Electronic Theatre In-depth Review: Music

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            Music is a new Nintendo DS release from Nobilis, intended to deliver the potency of creative aural delights in two measures. Primarily, Music can be used a tuition tool, but additionally presents a couple of Rhythm Action mini-games as a more relaxing part of the package. But with few details having been made available on either of the gaming propositions before release, a large question hangs over whether Music can deliver an engaging experience in both capacities.

            The tutorial part of the game is certainly presented well, offering lessons and tests under the Lesson Mode that range from basic pitch detection to keeping Electronic Theatre Imagetempo, and even encouraging more complicated tasks such as beginning to read sheet music. Taking the player through a number of easily digestible stages, it’s surprising quite how quickly players will pick up the basics without outside influence. Though, it must be said, those intending to become confident translators of sheet music must have a degree of receptiveness towards a finer understanding of music creation to begin with.

            Additional tools are included, such a chord chart that shows the fingering for each chord on guitar and the correct combination of keys on a piano, and a glossary that not only explains musical terminology, but also offers the player a test of their knowledge. All of these learning tools are topped-off with the Performance Mode, which gives players the option to unlock up to sixty-five songs with points earned in the Lesson Mode. These songs can then be played from reading the sheet music on the top screen and interpreting it on a small set of piano keys on the touch screen, though are limited in their scope, with no modern hits included.

            The tuition element of Music is actually quite respectable, and could easily be seen as a useful tool to aid younger gamers with their music education or low level qualifications, or even as a refresher course for older players. However, the mini-game component isn’t quite so successful. Labelled Enjoy Mode, the four mini-games are less than enticing, and could only ever be considered a mild distraction. Balloon Pop, which asks players to clap along with a rhythm in order to pop balloons with the correct timing, is infuriatingly unresponsive, even when substituting clapping for the A Button. Electronic Theatre ImageQuick Note ID is essentially a redrawing of one of the challenges in Lesson Mode and Mistaken Intervals is entraining for all of two minutes. As nice as it is to see developers Creative Core wishing to widen the value that their package offers, in truth Music would be just as strong without the mini-game accompaniment.

            Music is a pleasantly designed game, and although the aesthetic may not be as clinical and precise of that of Nintendo’s Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training games, it’s no less intuitive a tool. Fitting alongside Big Brain Academy with it’s bright colours and simple caricatures, Music is presented to engage, and just as often as Nintendo’s critically acclaimed education aid will successfully mask it’s greater achievement as a device for learning. The sound quality is of course the title’s greatest achievement, bringing the utmost clarity from the simple MIDI system implemented with perhaps the most pitch-perfect delivery on the Nintendo DS system. It’s therefore an even greater shame that the unlockable tracks are so limited in their range.

            Nobilis’ Music is a title that could easily be overlooked; presenting itself as somewhere between entertainment and education. The truth lies in the comparison to Big Brain Academy – whereas Nintendo’s education supplement can aid in an understanding of mathematics, Music can do the same for a child undergoing musical education. The entertainment value of Music may not stretch beyond those looking for a mental challenge, but in that itself perfectly proves the software’s worth.

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