Magic Piano

App review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
Magic Piano App Poster Image
Popular songs but no traditional piano in tap music game.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn fine motor skills and improve their sense of rhythm and musicality as they tap the screen at the correct time to recreate the melodies and chords of popular songs. Kids will work to improve their performances to earn stars with which they can unlock new songs. The secondary mode, Solo/Freestyle, allows kids to get creative and improvise their own music. Magic Piano is a fun app to play around with, but it won't teach kids how to play the piano.

Ease of Play

There are four levels of difficulty, which add to the number of notes players must tap at the same time (to a maximum of four). Players might have a hard time figuring out the correct rhythms to tap in unless they're already familiar with the song.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Players are prompted to share songs and results with friends on Facebook, Twitter, and email. The app itself, and a handful of songs, are free, but more must be purchased with in-game currency that can be slowly earned by playing the game a lot, or by paying real-world cash.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Magic Piano is a music-playing app with two very different modes. The app is free to play, and players start with a handful of free songs. Additional songs must be purchased for between 25 and 75 "Smoola" (Magic Piano's in-game currency), with bundles of Smoola selling for from $2.99 for 200 up to $99.99 for 7,920 Smoola. Smoola can also be earned gradually in the game by completing objectives. Players can listen in on other players' performances from around the world, but there's no chatting.

Wondering if Magic Piano is OK for your kids?

Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now

Continue reading Show less

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byrayor February 27, 2016

Inappropriate content

I picked up my 8 year old daughter's iPod this morning and was greeted with today's new song,

"I Took a Pill in Ibiza (SeeB Remix)" by MIKE... Continue reading
Adult Written byaliceenrouge August 2, 2015

Not really free if you want to enjoy it for it's intended purpose

For the first little while it was pretty fun, chill, a nice way to relax and enjoy a zen little music game. I guess after my newbie timer wore off in the first... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byShaunW122 October 3, 2018

Don't bother

Don't bother wasting your time on This stupid game because its got to many ads and unless you want to pay money to get VIP and have No ads DON'T Bothe... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 22, 2018

Extremely scary ads

I was playing this game before bed when all the sudden an ad came on with an app that told horror stories. There was scary music along with texts about a crazy... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players tap balls of light at the correct time, either single notes or chords, to play back familiar pop, classical, and traditional melodies that sound like they're coming from a virtual piano. Magic Piano's secondary mode, Solo/Freestyle, lets kids tap on a more traditional-looking piano keyboard with black and white keys.

Is it any good?

Magic Piano's main mode actually has nothing to do with piano playing in the traditional sense. Instead, players tap balls of light to recreate melodies and chords. Players must guesstimate the correct rhythm, which can make it challenging to perform songs correctly unless already familiar with how they go. The piano-only melodies can sound hollow, and would have been livelier and more fun to play if there were background tracks to play along to (something that would have also helped players pick out the correct rhythms). It's only in the game's Solo/Freestyle mode where players get a glimpse of something resembling a piano keyboard. On the upside, the game is constantly giving the player new goals to complete (such as Earn 300 points, get a 10-note streak, or Play 3 songs by Bach), which earn levels, achievements, and badges, so it always feels like there's something new to do.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Show kids what a real piano score looks like, and teach them to read notes and rhythms. If you're not musically inclined, classes, books, apps, websites, and YouTube videos can give you a hand.

  • Have kids watch a performance featuring the piano and let them watch the performer's hands.

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love music and creativity

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate