performed as chiptunes.

With an emphasis on exploration, the game promises horror and mystery too, along with stealth abilities, puzzles, and alternative endings. A young boy called Hans finds himself drawn into a strange situation in which a kobold informs him he could become the next wealthy owner of a spooky old castle if he’ll only guess his name.

Quite why the trailer is narrated in Japanese I’m not sure. But the text is English. (And there’s no planned Japanese release of the game, making it all the more odd.)

The game is inevitably on Greenlight, and is aiming to come out early-ish next year. As for the soundtrack, they say,

“We’ve hired the greatest composer of all time – Johann Sebastian Bach – to create a soundtrack that will remain etched in your mind forever. Using chiptune tools, we’ve transformed a series of hidden gems of the author to create unique soundscapes for our tale.”

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