What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Flea Symphony is a challenging music puzzle game based on rhythm, physics, and strategy. The game is multilevel and quickly increases in difficulty, and has high replay value. The theme is an old-time flea circus where players bounce fleas off musical instruments that are mounted on intricate mechanics -- all in rhythm to a picture-based music timeline. The game's not forgiving, and often, quick two-finger motions are needed for successful gameplay. Still, the synchronized images, sounds, and strategy can rope you for a high-wire rhythmic challenge. Parents should know that the app has options to share via social media and fees to unlock higher levels.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Imaginative and strategic music puzzle game quickly increases in difficulty. Kids can easily get roped into aligning musical instruments to match the graphic music notation and rhythmic patterns. Sights and sounds are outstanding.
Kids align graphic music notation, rhythm, and mechanics to advance through complex musical puzzles. Kids are empowered as they exercise listening, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination while exploring this unique puzzle game.
No centralized help page; picture-based instructions appear with new game features. A musical timeline (similar to a musical staff) shows players when they match the rhythm. In-app instructions come in eight different languages.
What's it about?
The game begins when a flea is blown out of a horn. Using trial and error, kids move musical instruments to bounce the flea into a red bell -- all in time and corresponding to pictures notated on a musical staff. Off-rhythm bounces show up as a blue line where the beat's too early or late. When instruments are properly aligned, the flea bounces in rhythm, which highlights the notation and advances players to the next level. Each world brings more intricate instruments and mechanics, making the game increasingly challenging.
Is it any good?
FLEA SYMPHONY is all about rhythm, physics, and timing. The game is very imaginative and its sights and sounds are great (for even more stunning visuals, Retina iPad can download the Retina asset pack, which is available as a separate 90 MB download). While the game's objective is simple, Flea Symphony is a tricky time-based, trial and error puzzler. The pacing of levels is sometimes odd, with easy puzzles followed by really challenging ones. In either case, the picture notation musical staff is indispensable because it gives kids a visual rhythmic phrase to match -- if your beat's a little early, lower the instrument; if your beat's a bit late, raise it up some. It's really rewarding when everything lines up -- the game lights up and players are washed with a short but very pleasing rhythmic symphony.
Families can talk about...
Music is made up of individual notes which, when played together, makes a song. Talk about how music can be written down using notes or other forms of representation.
Explore the branch of physics known as mechanics by bouncing a ball off different surfaces. Ask kids to predict how a ball will bounce on flat, angled, and curved surfaces.