MTRD – A minimalist tribute to NES Metroid with Music and Sound by Beatscribe

I’m happy to announce the results of our entry into the GameJolt MetroidJam competition. I did some ANSI art and all the music and sfx using Plogue chip sounds. MTRD is a minimalist take on the NES original. The graphics are fully ANSI-based and the music confines to the classic console. For me, it’s a double hit of nostalgia with the music and the text graphics.

The game jams gamejolt puts on are awesome. It’s great practice for programmers to work under deadlines and developer fast and efficiently. Some awesome games have come out of these jams and you should check them out. I worked with the talented Will Smith who did a great job in making a bunch of text characters really feel like the beloved classic.
MTRD is free and you can play it right now. It’s a quick hour-tops play. Go get it today! The soundtrack is free as well and comes with a bonus track if you grab it off Bandcamp. Aside from sticking to the NES chip’s limitations,  I also stuck to some of the classic Metroid sound design choices (no ARPs, very little vibrato, no dcpm samples).
The soundtrack includes abstract 8-bit covers of tunes from Metroid Prime and Super Metroid as well. It’s free so if you love the original game’s tunes check these out!
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