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Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 2 ~Mysterious Dungeon~ OST

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Catalog Number: SVWC-7051
Released On: January 21, 2000
Composed By: Koichi Sugiyama
Arranged By: Koichi Sugiyama
Published By: SPE Visual Works
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
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Tracklist:

01 - Opening
02 - Name Entry
03 - Torneko's Village
04 - High Score
05 - Odd Field (Torneko's Theme) 06 - Castle
07 - Trick Mansion Dungeon
08 - Dungeon Beneath the Castle
09 - Cemetery Dungeon
10 - Mt. Fiery
11 - Forest of Mystery
12 - Toro Ruins
13 - FIRE! FIRE!
14 - Box of Happiness
15 - The Magic Dungeon
16 - Convenience Store
17 - What a Thing to Say!
18 - Monster House
19 - Last Battle
20 - Visit the World in Peace
21 - Ending
Total Time:
56'56"

Known in the US as "Torneko: The Last Hope," the PlayStation rogue-RPG from Enix (developed by Chunsoft and Matrix Software) came with another fantastic soundtrack from Dragon Quest composer Koichi Sugiyama. This time, instead of having any sort of "suite" (symph, synth, or otherwise), we just get a plain old OST, direct music used from the PlayStation game. The good news is that it sounds pretty decent, especially since the game was made so late in the PlayStation's life cycle.

Like the last soundtrack, the motif from the song "Torneko's Theme" (first written for Dragon Quest IV) makes appearances all throughout the soundtrack. A couple other Dragon Quest melodies are used throughout the soundtrack too, as is to be expected.

The end credits arrangement is incredibly strong. It may be my favorite track on the album, though it's really a hard pick.

I will say the same thing here I said about the previous Torneko soundtrack: while lacking all the grandeur and majesty that main-series Dragon Quest soundtracks hold, the musical quality of Torneko's Great Adventure is still quite high. If you want something from Sugiyama that's a little more whimsical, you've come to the right place.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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