Synesthetic

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Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
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Trippy rollercoaster is more music visualizer than game.

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Educational Value

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

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.

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What 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.

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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?

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.

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For kids who love music

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