Final Fantasy The soundtrack to this role-playing fantasy game was created by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu. It features complex melodic arrangements and techniques in which notes on a chord are played in sequence. Hear Final Fantasy 8 theme tune
Sonic the Hedgehog This ’90s classic, from international games giant Sega, boasts a hedgehog protagonist who is able to run at supersonic speeds, curl into a ball and ‘power-roll’ at his enemies. The electro-style soundtrack speeds up when Sonic does.
Super Mario World This Nintendo game follows the adventures of brothers Mario and Luigi and their quest to save Dinosaur Land from nemesis Bowser. The jingle was written by Japanese composer Koji Kondo: his aim was to create short, simple melodies that can be repeated without inducing boredom. Hear Super Mario World theme tune
Tetris The main melody from this ’80s tile-matching puzzle game is an instrumental version of a popular Russian folk tune. It hit the charts in 1992 after being covered by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, under the pseudonym Doctor Spin.