Maximo: Ghosts to Glory (2002) is an interesting soundtrack. The album consists almost entirely of remixes and arrangements of the original Ghosts ‘n Goblins main theme. So there’s a graveyard version, a sea shanty version, horror versions, etc, culminating in a jazzy arrange for the “Ending Credits“. They aren’t explicit but more subtly done using a few bars here and there. This actually gets a little old, however – while it is fun to listen to the original theme, too much of basically the same thing gets old rather quick. It’s an interesting experiment, and a style that I think was used in some of Tallarico’s other games such as Pac-Man World Ralley, which I saw him discuss at GDC this year. Anyway, I picked one of my favorite arranges. Oh yeah, Maximo was also the first game I played on PS2! (Though I got the system when Contra: Shattered Soldiers was release :P).
This arrange is a pretty epic piece with lots of drums, strings, and trumpets. It is the final area of the game and so requires a little extra oomph to reflect not only the fact that we are getting closer to the end but that we are also back where the story started – Maximo’s castle was stolen from him by an evil wizard who murdered him and he has now come to reclaim what is rightfully his. Anyway, a pretty fun piece.
Maximo was composed by Tommy Tallarico (Earthworm Jim CD, Advent Rising), Todd Dennis (MDK, Advent Rising), Shane Kneip (Medal of Honor: European Assault, Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier) and Chris Rickwood (Ghostbusters, Evil Dead). Now if you purchased a first print of the soundtrack, you would have also gotten a soundtrack to the 1988 Dai Makaimura (Ghouls n Ghosts), which makes for a nice soundtrack collection.