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!
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
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