Man vs. Machine | Knuckles Chaotix Soundtrack Review

A brief history and Review of the Sega 32X, Knuckles’ Chaotix and one of the best Sonic soundtracks of all time.

“Door Into Summer” — Knuckles’ Chaotix

The 32X? What’s That?

I never owned a 32X and can’t say I’ve met anyone who did. Or if they had one, they certainly didn’t own up to it. The 32X was a sort of stopgap for SEGA as the developer worked to stay competitive during a transitional time in gaming. Following an aggressive marketing campaign that gave the Genesis an edgier, more adolescent character, SEGA was looking to capitalize on its momentum.

The Minds Behind the Music

At the time of Knuckles’ Chaotix release, Shiratsu and Nanba were just the second and third women to lead composing for a Sonic game, preceded only by Yayoi Fujimori’s compositions on Sonic Triple Trouble. Shiratsu had a hand in composing for Genesis and SEGA CD games as early as 1994, the same year she composed for the Sonic Crackers. Her talents were certainly recognized, as some of her tracks were further developed into Knuckles’ Chaotix songs like “Electoria” and “Evening Star.”

Knuckles Chaotix — Soundtrack Review

Knuckles’ Chaotix takes place in Newtrogic High Zone, which depending on whether you played the English or Japanese game was either a carnival sought out by Dr. Robotnik to harness the power of the Chaos Rings, or an Eggman influenced amusement park that he planned to use to take over the world.

“Mechanical Dance” — Knuckles’ Chaotix
“Moonrise” — Knuckles’ Chaotix
“Midnight Greenhouse” — Knuckles Chaotix



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