Chiptune Earworms

Have you ever heard a song or piece of music that you still think about years later – but for the life of you, you can’t remember the name of?

For me, the song came from a computer game. It’s driven me mad for years.

Every now and again, I’ll spontaneously hum the melody from one of the (usually Rob Hubbard’s) classics. Thing on a Spring, Monty on the Run, Druid, Ghosts n’ Goblins. I pop it into YouTube, listen for a while, and then carry on about my business.

It’s pretty difficult to find a song on YouTube when you can’t remember the name of the game that the song is from. And trying to find the name of a C64 game on Google is like searching for a lighter that works in a power cut.

Both you and your productivity are inevitably, inescapably, lost – again – down the rabbit hole of the internet. Trawling the same tired old blogs, broken and abandoned forums, and even *gasp* Reddit, in the vain hope of a shred of a hint of a clue that might point you in the right direction. All whilst exasperatedly humming the song that you can’t get out of your head because you can’t remember it’s damn name.

Well, I’m happy to report that my years of intermittent searching have finally dredged up a result. The name of the game is Willow Pattern by Firebird.

willow-pattern

TFFT!

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Nicola Hibbert is a mobile game developer based in Guildford, Surrey.

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