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App Review: Smule’s Magic Piano

by on April 5th, 2010

With the release of the iPad, comes an onslaught of new apps and games. Smule, creators of hits like I Am T-Pain, Leaf Trombone: World Stage, and Ocarina, have stepped up to the iPad plate to bring us Magic Piano.

Magic Piano does seem magical, when you’re using it. Like other Smule apps, it is very simple to use, and anyone of any age can pick this up and be intrigued. It is designed exclusively for the iPad, and the iPad’s large screen makes this delight to play with.

Here’s the official description from iTunes:

Play timeless pieces on spiral and circular keyboards, or follow beams of light – mastery requires only imagination.
Designed exclusively for the iPad by Smule, creators of Ocarina, Leaf Trombone, and I Am T-Pain, Magic Piano was inspired by the world renowned pianist Lang Lang.
Play alone, or travel through a warp hole and play Piano Roulette with other Magic Pianists across the world.

You have a few different modes to play with, in Magic Piano. There’s a solo freestyle mode, which allows you to just play to your heats content, on a open screen that you can tap anywhere, on a spiral piano keyboard, or a circular piano keyboard.

There is also “multiplayer” modes, where you can connect to people all of the world and play together. Duet and World modes allow you to play a song with one person, of many around the globe.

My favourite mode, has to be the Songbook mode. You select a classic piano tune, from the menu. Then you see a series of green orbs falling from above, with a glowing light. You tap the screen wherever the glowing light goes and, magically, you are a classical pianist! You can also set it to “No Fail”, to make it even easier. All you need to know is the rhythm of the song. Your friends and family will be amazed at how awesome you are, at piano!

You can check out a few videos of Magic Piano at Smule’s YouTube page, here.

I loved this app. I could play this for hours. Songbook mode really makes you feel like you can play the piano. I am a musician, but I have never learned the piano, and after a bit of practice I was playing these timeless classics, flawlessly.

The only negative thing I have to say about Magic Piano, is that I wish it came with more songs, in Songbook mode. Although you can play these songs over and over, you’re left wanting to learn more and more. Perhaps, in a future update, they’ll add more songs, or add the ability to buy more tracks, via in-app purchasing.

Overall, I give Smule’s Magic Piano a 4 out of 5. It is available now, in the US App Store, for $2.99.

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  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Smule makes some awesome apps. Can't wait to try this.

  • enjaysea

    I'm very disappointed with Magic Piano. The piano samples themselves are severely out of tune. It's like playing a honky tonk piano. Not up to the same quality as Smule's other titles.