I actually think this is a cross-over philosophical question.
There are songs that obviously execute at an extremely high level in complexity and melody. In that department, I love Double Dragon II's
intro track (especially by 1:20 or so). Everything about it is just so good.
But then there are games that we've played obsessively, day after day. And some of those games (Curse of the Azure Bonds for me
) - become total earworms that give you a very warm feeling when you hear them. The music from some of your favorite games might sound simplistic to the uninitiated, but to the game-obsessed, the music from those games could evoke intensely strong, positive feelings.
So, Doube Dragon is a game I might play with my son and never again, but I recognize the mastery of the intro track. Yet a more simplistic sounding tune may trigger deeper personal connections for me.
Every now and then, you hit a game that does both. It is both one you obsessed over and
had a brilliant intro or soundtrack. Defender of the Crown
, I think, hits close to that mark. Although that could be nostalgia talking. But it's pretty cool.
Desert Strike, with its digitized voices (hear it on YouTube
), is also pretty freaking amazing and intense. I think Monkey Island
needs to be in the conversation, too, just because its 1) such a great tune and 2) the instruments are amazing. And Turrican II.
Dang, man, this is really hard to answer!