Arctic (FC)

From Video Game Music Preservation Foundation Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Arctic - FC.jpg
Platform: FC
Year: 1990
Developer: Unknown

Arctic is a puzzle game originally developed by Artdink, the same company behind the A-Train games. The game plays in a similar fashion to A-Train, but is unique in its own ways. There are blue and yellow balls that move around the track when you press the Start button, and your goal is to guide the balls back to their respective-colored stations. You can move all the blue tracks at once with the A button and all the yellow tracks with the B button. You must also watch out for the silver balls on the track, which will send your balls back in the opposite direction.

The game also has a level select screen, so you don't have to start the whole game over whenever you turn off the game.

Though the game is completely in English, it was never released outside of Japan, possibly because Pony Canyon or FCI didn't believe the game would sell well.

The game was also released for other home computers such as the PC-9801 and MSX.

It is unknown who developed the Famicom version of the game, but it is likely that it was Crosstalk.


Arctic - FC - Title Screen.png

The game's title screen.

Arctic - FC - Gameplay 1.png

Playing the first level.

Arctic - FC - Gameplay 2.png

Viewing the options, which lets you set the speed and level.

Arctic - FC - Gameplay 3.png

Stage 15.

Arctic - FC - Gameplay 4.png

The final stage.

Arctic - FC - Gameplay 5.png

I win!


The game's title music is taken from the computer versions, though the rest of songs should be checked if they are used in the computer versions as well. The in-game music is exactly the same as the title music, but omits the second square wave channel, as well as plays slightly quieter.

The game contains a hidden sound test accessed by holding Down and Start at the title screen. Surprisingly, the game gives the names of the songs. Tracks 3-10 all play when you are starting a level.

No version of the game seems to have credits, so it is unknown who composed the music. If Crosstalk developed the Famicom version, it is most likely Yoshio Kobayashi did the arrangements, as he was their primary audio composer.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Arctic Main BGM UnknownUnknown 1:55
02 Arctic Game BGM UnknownUnknown 1:55
03 Ran Ran Ran UnknownUnknown 0:36
04 One Night King UnknownUnknown 0:45
05 Fighting Ball! UnknownUnknown 0:31
06 Nori! Nori! UnknownUnknown 0:31
07 City Route XYZ UnknownUnknown 0:31
08 Final Touch Down UnknownUnknown 0:31
09 Children Plaza UnknownUnknown 0:31
10 Pri Pri Hips! UnknownUnknown 0:31
11 Game Over BGM UnknownUnknown 0:09
12 Winner BGM UnknownUnknown 0:08



(No source; Game lacks credits.)

Neither the game nor the manual have credits. When you beat the final stage, the game takes you back to the first stage. The computer versions' manuals should be checked for credits, as the computer versions don't appear to have any in-game credits at all.

Game Rip




Audio Devices

The game uses the NES's 2A03. The Noise channel is never used. The sound driver used in this game was also used in Bakushou! Jinsei Gekijou (FC), Hillsfar (NES), and Jangou (FC).


  Japan.svg   Japan
Arctic - FC.jpg
Title: アークティック (Arctic)
Platform: FC
Released: 1990-02-23
Publisher: Pony Canyon Inc.


Arctic Platform - FC.png • Platform - FM7.png • Platform - MSX.png • Platform - PC88.png • Platform - PC98.png • Platform - X1.png
Notable Songs Arctic Main BGM
Notable Personnel Unknown
Notable Companies Artdink