VGMC, 8-Bit Wandering: "Twilight Jungle" Review
Reading the description of your song, the care you put into the story and concept of your entry is apparent. The steady pace of the song makes me feel as if I'm trodding through a cramped, humid jungle, keeping an eye out for the dangers this environment all too readily offers. I love the details you add to the song to keep it interesting - like the strings at 1:03 swelling in and out throughout the song, or the panning of the piano at 0:59 - it almost feels like you're keeping the listener on their toes. Additionally, the groove throughout this song, while its playfulness doesn't quite match the menace of the story you wrote, is filled with a moderate but persistent energy.
While I appreciate the groove of the song, I feel as if it's a bit too present in the song throughout its span. In other words, I think the song doesn't evolve enough, or should have some sections with lesser dynamics. For example, there's only one distinct section of the song where the drums drop out completely (which can be heard at 0:49), and it only runs for ~5 seconds. While this normally wouldn't be an issue for video game music, with songs often serving up only one or two distinct vibes, I feel like the story you wrote is a lot more dynamic than that, which makes the song's steadiness feel unambitious and a bit stagnant.
Overall, though, I think you've made a really solid piece! I like the approach you took to the retro nature of my theme - most people just used 8-bit sounds or bitcrushed synths to get their song to adhere. Nice work, keep at it! :)