A shame there are so few submissions this time. It's a fun theme that can go in so many different directions and all the entries are high quality this month.
@floflo79 - Very Morricone with the instrumentation and that galloping 8th-16th-16th rhythm. Inspiring melody and the youtube version is a much needed improvement, the soundcloud one doesn't do the song justice, you might consider replacing the audio on SC with the YT version. Can I ask what programs were used for the two different versions?
@SombraDLG - Welcome Sombra! Surprisingly lighthearted, other than the middle section, for a distorted electric lead. Would work in a MMORPG. That waterfall song is cool too, I'll have to check out your guitar covers later!
@TylerCunningham - A bit more understated compared to the previous two entries. Feels like exploring a forgotten temple. Sounds grand yet a little uneasy.
Avaruussaha - The repeating string ostinato that starts at 0:03 gives it a Chinese flair to my ears (probably not what you were going for), which is not a region that is explored in VG deserts. Interesting and relaxing track with lots of variation in such a short time.
@Kwok_Works - Another newcomer! I'll likewise have to check some of your work, looks like you compose quite a bit of film music which comes across in this track. Unique setting with the market, sounds like the protaganist is getting chased out by guards near the end.
All great entries, here's my picks:
3rd - TylerCunningham
2nd - floflo79
1st - SombraDLG
Everyone vote so we can get started on the next theme! And the Tribal Village idea would be a good follow-up to the desert.