Testing tracks for Tune Troopers

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Song Summoner The Unsung Heroes screen shot Hip-O-DromeSquare Enix’s recent iPod release, Song Summoner: The Unsung Heroes requires a lot of patience. Not because it is a strategic RPG, mind you, but because you’ll have to sift through quite a few songs in the Hip-O-Drome before you find some truly worthy Tune Troopers that can be used in battle.

I spent over an hour yesterday, just testing tracks in the game and seeing what would come from them. At one point, I abandoned logical assessment (15 minutes in), and decided to just have fun with it. The result was a selection of popular, video game related and obscure tracks being plugged in to see what came out. Would a “One Winged Angel” trooper trump an “Aerith’s Theme?” How would a classic track, like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” fare against a top 10 pop hit like “Bleeding Love?” Would other Square Enix songs, or other video game songs in general, create stronger warriors? I tested it so you don’t have to.

Since the creation guidelines aren’t clear yet, I’m not sure if others will get the same results. So I’m including all the information about the tracks I plugged in, in case song length, my rating of the song or how I sorted it effects the resulting Tune Trooper.

Song Summoner The Unsung Heroes screen shot enemyTitle: “Kimi ni Negai wo (Wishing for You aka When I Wish Upon You)”
Artist: Miyavi
Album: Kimi ni Negai wo CDS
Genre: Japanese Rock
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 4:39
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, B-ranked, Her Majesty soldier. (Note: This was the first Tune Trooper I created.)

Title: “One-Winged Angel”
Artist: Kingdom Hearts II
Album: Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack [Disc 2]
Genre: Opera
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 2:13
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, A-ranked, Spotlight Kid soldier.

Title: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Artist: Queen
Album: Greatest Hits
Genre: Classic Rock
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 5:56
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, C-ranked, Heaven’s Door knight.

Title: “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts”
Artist: Monty Python
Album: Monty Python’s Previous Record
Genre: Comedy
Rating: 3 Stars
Length: 2:51
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, D-ranked, Woody archer.

Song Summoner The Unsung Heroes screen shot choosing actionsTitle: “1000 Words”
Artist: Jade Valerie
Album: Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission Original Soundtrack
Genre: Pop
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 3:56
Tune Trooper: A Silver, C-ranked, Woody knight

Title: “7 Days Without You”
Artist: Teddy Geiger
Album: Underage Thinking
Genre: Pop
Rating: 4 Stars
Length: 3:35
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, A-ranked, Woody mage. (Note: All of this trooper’s stats were orange. I highly recommend making one.)

Title: “Bent”
Artist: Matchbox 20
Album: Mad Season
Genre: Rock
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 4:16
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, S-ranked, Neon Knight knight. (Note: This was the only of two S-ranked troopers I managed to create.)

Title: “Bleeding Love”
Artist: Leona Lewis
Album: Spirit
Genre: Pop
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 4:00
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, A-ranked, Swan Song mage.

Song Summoner The Unsung Heroes screen shot Electrochemical archerTitle: “Still Alive”
Artist: Jonathan Coulton
Album: The Orange Box
Genre: Dance
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 2:56
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, C-ranked, Electrochemical archer.

Title: “I’m Yours (Original Demo)”
Artist: Jason Mraz
Album: Wordplay – EP
Genre: Rock
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 4:17
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, B-ranked, Blue Fairy soldier.

Title: “Dragon”
Artist: Zwei
Album: Dragon [single]
Genre: Japanese Rock
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 5:17
Tune Trooper: A Platinum, A-ranked, Masquerade archer. (Note: This is the only platinum level and Masquerade type trooper I ended up creating.)

Title: “I was Made to Love Her”
Artist: Stevie Wonder
Album: Endless Love: 15 of Motown’s Greatest Love Songs
Genre: Classic R&B
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 2:38
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, B-ranked, TR 808 soldier.

Song Summoner The Unsung Heroes screen shot Tune Trooper attackTitle: “Never Gonna Give You Up”
Artist: Rick Astley
Album: Whenever You Need Somebody
Genre: Classic Pop
Rating: 4 Stars
Length: 3:36
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, C-ranked, Neon Knight knight.

Title: “Katamari on the Rock ~Main Theme~”
Artist: Miyano Tanaka
Album: Katamari Damacy
Genre: Japanese Pop
Rating: 3 Stars
Length: 5:57
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, A-ranked, Electrochemical archer.

Title: “Simple and Clean”
Artist: Hikaru Utada
Album: Kingdom Hearts Soundtrack
Genre: Pop
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 5:07
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, S-ranked, Captain Turbo soldier. (Note: This was the only Captain Turbo soldier I created, and the second of two S-ranked troopers.)

Title: “Aerith’s Theme [Piano Version]”
Artist: Final Fantasy VII AC
Album: Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Original Soundtrack [Disc 1]
Genre: Instrumental
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 4:07
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, C-ranked, Hip Hop Monk monk.

Song Summoner The Unsung Heroes screen shot Full House villainTitle: “Stay Beautiful”
Artist: The Last Goodnight
Album: Poison Kiss
Genre: Rock
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 3:08
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, B-ranked, Punk and Disorderly monk.

Title: “Werewolves of London”
Artist: Adam Sandler
Album: Enjoy Every Sandwich
Genre: Rock
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 4:02
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, B-ranked, Burn Out soldier.

Title: “Mexican Flyer [Original]”
Artist: Space Channel 5
Album: Space Channel 5
Genre: Instrumental
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 2:36
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, C-ranked, Crystal Shot archer.

Title: “Three Minutes Clapping”
Artist: J.D. Camaro
Album: Subarashiki Kono Sekai + The World Ends With You (TWEWY) – EP
Genre: Hip Hop
Rating: 5 Stars
Length: 3:10
Tune Trooper: A Bronze, B-ranked, Swan Song mage.

So here’s what we’ve learned today: Using a Square Enix game’s song from will not guarantee a good Tune Trooper (ex. “Aerith’s Theme” and “Three Minutes Clapping”). Sometimes the Song Summoner’s recommendations, like “include a 7 in the title” are correct (“7 Days Without You”). The game doesn’t appreciate British humor (“I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts”), but doesn’t mind American comedians (“Werewolves of London”). It also apparently has a weakness for the Japanese rock duo Zwei (“Dragon”). Also, sadly, “Bleeding Love’s” Tune Trooper would kick “Bohemian Rhapsody’s” Tune Trooper’s butt.

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  • The Ploogle

    Sorry to tell you, but you can go back and make a totally different Tropper out of the same song. I went back after creating a Gold trooper and got a really lame Bronze one with the SAME SONG. I'm sure there's a pattern, but it's not procedural by any means. Maybe factors like 1s or 7s in the title contribute to a better chance of generating music, while the Genre determines the type, but I have no clue at all. I'll try sitting down for a couple of hours one day and figure it out with trial-and-error.

    Great guide, though. Nice to know that the 1s and 7s trick actually works!

  • Jenni Lada

    Hi The Ploogle!

    I just found that out this morning too. I was waiting for a friend to call, and was playing around with my pod. I selected ABBA's Dancing Queen. Didn't choose the trooper. Then I accidentally selected it again, and decided to see what would happen – and I got a different trooper. Did it again and another different one.

    If anything, at least this guide's funny. 😀

    Yup. The recommendations usually work really well. I used Billy Joel's "All About Soul (Remix)" and got a pretty decent trooper as well. I didn't keep the archer it spawned (the accuracy wasn't good enough) but it was still nice to see that when it recommends songs, it makes a difference.

    Its really a fun game, but I'm spending way too much time in the Hip-O-Drome and Rehersal arena.


    Another thing: Song Summoner, when reinstalled/used on another ipod, produces different troopers for songs. I recently had to reinstall Song Summoner on my iPod due to some data corruption, and when I used the same songs as I did before to make my best troopers, I wound up with fairly average troopers, and had to begin using other songs to make troopers. Additionally, I tested this theory on another iPod, and sure enough, the majority of the songs I chose previously produced different stats. This brings me to the conclusion that the troopers and stats for each song are actually randomized, and there is no set system for which songs produce which troopers aside from the Soul Master's tips and perhaps some other exceptional cases.

    The iPod is powerful, but not that powerful.

    Regardless, I could be wrong, considering that Metallica's "Ride the Lightning" (Live in Paris) has always produced the "La Chanteuse" trooper for me, and Angels and Airwaves' "The Adventure" always produced a "Freedom Fighter" (though the stats have always been different). So, although being fairly randomized, there could be a certain pattern to the songs and troopers, which I've yet to find.

    Anyway, fun game to pass the time, and I spend a lot of it in the Hip-O-Drome and the Rehearsal room.

  • Raphael

    Stats are random, but I don't think troops change. However, I think it'll be interesting to note that I played the Advent Children version of One Winged Angel, and I got Little Sister.

    Also, I played 2 different versions of Crush 40's Live and Learn from Sonic Adventure 2, all with good results.
    Original: Her Majesty
    2007 Mix: Father Fusion
    Both of them have the exact same instruments, vocals, and lyrics, only that the sounds have been enhanced. The drums are louder in the original, but in the 2007 mix, they've been equaled by the other instruments. Also, other instruments are more clear in the 2007 mix.

    Also, I played The Winds Cried Mary by Jimmi Hendrix, and I got a Forbidden Apple with a VERY good rank.

    And, in an odd twist, I used Seven Rings in Hand (another Sonic song) and I got Maximux Gear at Silver level. Them, when I used the Crush 40 remix, I got another Her Majesty, but at bronze.

    Finally, I played The Worlds Enemy, which is a shorter faster version of One-Winged Angel from Crisis Core. I got a silver Neon Knight, ranked A.

    Different versions= different results.
    Now then, I have to go get my aquasign back because I accidently picked manual save -_-

  • Raphael

    Oh yeah, this may not matter, but I played another Sonic song, Open Your Heart, which pretty much talks about a storm and stuff. I got Mad Maelstrom.

    Basically, everytime I played a song from a sonic game, I've got good results. Hm, wonder what Green Hill Zone would get me. TO SOAH CITY!