These are some really nice tracks shown off here! This is my first time taking part in this contest, so I'm not sure how well my ranking for these pieces will be. With that said, I looked at the pieces entered in the context of how well their music would fit in any of the classic dungeon settings. It got really hard to decide which pieces deserved the top spots, so that goes to show the quality of the pieces that are on offer here. Here's my rundown:
@Danilo_Ciaffi - I loved the slow, moody vibe you created here, and the harp and the flute accompany each other quite well. It seems mysterious, while also very open. It sounded like it belonged in a cave level from a 3D platformer.
@Tremendouz - This is definitely an ambitious piece, with a great tribal sound, while still staying upbeat and adventurous. It sounded more like music you'd hear in a jungle area though as opposed to a dungeon, so I'm not sure I can rank it higher than some of the other pieces here. Really nice overall though, probably one of the best produced pieces.
@argyulo - This is proper haunted house music and I love it! Tense, scary, and a nice use of atmospheric sounds, very strong case for hearing this in a game.
@sharprainmusic - This piece sounds like a triumphant climb, and the opening sounds like the hero almost preparing for what's about to come. Not sure if I'd hear this in a dungeon per se, it has more in common with a pivotal story moment. With an ending like that I'm not even sure it could be called "Dungeon of the Hopeless". I will definitely be listening to this on its own a few times though!
@Mairiba - Now this is dungeon music! I like the development you give the melody, and the strings and clarinet really nail that perfect balance of mysticism and mystery that many great dungeon's have. This tune would be right at home in many RPG's.
@Avaruussaha - This is another jungle-y piece, but it feels more at home in a temple as opposed to the jungle itself, which I think solidifies the theme for me. The simple guitar chords and tribal instruments really go a long way to establishing the feel, though I feel that the piano in the middle feels a little out of place.
@psycosulu - Definitely nails the Cyberpunk aesthetic, the constant escalation of the droning feels suitably menacing. A lack of any real direction makes the tune a little hard to place though, I know it's cyberpunk, but that on its own is a very broad stroke of a brush.
@floflo79 - This one takes a while to get going, but once that those harmonics in the piece becomes great! I can see this as a theme for exploring some mines, with an almost swashbuckling vibe. I even get a Darren Korb-ey impression from this piece. The biggest problem with the piece is that is seems to stop before getting to the good stuff!
@Lloyde_Sorrow I got a real Professor Layton vibe from this piece, and that's not a bad thing considering I love the Layton games soundtracks! It has a nice somber feeling in the middle, with that lovely sense of mystery in the middle, and those violins work very nicely to ratchet up the tension again. The variety of instruments in the piece is also impressive.
@hslesperance - I got Mystery Dungeon vibes from this piece the moment I pressed play, and that alone makes it one of my favourites. The complexity of all of the instruments fighting for the position of main melody is awesome, and sounds just like cave-y music to me.
So, to give my final rankings of which pieces I felt deserve the top spot of Best Dungeon Theme, we have:
1st place: Mairiba - "Dire Depths"
2nd place: hslesperance - "Caution"
3rd place: Lloyde Sorrow - "Dungeon Theme"
4th place: argyulo/yulomax - "Fog Of Fear"
5th place: Danilo Ciaffi - "Dungeon Theme"
Honourable Mention: Florian Decres/floflo79 - "Dungeon Music"