I had some people playtesting a game the other day and noticed something curious. I've made a few little games that are light sci-fi themes and people seem to be very picky about the music that is playing. I myself when making them usually have a very clear idea in my head of what type of music I want, the songs that would play at certain sequences and so on.
Then I made a little game that is set in a more knights and elves setting, but found myself just downloading a free "generic fantasy song #145235", slapping it in and calling it a day. I didn't really care about how it sounded and people were not fussed about turning the music on.
So I got to wondering - Do other game developers here find themselves caring less about the music when making games in this setting? When using a fantasy setting, are there unique styles out there that are not just the typical "lord of the rings soundtrack"? Is it worth the time to find unique songs for this setting? Do you find that players care about music in this type of a setting? Is it perhaps a limitation on the instruments available for that setting that make it sound very similar, as compared to the freedom of a game set in a more up to date setting?
I have 4 games on my phone right now in a fantasy setting and every single one of them is more or less.