Moon Breakers

Composed By: Bear McCreary

Distributed by: Conan the Furky Music

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


          Moon Breakers is a 3D multi-player space combat game available on Google Chrome Browser.  The game is set in the future where the universe has undergone vast changes.  Space travel has allowed the galaxy to be repopulated.  Helium-3, an energy resource necessary for continued space flight, has become a valuable commodity.  Players choose between becoming an official pilot representing a specific government or an intergalactic pirate, vying for their right to mine Helium-3 from the moon

            The musical score of Moon Breakers was created by American composer Bear McCreary.  Known for his incredibly popular musical score for the Battlestar Galactica television series, McCreary has also created musical scores for a number of other television series and movies such as The Cape, The Walking Dead, Eureka, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Chillerama and more.  McCreary is also no stranger to video game scoring having created musical scores for SOCOM 4 and Dark Void.

            According to Bear McCreary, he wanted to create a musical score for Moon Breakers that would be a homage to Golden Age space combat video games - the kind he grew up playing in the 70s and 80s.  The Moon Breakers Theme is therefore anthemic, featuring sweeping orchestral scoring, horn fanfare and synthesizer sound to give the theme a 70s/80s feel.  My favorite track is Clans of the Space Pirates which has that ethnic feel of the scores for Battlestar Galactica that made McCreary so famous.  Fast-paced and featuring fiddles, synths and heavy percussion, the track has a very familiar Celtic sound.  The track is a lot of fun and I challenge anyone listening it not to tap their hands or feet to the music.  Hell, you might get up and actually start to dance to it.

            The entire Moon Breakers Soundtrack is a whole lot of fun, albeit short.  At eighteen minutes, the music is so enjoyable that you'll find yourself wanting more when you reach the end of the last track.  Perhaps we can persuade Bear McCreary to make an expanded edition soundtrack featuring music inspired by the game in addition to the music he created for the game itself.  At any rate, I would recommend the Moon Breakers Soundtrack to fans of music everywhere whether they are into video game soundtracks, movie soundtrack or just find enjoyment in a fun and well-composed musical score.


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