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Jelly Band

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Build fun musical loops but with limitations.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the different layers of music and how each layer contributes to the overall sound. They'll also experiment with creative expression as choose from the available sounds they build their own songs.

Ease of Play

It's easy to tap and drag to make music, though it isn't clear what the options in the menu do.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jelly Band is a simple game that lets kids build and record musical loops. Kids tap and drag jelly-looking creatures that each make a different sound. A record option allows kids to record and replay up to two minutes of a musical track that they build. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Tap Stage 1 or Stage 2 to start playing with JELLY BAND. Choose from differently colored gelatinous blobs to drag onto one of 12 empty spots on the stage. Each blob makes a different instrumental sound, and as kids put more blobs on the stage, the sounds build on each other. Two stages offer different musical themes. A side menu includes additional options such as an automatic placement of musical blobs. A record option lets kids record and play back up to two minutes of audio; kids can save and name five songs in each stage.

Is it any good?

This simple musical game gives kids flexibility in experimenting with layering different sounds on top of each other. Fun colorful blobs represent a range of electronica-type sound loops that go well together in any combination. The record function is a great way for kids to showcase and revisit their musical experiments. Though it's very easy to use and fun to play with, Jelly Band has room for improvement. For example, it would be nice to have an easy way to hear what sound each individual jelly blob makes. There's also not much to stop kids from frantically dumping as many blobs as they can on the stage to make as much noise as possible without really being thoughtful about what they're doing. And, with only two stages and a limited number of blobs, there's only so much kids can do with Jelly Band. More sounds, customization options, learning supports, or different kinds of instruments or musical styles would be nice additions.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different sounds in Jelly Band. Which sounds can build a beat and which ones create a melody? What kinds of instruments do the sounds resemble?

  • Build some songs, turn up the volume and have a family dance party!

  • If your kids like music, give them some home made instruments and different sounds and let them experiment with making their own band.

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