Hello Kitty Music: Piano Play-Along: Written iPhone App Review
We won’t lie to you: We were quite recently scared to death of any application that had a Hello Kitty theme going for it. This isn’t to say we disapprove of the cute little cat and her pink bow—rather, we’re simply not the target age group for her merchandise. Then again, we still managed to have an absolute blast playing Hello Kitty Music: Piano Play-Along. We know, we know: Quel surprise. But in all honesty, the app is a tremendous way to introduce your children to music through a real piano keyboard, complete with pre-defined songs, a mini recording studio, and more than enough pizazz to hold their interests. Want our full review? You need only to slide on down below the break!
Concept and Functionality
Typically, when we think about musical applications aimed at children, we tend to imagine an offering that’s been severely hamstrung by the need to simplify the subject matter: No black keys, very basic playback, etc. However, that just isn’t what you’ll find here with Hello Kitty Music: Piano Play-Along. The app gives your child a full register on a real keyboard, and then allows them to play along with the included tracks, or just poke at the notes on their own. This is marvelously brilliant, and as it has not been inhibited in anyway, they have the full, real scale at their fingertips.
Furthermore, Kitty and all of her friends rest just above the keyboard, letting them know what note they’re playing at any given point in time. We liked this a lot, as it’s a constant visual reminder of the notes, leading your child swiftly to music recognition. That’s a good thing.
Design and Content
However, the fun hardly stops there. You see, the app comes with a remarkable six different instruments to choose from, including a standard piano, a guitar, a flute, a sax, a drum kit, and even a vocal chorus. Not only that, but your kid can also record their songs and play them back to you. Want more? Now about an incredible graphics set that features all of the characters from the Hello Kitty universe that your child adores? If you want all of that cake, and you’d like to eat it too, then you’re absolutely in luck. It’s all here, and in a vibrant, well-designed package to boot.
At the end of the day, we have this to say about Hello Kitty Music: Piano Play-Along. It’s a phenomenal way to get your kid’s musical interests going, and a tremendous value for the results. There aren’t many applications out there short of Garageband that are creating this much potential in such a friendly package. That’s, in our humble, musical opinion, easily worth any price, and we think you’ll agree.
Hello Kitty Music: Piano Play-Along requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.
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