Video Game Boom Box: Indie Game Music – Strike the Earth! Plains of Passage – Shovel Knight

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“Music has been an important part of video games since the beginning. From classic video games like Pong and Tetris to newer games like Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy music can make or break a video game just as much as gameplay. So in some ways music really makes the game. Think of playing Super Mario Bros. without the theme song playing, would it not be the same? Of course it isn’t! The real question is can video game music inspire others to make music? For us here at the Arcade Archive the answer is a whole-hearted, yes! That is why we created this series of articles which will highlight some songs that are inspired by the video games we play.”

 That was the original statement of Video Game Boom Box and it still holds true today. The new Video Game Boom Box is going be a little different than previous articles. Now we will share a video of the music and give some brief thoughts on the featured song or we may just put up the video of the music just for you to enjoy. Please feel free to send comment on the bottom of each post and let us know what your thoughts are of the music. You could also request a song yourself by emailing us at  or tweet at us @arcadeanetwork

Starting with PC’s Independent video games or Indie games for short have been a part of the gaming culture since the early 90’s. Recently, Indie games have been coming up in popularity from games like Shantae and Shovel Knight to Freedom Planet and Mighty Switch Force and beyond. To salute these amazing games, November’s theme is Indie game music. We will take a look at some of our favorite tunes from this amazing genre of video games.

Shovel Knight: Strike the Earth! Plains of Passage

We start this month’s theme with a game that’s been out digitally for a while now but has just had a physical copy released this week. Shovel Knight is one of the first “indie” titles that really caught my eye mainly due to a YouTuber I watch called The Completionist. I first played this game on a YouTube show of my own called The Gamesters (link) and as I was playing this first level I was amazed how really fun and very nostalgic the game felt. Strike the Earth or Plains of Passage is played during the first level of this game. This maybe my favorite theme of the game, it’s a very catchy tune that stays with you even after you’ve finished playing the game. After all, isn’t that what good music should do anyway?

As a side note if you buy the physical copy of the game on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U or Nintendo 3DS you get a free digital copy of the soundtrack.

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