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Pluto Piano

App Name:  Pluto Piano (Pluto Learns Piano)

Kid Tester Ratings: ***** 5/5

Teacher/Parent Ratings: ***** 5/5

Educational Value: Superior

 

Price $FREE

Recommended Ages: 4 and up

Skills Developed: Note Reading, Song Recognition/Repetition, Music Enthusiasm, Timing, Pitch 

App tested on: iPad

 

Good stuff about this app:  I’m not sure if I can say enough about this app.  It is absolutely amazing!  If you haven’t downloaded it yet, do it immediately (after reading whole review).  Your children will be thrilled.  Have any young piano players in the room?  They’ll be stuck to it for weeks. None of my kids are tired of it yet and we have had it for about 4 weeks now.

The idea is that you use your finger to move Pluto (the penguin) up and down on the musical staff.  He then “pops” the notes at the right time to play the correct notes with the fun accompaniment.  You have to be very careful that Pluto is in the correct position or he may end up popping an incorrect bubble instead.    We really got a kick out of dodging the whales, octopuses (octopusi?), and other creatures.

We couldn’t believe our eyes when Pluto showed up with a Santa hat on during the Holidays.  What fun!   We spent several days unlocking all of the new song choices and trying to score really high.  (That third star is really hard to get!)  We unlocked 17 different songs in 7 different categories (classical collection, starter songs, etc) before we reached a level of songs requiring an additional $ purchase.  Well worth it, if you ask me.

 

Our Wish List: Not too much left to want here, but if I could have my wish I would want to see the notes (on the staff just as introduced) while using the game in piano mode.  Since we just repeated the same tune over and over, we are ready to try playing it on the piano while seeing the notes as well.

My Love: I love almost everything about this app.  The song choices are incredible and the quality of the music recordings is impeccable.  Bravo!  Everyone should know some Swan Lake and a Bach Minuet or two.

All-in-all we give this app our FAVORITE APP award because of its true music education value and its hooking sequence. None of the kids wanted to stop “playing”.  Good Job, guys!

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Summary: All-in-all we absolutely love this app!  The skills gained while playing are invaluable.  Besides, the kids I used for testers have wanted to play it over and over and over and over again.  Great work developers!

 

 

Purchase Pluto Piano now on iTunes app store for: $FREE

Purchase for iPad HD:Pluto Learns Piano HD - Pluto Games, Inc.

Purchase for iPhone:Pluto Learns Piano - Pluto Games, Inc.

Have you already downloaded this app? Please leave us a comment and let us know what you thought. -Rebecca

 

3 Comments

  1. Hi

    I am trying to find the Pluto piano app via iTunes but cannot find it. Is it still available and how can we find it.

    Thanks

  2. Any plans on creating an android version of this app? Have seen the iPad version but have all windows and android devices in the house. Would love this app but am not going to buy an iPad just for this.

  3. Very entertaining and educational for our whole family. The lessons and practice are quite challenging and we are learning to play songs that we love to hear over and over. Thank you for creating this app!!!!

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