Angry Piano Season: iPhone App Written Review
At first blush, one might suspect Angry Piano Season, by developer Vittorio Cazzadore, of being a simple Angry Birds clone. To be fair, the app certainly draws a lot design-wise from the mega-selling and often franchised iPhone hit. However, with a deeper peel, the app quickly reveals itself as a wildly engaging way to both learn the piano, play along to some catchy tunes, and strike out some pleasant rhythm-based gameplay, to boot. The app isn’t perfect, but with future updates guaranteed with each season, as well as a wealth of new content in the pipes, there’s no better time to jump on the Angry Piano Season bandwagon. For our full thoughts on this duck-studded rhythm game for the iPhone, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Gameplay
As mentioned, Angry Piano Season genuinely does look like yet another Angry Birds clone at first launch. There’s the seasons motif, which is further accentuated by a gird-layout menu bar, complete with selectable, star-based levels. However, the minute a level is loaded, all other similarities melt away, revealing a game concept that’s wholly its own. Rather than flinging poultry at porcine, Angry Piano Season has its players tapping on food-labelled keys alongside a beat that drops along the top of the screen. Notes scroll past, and its up to the player to find the appropriate key, and then tap it with a finger—in time, too, or no points are awarded.
In this sense, the app becomes a lot more like a basic puzzle game, or even a rhythm-based title for the iPhone. However, it’s always a fairly accurate way to boost your piano playing skills. The notes themselves do not directly correspond to the keys on the keyboard, requiring you to know where the food stuffs are without looking. So, in a way, Angry Piano Season is fully capable of increasing your hand-eye coordination: A vital skill for the virtuoso pianist.
Design and Graphics
That being said, we do wish the game hadn’t borrowed quite so much from the Angry Birds mold. It’s not a deal breaker, but it’s certainly distracting to have such heavy influence on the table. On another note—no pun intended—we also found the keys a bit picky, requiring us to tap the notes exactly when needed, or else the game wouldn’t accept them. This level of difficulty may appeal to some, but we found ourselves wanting for a little more leniency.
However, we can hardly knock Angry Piano Season in the value department. Sporting a wealth of levels, as-is, and with even more content on the way with the coming seasons, Angry Piano Season is only going to grow. The two dollar price-tag is exactly one dollar higher than we’d like, but with so much promised content already in the chutes, we suppose it’s not quite a deal breaker. All in all, Angry Piano Season is a wonderful mix of rhythm and puzzle, easily drawing fans of both genres.
Angry Piano Season requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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