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Best Music Games Apps

Music is a natural part of life, and many start music education at an early age. If your are beginning your adventure into the realm of music, then you might enjoy this list of music games.

Music games have been around for a long time. We saw a huge spike in popularity with games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero as well. There are actually quite a few decent music game apps out there and many of them make good use of the touchscreen and accelerometer.

With music games, you have so much fun when you’re singing, playing an instrument, or listening to music on the radio that’ll keep you motivated and interested. Here is the list of the best music game apps that will encourage you to sing, compose or dance.

Lost in Harmony

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Lost in Harmony is one of the best music games available on the App Store for iPhone or iPad. This spectacular blend of rhythm game and endless runner tells a mesmerizing, bittersweet story. Surreal graphics take you from tropical beaches and the European countryside to war zones. Check out other players’ custom levels, or create your own from your favorite SoundCloud tracks.

An epic, emotionally charged soundtrack featuring remixed classical music complements this poignant story of a friendship between two teens. The ability to lose “lives” is at odds with the sentimental narrative; try to focus on the orchestral marvel of a soundtrack instead. 

Cost: Free

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android


Lanota

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

A circular, rotating game board is a nice twist on scrolling-note rhythm games; instead of falling from the ceiling, notes emanate from the center in all directions. If things get hard, you can tweak the difficulty or even song speed. Be thankful for the story review option, however — the plot is hard to make sense of.

Lanota’s unique take on the rhythm game formula is like dancing for your fingertips. A diverse soundtrack spans sugary pop music, hard rock riffs, and everything in between. The fantasy story and anime-style art create a JRPG feel in this music game app.

Cost: Free

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android



SongPop 2 - Guess The Song

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

If you think you know everything about music, then this is the game you should try your hands on. SongPop 2 has more than 100K real music clips, and your job is to identify the artist and title as fast as you can. Also, you can challenge your friends or other music lovers worldwide. Lastly, the game also offers daily multiplayer tournament, so make sure you are ready for the challenge.

SongPop is a pretty standard music-trivia game for music lovers that can help teens show off their knowledge of lyrics, recording artists, and more while expanding their musical palates by introducing them to different musical genres.

Cost: Free

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

 


Duet Game

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Duet’s two-button gameplay is impressively simple yet remarkably challenging; luckily, levels are so short that punishment for failure feels minimal. Ads between levels break up the beautiful music and will likely make you consider shelling out for the premium version.

An ambient electronic soundtrack drives this little arcade game that’ll have you gritting your teeth. Levels are short, making this ideal to play in quick bursts. There are no distractions here — just you, movement, and music.

Cost: Free

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android


Beat Racer

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Get behind the wheel of a sweet, futuristic car in this “beat-catching” rhythm game. A striking neon aesthetic pairs well with fun electronic dance music. You’ll never feel forced to spend money to progress, allowing you to immerse yourself in the dreamlike world.

While the gameplay is nothing innovative — avoid spikes, collect “beats,” and blast the occasional enemy — the bouncy, danceable feel of this game will have you hooked. Buying slick new cars you through more difficult levels, though coin-earning does slow to a crawl after a while.

Cost: Free

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android


My Singing Monsters

( iPhone, iPad )

My Singing Monsters is one gem of a game with a completely innovative concept. You’ll need to travel back in time when monsters first erupted. Every monster has a unique voice, so make sure you keep unlocking new characters. Also, you can breed your monsters to develop a unique one with a new voice. Assemble them to make your own orchestra. There’s another bunch of features in this game, so just click the download link, as the game is entirely free.

Cost: Free

Devices: iPhone, iPad


Toca Dance

( iPhone, iPad )

Toca Dance is one of the popular music game app that gives kids a platform to create and imagine. In this case, kids choreograph a dance routine for up to three dancers and then watch the characters perform on stage.

Kids can learn about creative expression, moving bodies, and sensing the beat in a song. Freedom to move their characters empowers kids to get creative and silly, and they can feel proud ownership when they see their choreographed show performed on stage. Challenge kids to move to the music and they'll learn about listening for tempo and beat, transferring real-life movement to digital representation, and build some body awareness. Toca Dance is definitely for fun, but with some offscreen extension, kids can learn more.

Cost: Free

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android


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