The Lion’s Song : Episode 1

The Lion’s Song : Episode 1

It has been some time since I’ve played indie games, more than four months I’d guess. So I wanted to check out something different, after the mainstream fare I’ve gone through recently like Call of Duty, Battlefield and Dark Souls. The Lion’s Song is a recently released indie game on Steam, and is free-to-play. Let’s check it out.

In The Lion’s Song : Episode 1, you play a musician named Wilma, whose first composition was a roaring success. Her fame skyrockets and the prominent people in the music field want to see more of her compositions on the big stage. Her mentor Arthur, sends Wilma off to a place in the middle of the Alps, so that she is away from all the hype and expectations, and work on her music in peaceful solitude. The first episode chronicles the effort Wilma puts into composing her music.

The Lion’s Song is a point-and-click game and the episode lasts only about 45 minutes or so, but don’t be fooled by its length. The game also takes into account the decisions you make as the player to influence the outcome, and as such the replay value is pretty high for TLS. And the decisions are supposedly going to make an impact on what kind of ending the player receives. For an indie game that is free of cost, this is pretty awesome. The game’s animation is pretty meh, but it is only to be expected, again because of  its free-to-play nature. But the music is brilliant, if I must say so. If you’re a fan of classical western music like Mozart, Bach, Chopin etc., you’ll most probably like this music too.

Overall, I would say that TLS : E1 is a pretty good game, and those who want to try out some indie game should definitely play this, as well as those who like music in general. I for one, am waiting eagerly for the next episode of what seems to be something special.

 RATING : 7.5/10

PROS :
– brilliant music and background
– choices impact outcomes
– high replayability

CONS :
– pixellated animation is nowhere near great

PANDA EYES – KIKO

PANDA EYES – KIKO

Thanks to DubstepGutter and Mr. SuicideSheep, I went from being a guy who listened to mostly mainstream music, to someone who listens to a shitload of dubstep and indie music. Recently, I took time off to listen to the whole of Panda Eyes’ album KIKO. So how is this dubstep and bass album?

Really good, if I may say so. And over the last few months I’ve heard a hell of a lot of music. KIKO can be called electrotica, short for electronic erotica, because this album has a number of tracks which sound amazing, in fact I found absolutely none of the songs to be even a bit uninteresting. All the songs are on the point, and the bass drops are godly. Quite a few of those A-bomb jokes must have been cracked in reference to these songs for sure. And sometimes when Panda Eyes goes over to the glitch hop side or gets it all to accelerate to peak velocity, it’s goddamn amazing.

Does the album falter at all? Maybe, but I’m not one of those guys who’ve found the flaws in them songs. I just put on Panda Eyes and lose myself to those electronic plays.

The album has 16 tracks in all :

  1. F**k off
  2. Weed N Fries
  3. Sky Race
  4. Teminite and Panda Eyes – Highscore
  5. KIKO
  6. The Lights
  7. The Returning
  8. Colorblind
  9. Panda Eyes & DatPhoria – Keep Going (ft. Cozy)
  10. ILY
  11. On my own
  12. Love Game
  13. For You
  14. Panda Eyes & Teminite – Adventure Time
  15. Crystal Cave
  16. Miracle

I like the DBZ reference there…

The tracks that really stood out for me were KIKO, Colorblind and the two tracks in which Panda Eyes collaborated with Teminite. Highscore and Colorblind were actually some of the tracks that made me join the electronic bandwagon. But in an overall sense, any of these tracks can hold their own and more, even if they hadn’t all been parts of a brilliant album which KIKO is.