Godzilla: Archipelago Shock
Game Title
 Godzilla: Archipelago Shock

Music By: Akira Ifukube
Record Label: Sega

Running Time: 31:18 (48:13) Discs: 1
Release: November 1995 CD Number: GS-9050
Anthony Romero
Like most CD based games, the 1995 Godzilla title by Sega doubles as a soundtrack when placed in a CD player. Also, like most CD games, the first track is data, comprised of information for the game itself, which translates into a lot of dead space unless skipped.

In terms of the music, it's mostly a pseudo compilation featuring themes from earlier Godzilla films. On one hand, the actual music is great, the variety that works very well as a stand alone experience. However, the problem is that these themes have been edited down and drastically shortened in order to be more easily looped in the game's soundtrack. The ending result is a lot of 30-60 second cues that leave the listener just wanting to hear the original, unedited, themes. A couple of the transitions here are also a little rough, as the music seems to end abruptly due to the way Sega edited the theme, something that is particularly noticeable on the "SY-3 Sortie" track. The disc isn't entirely filled with stock music, though, as the last two tracks are unique to the game. For video game music, both are fairly soothing and avoid the normal pitfall of repetition.

Overall, the musical content makes an interesting bonus for people who purchased the game, but still leaves a lot to be desired. The very short runtime of a little over half an hour (around 50 minutes if one's CD player picks up all the dead space) is really the nail in the coffin for this awkward collection of music.

For those wondering, the tracks come from the following movies:
2. Godzilla (1954)
3. Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
4. Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
5. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
6. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
7. Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
8. Destroy All Monsters (1968)
9. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
10. The Return of Godzilla (1984)
11. Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
12. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
13. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
14. The Return of Godzilla (1984)
15. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

It should be noted that the tracks have no titles, and that the site's staff has compiled the ones below using their original titles from the movies or what screens they are tied to.
Rating: Star Rating
  1. Data Track [Dead Space]
  2. Intercept Godzilla
  3. Godzilla Advances
  4. Mothra vs. Godzilla
  5. The Fury of the Gravity Beam
  6. The Greatest Battle on Earth
  7. Great Monster War March
  8. SY-3 Sortie
  9. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
    Composer: Masaru Sato
  10. The Search for the Enemy Begins
    Composer: Reijiro Koroku
  11. Maser March
  12. Mechagodzilla's Theme [1993]
  13. Moguera vs. SpaceGodzilla
    Composer: Takayuki Hattori
  14. Super High-Rise Rescue
    Composer: Reijiro Koroku
  15. Godzilla's Theme [1994]
    Composer: Takayuki Hattori
  16. Stage Clear
    Composer: Sega (Unknown)
  17. Game Over
    Composer: Sega (Unknown)