A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Magic Piano HD is less of a teaching tool and more of a way for kids to supplement what they might already know about the piano. It offers a chance to look at the keyboard in an unconventional manner. Besides three keyboard modes there's also a songbook of more than three dozen classical and popular tunes played by tapping the screen in time to falling green dots. Players can connect with random people to play duets and they can choose to display their general location, but there's no chatting.
Is it any good?
MAGIC PIANO HD is an unconventional piano app that inspires players to think about the keyboard in new ways thanks to whimsical modes like a spiral-shaped keyboard, an invisible piano activated by tapping the screen at random, and a horizontal keyboard where the keys undulate bigger and smaller like waves. Players can connect with strangers around the world to broadcast, listen, and even play duets together. The results are often cacophonous, but there's some interesting stuff too. Some virtual keyboard apps strive to teach kids the piano, but Magic Piano is more about unleashing creativity.