Trope

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Create music and art with the swipe of a finger.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Simply drag a finger to create colorful patterns. The game is completely free-form so there's no right or wrong way to do it.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Trope was designed by ambient musicians Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers and is the follow-up to their first app, Bloom. Both apps are quite similar, letting players generate ambient music and art by touching the screen with a variety of color palettes. Where Bloom was about tapping the screen to create overlapping circles of color, Trope is about dragging your finger to make patterns from lines. There's also a sleep timer and a "listen" mode where the app creates sound and images automatically.

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If you liked Bloom, you'll probably like Trope as well. The colors, tones, and overall "vibe" of both apps is basically the same; the difference with Trope is that you're drawing lines on the screen instead of tapping to make circles. With Trope, however, there seems to be less of a connection between what your fingers are doing and what you're actually hearing. In other words, this one is all about the visuals.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$3.99
Release date:December 10, 2009
Category:Music
Publisher:Opal Limited
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 2.2 or later

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