Mussila - Musical monster adventure | Notes | Piano | Rhythm |...
Musical monster adventure is an application suitable for children 6 to 11 years of age in which they learn the basics of music. This beautifully presented app explores the adventures of the Mussila band on a musical journey. Help them find instruments, costumes and create your own music. The app is based on a music curriculum and the player progresses through skill building levels such as recognising instruments, instrumental sounds, rhythm and melodies. This extensive game has over 60 levels of engaging game play and creativity.
Upon opening the application, the user is presented with the Mussila splash screen and animation that shows the Mussila band losing their instruments and clothes. It is noted that the animation here is truly stunning and the developers can be commended on their efforts. Once the app has loaded the user is shown a map or trail the Mussila balloon must navigate to recover their instruments and belonging whilst learning and having fun along the way. We really love the attention to detail and especially the characters; Charlotte the Cello player, Ellie the Electric Pianist, The super smooth Contrabass player, The Oh’so tired Celeste player, The Mountain Monster, DJ Batboy, Benedict the banjo eel, Bubbah the bass player, Mona the marimba player, and Curlybrother3. All these characters are uniquely quirky and will appeal to children of all ages.
Starting the trail at position 1 the user can scroll up the trail to see that there are an amazing 65 levels of gameplay. This may have seen slightly overwhelming for some younger users as levels cannot be skipped or jumped. The developers may consider the option to try harder levels throughout the trail without competing previous ones.
Level 1 – This asks the user to listen carefully to a musical instrument and then identify it from the pictures shown, choosing 1 from 2. Six correct answers will reveal the character playing the instrument each time. If the user gets a wrong answer they can guess again building confidence. At the end of the level the user can reply or return to the adventure trail. We did find that the app was a little slow in places and the Mussila splash screen between each level was somewhat off putting. Each level has a little prompt paw if you do not know where to press.
Level 2 – This is a repeat of the previous level but slightly harder building on previous skills learnt. The user has to achieve 6 correct answers choosing one from three musical instruments. Completing all the stars against a timer, an incorrect answer will reduce the time. Correct answers are rewarded with items for the band. This is shown in the Ferris wheel section. Here the user can have great fun dressing the band members and trying different instruments. We love the fact that you can record and play your own music. You can also see other items and instruments that are presently locked. This gives the user great encouragement to move through the trail and collect more. There are also options for replay, volume control and change of instrument.
Level 3 – This game asks the user to copy a piece of music on a keyboard. There are 8 pieces to complete by matching the keys on the keyboard as they light up.
Level 4 – This level is the same as level 1 although this time the user needs to pick 1 instrument from 3. Answer 6 correct instruments to move on. New instruments are introduced here.
Level 5 - This level is the same as level 1 and 4 although this time the user needs to pick 1 instrument from 4. The user has to achieve 6 correct answers by completing all the stars against a timer, an incorrect answer will reduce the time. Correct answers are rewarded with items for the band.
Level 6 – This level asks the user to choose the rhythm heard and shown by the drum. We found this level quite challenging and unless you understand musical notation a little it can be a trial and error basis. The user must again find 6 correct answers, there is an option to try again.
Level 7 – This is a repeat of the previous level but slightly harder building on previous skills learnt. The user has to achieve 6 correct answers by completing all the stars against a timer, an incorrect answer will reduce the time. Correct answers are rewarded with items for the band.
As the game progresses through the levels each level is an adaptation of the previous levels learnt with more choices and more challenging rhythms. The graphical quality and audio of the app is excellent and it will appeal to both boys and girls. It is a shame that the developers have not included a saved profile within the app. Within a classroom environment the app would be restricted to one player per device. We also felt that too much emphasis has been placed on creating too many levels until the end of the trail. The developers may have considered fewer levels with more gameplay variety.
Mussila - Musical monster adventure is a good application and with a few minor tweaks could be an excellent app.
From the Developer
Mussila is a music game for children, in which they learn the basics in music - no experience required!
Join the Mussila band on their musical journey to help them find their lost instruments and costumes. Based on a musical curriculum Mussila is a fun and creative game that gives kids the basic skills and instruments to play and create their own music.
Travel with the Mussila band and participate in jam sessions with musical monsters, taking place on mountainsides surrounded by mystical creatures. The player progresses through skill building levels, by recognising different instruments and defining rhythms and melodies.
Mussila is based on a thoroughly planned curriculum, made to encourage the child’s self esteem through accomplished and fun play. It is a zero violence and gender neutral adventure in which your child learns musical understanding they can build on for life.
Participate in interactive jam sessions
Customise the Mussila band
Record your own music
Play piano notes
Define rhythms and melodies by ear
Earn new instruments and outfits
No in app purchases
Engaging skill building levels
The developer Rosamosi was founded by Margrét Juliana Sigurdardottir, a DipRAM postgraduate from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and computer engineer Hilmar Thor Birgisson. With grants from The Icelandic Technology Fund and Nordic Game Institute, they took off with a talented team of friends and colleagues in early 2015. Based in Iceland, many traits of their Nordic home-country can be found in the scenes of Mussila; volcanoes, lava and glacial rivers that all play a part in the drama and fun. Rosamosi believes in music making being part of our everyday lives and that music education should be available for everyone.
Rosamosi is a part of Kids App Collective, a unique group of award winning app developers from across the globe.