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  • High School! Kimengumi (Sega, 12/15/86)

    Posted on May 26th, 2010 keving 3 comments

    I’m in the midst of recording more chip music into MP3 format for my portable player, and I finally remembered this time around to snag the main tracks from this Japan-exclusive Master System release, an adventure game based on a quintessentially ’80s Japanese gag manga/anime.

    There isn’t much to say about the game itself, which can be beaten in five minutes and completed with a maximum score like the above video in under ten. Pony Canyon ported this game to the MSX2 platform in 1987, which strikes me as ranking up there with Mathias Rust’s plane trip as the most foolhardy endeavor of that year.

    I like the music nonetheless, some fine stuff from Katsuhiro Hayashi (a.k.a. FUNKY K.H.). Hayashi joined Sega in 1984 at the age of 18 and stayed on for four years, creating such memorable Sega soundtracks as Super Hang-On, Galaxy Force, and the SMS titles Rambo and Black Belt. You can tell his Sega 8-bit output immediately thanks to that “dit-dah dit-dit-dah” drumline that he uses in what seems like every single track.