It’s been a busy month for the development team at Sago Sago. After releasing Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer last week, today they’re launching Sago Mini Music Box. As you might expect, the new app is a digital music box for young kids.
Like other Sago Mini apps, Sago Mini Music Box allows kids to play freely. Exploration is the name of the game, and kids are encouraged to experiment with both art and music.
DJ Play that Song
Sago Mini Music Box offers two songs: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Each song comes with a lengthy animated adventure featuring a Sago Mini character.
In Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, kids follow Jinja the cat on a hot air balloon to the moon. In Row, Row, Row Your Boat, they come along with Harvey the dog sailing to the North Pole.
Aimed at toddlers, Music Box is simple to use. Using just taps kids can play the song and fill the scene with silly little animations. For example, tapping on the sky will make clouds appear, and tapping on the sea will make colorful fishes jump out of the water. The app supports multitouch, and pressing several fingers together on screen will create a lovely harmony.
Touches also control the tempo of the song. The faster kids tap on the screen, the faster the song goes and the scene plays out. Unlike jukebox apps, Music Box does not offer an autoplay feature, so it is best to accompany your kids the first few times playing with the app to show them the ropes.
Like other Sago Mini apps, Music Box has no in-app purchases or third-party advertisings.
Sago Mini Music Box is a fascinating app that encourages wonder and exploration. While the app is quite intuitive, we thought we would share several playing tips to help you get more out of the app. Below is a list that Eric and I compiled together after playing the app separately:
- Music Box supports multiple touches up to 10 fingers at once. Before playing, I suggest turning off multitasking gestures first so kids won’t accidentally exit the app while playing. Go to Settings > General to turn this feature off.
- Music Box offers a great world to explore. Every object in a scene is a musical instrument, including the characters themselves. Makes sure to tap everywhere to discover them all. Sometimes, tapping on a terrain (such as the green fields, the mountains, the moon surface, and the icebergs) will cause new objects to appear.
- It is not only premade objects that are tappable. Newly created objects can also play additional animations. For example, you can tap on the sky to create clouds, and then tap on the clouds once more to make it rain. Likewise you can tap on paper planes to see them squished.
- In addition to tapping, you can also hold and drag your finger on the screen to hear the same note over and over. You can also use the technique to strum the tune, or slow down the automated scrolling.
- It should be noted that the songs/scenes are not endless. Each song tries to tell a unique story; for example, the first song shows Jinja flying to the moon and eating cheese with the moon moles. In the background, you may catch a glimpse of a goat getting abducted by UFOs.
Things I Like
Another fantastic offering from Sago Sago! Music Box is a delightful little app that indeed makes little explorers go wide-eyed. I love the little interactions in the app -- there is just so many things to discover.
Another thing that impressed me about Music Box is that it is very responsive. I tested the app on my iPad 3rd gen, and has experienced no lags or whatsoever while playing. You can really tap with all 10 fingers, and have 10 animations popping up simultaneously. The songs also play beautifully.
My only complaint about the app is that I wish there were more songs available -- crossing my fingers that the developers would consider it in future updates.
Sago Mini Music Box is a lovely app that gets kids experimenting with music through highly interactive scenes. Every tap brings a new object to discover. The app has multitouch support, which makes it possible for parents to play together with their kids. Overall, it is a recommended app for juniors ages 2+.
App was provided for our honest review.