I’m really glad that Chrono Trigger turned out to be my game project this year. I can see why people adore it so. It’s complex and touching story is wrapped up in simple vestments, making it much less intimidating than many modern RPGs and JRPGs. The game flows so naturally, despite containing unnatural and supernatural events. Overcoming its obstacles is challenging but never insurmountable. And playing into the drive to see Crono’s story through till the end is the game’s soundtrack. I’ve definitely looked forward to hearing news sounds every time I enter a new place. And how many new sounds there are! I’m kind of amazed that the composers managed to cram in as much music in the game as the did. So with that said, I present for this Listmas my top five favorite songs from Chrono Trigger so far. (Up the point of reaching Algetty, though I have progressed a bit farther since.)
1. Green Memories (a.k.a. Memories of the Green)
An early theme in the game, this is what plays in the background as Crono walks around the world map in 1000 A.D. It’s a lovely and simple piece that serves well as the backdrop of the green and peaceful land. It’s bright, airy, and puts you in the mood for a little exploring.
2. Frog’s Theme
Of course Frog’s theme is a majestic march, and I love it! It feels very regal and weighty, kind of like Frog’s own personality. It’s also a short theme despite the fanfare, something I think Frog would appreciate.
3. Lab (or Dome) 16’s Ruin
There’s a wacky urgency to this song, so much so that almost borders on being a bad 80s TV theme song. Maybe that why I took notice of it while making my way through the twisted, mutated wreckage of the Lab 16 area. It seemed to both enhance and belie Crono’s quest at that point.
4. Boss Battle 2
I’ve encountered a few different boss themes in the game, and this one has stuck with me because it’s what played during the crazy (for me) Black Tyranno fight. The song is great — it’s almost joyous and happy in a strange way! Like it’s rooting for you to succeed.
5. Zeal Palace
I love how this song reflects the mysterious quiet of Zeal. It’s almost ponderous and secretive…because who knows what lies behind Zeal’s serenity and happiness? (I’m on the verge of finding that out myself.)
If you’ve played Chrono Trigger, what are your favorite songs from its soundtrack? (Minor late game spoilers are okay. 🙂 )