"If you’ve pre-ordered Koopa Soundworks’ “World 1-2: Encore,” you may want to go back to the group’s Bandcamp page, as the album is now fully available for your ears to take in.
Encore serves as a follow-up album to “World 1-2,” which included originals and game music remixes by acts like Danimal Cannon and Stemage, and even some illustrious game composer names like Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden, Captain Tsubasa 2) and Manami Matsumae (Mega Man, Shovel Knight, Mighty No. 9). Encore sticks strictly to game music for the most part, with acts like Video Game Orchestra, Monomirror and Insert Rupee providing jams from a variety of favorites, including Super Hexagon, Metroid and Sonic the Hedgehog.
For $8, you get the digital album in a music format of your choosing. If you’ve somehow missed out on both World 1-2 and Encore, you can fork over $24 (add $6 for U.S. shipping) to get “World 1-2: The Complete Collection,” a physical three-disc compilation of both albums.
I reviewed the album about two weeks ago, and I happened to like it. A lot. If you love videogame music then you owe it to yourself to check it out. Just a word of warning: wear a seatbelt for Video Game Orchestra’s rendition of Super Hexagon’s “Focus” music." - Patrick Kulikowski