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.”


  1. Lobotomist says:

    Very nice looking game. Grimm Tales vibe , great graphic , great music. Interesting :)

  2. Rumpelstiltskin says:

    it’s Rumpelstiltskin

  3. rustybroomhandle says:

    There’s a certain point at which one can no longer call them ‘pixels’, but squares.

    Also, Beethoven rocks, get rekt & gtfo.

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      johannsebastianbach says:

      I think any person who is not utterly out of their mind agrees that Händel is the greatest composer of all times.

      Also, finally an opportunity to make use of my user name. Hurray for this article!

      • JRHaggs says:

        Look, J.S. You and Handel did some good work, but, really, it was all mere antecedent frivolity; ignorant groundwork laid for the real master… T-Swift. Yeah. You thought I was going all Brahms on you. Sucker.

  4. Ejia says:

    Time for some Brandenburg!

  5. Skabooga says:

    This Hans kid is a bit of a dick.

    • KRVeale says:

      That was my exact thought, too.

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      Znea says:

      Well kids tend to be dicks, not generally on purpose, but it’s definitely not a foreign state for them.

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    zigguratvertigo says:

    Nice that they’ve used Bach, and nicer that they’ve avoided Everyman Bach. John, you mock the idea implicitly if I’m reading you right, but I would say there has been no-one else to have taken some of the most complex musical / mathematical ideas and made them universally approachable. Old spectacularly does not mean irrelevant.