Synesthetic

 
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Learning(i)

Trippy rollercoaster is more music visualizer than game.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Synesthetic is easy to use. Players load a song then tilt their device left and right to avoid dangers and score points as they roll along the track.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Synesthetic is an arcade game that takes players on a wildly colorful rollercoaster ride set to songs from their own music library. As its name suggests, this game stimulates multiple senses, with pulsing neon techno lights and spiraling motion, all to the music of your choice. Synesthetic is about riding the groove of the music, so players don't die. The worst thing that happens is that the trippy background fades to a ghostly white. Players can share high scores in Apple's Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • prediction

What Kids Can Learn

Synesthetic wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • prediction

Synesthetic wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Kim Alessi

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What's it about?

Players begin by choosing a song from their music library then race along a cylindrical track to avoid obstacles and earn points by going through racing gates. There are three different game modes that change how the scoring system works. When players perform at their best, the game synchronizes sights, sounds, and motions into a colorful and transcendental experience. Players can adjust the game's colors, light levels, and motion blur effect.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

SYNESTHETIC is more of a psychedelic music visualizer than a game. Players can't die, so advancing through Synesthetic's three levels isn't too difficult. Oddly, though, all three levels look about the same, so there's little incentive for players to stick with the game unless they want to share their scores at Apple's Game Center social gaming network. This app's more about groovin' along with some tunes than it is about winning. If you want a trippy sight and sound experience, try this app. Otherwise, there really are more interesting music games to experience.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:September 20, 2012
Category:Music Games
Size:17.20 MB
Publisher:Alexandru Eugen Dantis
Version:1.02
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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