The Scheme (PC88)
The Scheme (ザ・スキーム, Za Sukiimu) is an action-adventure game best described as the bastard child of Castlevania II and Metroid. The game is set up into separate levels, and within each level is a boss and a gate, both hidden somewhere in the level. The gate will only open once you have collected the item to open it from the boss, but as the game progresses you will quickly learn that finding either one at any moment in time is a very daunting task.
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The Scheme is one of the more obscure works of one of the more famous video game composers, Yuzo Koshiro. Because the game was released during a time period where PC88 sound development was moving off of the OPN chip (YM2203) and onto the new OPNA chip (YM2608), The Scheme had to have two versions of its soundtrack in order for people who still had older models to enjoy the game to its fullest. Instead of simply upgrading the OPN soundtrack for the OPNA version, Yuzo Koshiro composed two completely different soundtracks that both are outstanding even on their own. Even the two songs that are shared, Death World and The Force Rotted Away, are completely different between the two. Just goes to show that even though one chip may be more advanced, it doesn't automatically make it better than the outdated one.
There are two sound tests in the game: a normal one for the YM2203 soundtrack (which also has unused music) and a secret "80 Tunes Mode" sound test that is made entirely of original songs from mostly unknown composers, who are "Onion", "God", "C.A Taeam", and Shinobu Hayashi. The YM2203 sound test uses completely different names for some of the tracks as compared to the physical soundtrack release. The YM2608 soundtrack does not seem to have a sound test at all.
101~112 are songs played when in YM2203 mode; 201~216 are songs played when in YM2608 mode. (Please note this will change once the rest of the music in the game is ripped and recorded)
This recording is incomplete.
|101||Opening Theme||Yuzo Koshiro||1:46||Download|
|102||Death World||Yuzo Koshiro||0:30||Download|
|103||The Legend of Hero||Yuzo Koshiro||2:38||Download|
|104||Fight the Force||Yuzo Koshiro||0:40||Download|
|105||Dark City||Yuzo Koshiro||1:20||Download|
|106||Black Scheme||Yuzo Koshiro||1:48||Download|
|107||Upper Beat||Yuzo Koshiro||0:40||Download|
|109||Huge Power||Yuzo Koshiro||1:28||Download|
|110||The Force Rotted Away||Yuzo Koshiro||1:36||Download|
|111||Darkside Sing||Yuzo Koshiro||1:59||Download|
|112||The Theme of Hardy||Yuzo Koshiro||1:30||Download|
|201||Into the Lair||Yuzo Koshiro||0:54||Download|
|202||Death World||Yuzo Koshiro||1:27||Download|
|203||I'll Save You All My Justice||Yuzo Koshiro||3:10||Download|
|205||Ha! Ha!||Yuzo Koshiro||2:24||Download|
|206||Perpertual Dark!||Yuzo Koshiro||2:49||Download|
|207||Shout Down||Yuzo Koshiro||1:59||Download|
|208||Thousand Eyes||Yuzo Koshiro||1:52||Download|
|209||Nuclear Power||Yuzo Koshiro||1:22||Download|
|210||Master of the Shooting||Yuzo Koshiro||1:33||Download|
|211||Angry Fist||Yuzo Koshiro||1:35||Download|
|212||The Force Rotted Away||Yuzo Koshiro||1:42||Download|
|213||The Emperor was Steeped in Vice||Yuzo Koshiro||2:54||Download|
|214||Hardy is the Strongest||Yuzo Koshiro||2:31||Download|
|215||Challenging Tomorrow||Yuzo Koshiro||3:03||Download|
|216||Game Over||Yuzo Koshiro||0:17||Download|
- Ripper: N/A
- Recorder: banshiryuu
- Game Credits:
- 音楽 (Music): Yuzo Koshiro credited as 古代 祐三 (Koshiro Yuzo)
Music was recorded through the Hoot player, an emulator for numerous Japanese computers and sound systems.