In 2001, David struck out in a new direction, writing a score for a
video game. In Europe, it was entitled
"Atlantis 3", in America, it went by "Beyond Atlantis 2". Whatever it was called,
many reviews made note of the unique music within the game.
www.justadventure.com: "The musical score by David Rhodes...is
exceptional. Rich and varied as the graphics are, the music really helps create a series of vivid
moods. This is particularly evident during a cave scene, when the score echoes the whispers of
long-lost Siberian hunters."
What do long-lost Siberian hunters sound like? No one can know for sure (they're lost!), but
some guess it might be something like this.
The reviewer from
Adventureland, who, aside from inadvertently rechristening Mr. Rhodes, seemed to enjoy
the music, wrote: "The wind blows and the water ripples, fire flickers, the grass is soft,
and the indigenous wildlife is varied and unusual (we particularly like the inclusion of the charging
wooly mammoth and the now extinct saber-toothed tiger!), and all with perfect background music by
Daniel Rhodes that adds much to the mood and enjoyment of the game."
What kind of background music could accompany a woolly mammoth? Perhaps
this might fit the bill!
A mixed review
here, but in one respect, we think he was spot on: "The musical score is marvellous.
Not muzak, but separate musical
compositions that have a definite beginning and end. They complement many of the locations, helping
to build and enhance the mood and tone. I often turn the music right down so that it is just in
the background to kill the silence. In this game, I had it turned up and enjoyed many pieces
in their own right." How many video games can you say that about?
Here's a tune from the score that's
enjoyable in its own right, even without Siberian hunters, woolly mammoths or strange and
interesting puzzles to solve.