Submerged Castle has been a favorite of mine for this series. I would describe it as some sort of entity trying to imitate stock children’s music and failing to do so in such spectacular fashion. It knows what should be there to make it work, but it all comes out garbled and wrong.
Like the song this doll is a terrible imitation of beloved childhood memories and can at the very least be unnerving (unless you’re Occams, then you probably have a collection of these on a shelf). That said Submerged Castle is perfectly spooky song, but it’s not todays choice.
Water Wraith: Pikmin 2 Steam:[H93T9-8WD92-YM0AQ]
Today’s piece is actually the theme of the water wraith which is another song that isn’t dreadful because of the song, but for what it represents. You see when I play Pikmin I actually grow attached to them and I don’t want to lose any of them. I feel really bad and obsessively call the group together before sundown as to avoid leaving any of them behind lest this happen:
Imagine running back to your home, to your family, because death is imminently closing in on you. You run back mere seconds too late, the ship has sailed with everyone on it. Now you watch them leave and wait as death closes in on you, to feast on you, and there is nothing you can do. A very horrible way to go.
So you can imagine how I feel when a nigh unstoppable rolling death machine drops from the sky without warning. Not only do I have to contest with the normal enemies and traps, but I have a soft timer to finish each floor, otherwise the wraith will pop up and begin wrecking the place. The feeling of dread and fear is enhanced by my desire to keep as many Pikmin alive as I can in the face of a force I cannot stand against (because it’s invincible until you get to the boss arena).
Despite all the tension I managed to clear submerged castle on my first run. I love the idea of the water wraith and the level itself (while not very castle like) is still fun to play and suitable creepy. A very memorable level and encounter for sure.