There is little doubt that music is good for developing minds. But if your kid doesn’t enjoy learning about music, then they might not feel the benefits. Mussila is a creative game that makes it easy for kids to learn the basic skills and instruments for creating their own music.
Help the Monsters Retrieve Their Instruments
In Mussila, kids go on a musical journey to help a band of monsters retrieve their lost instruments and costumes. Along the way, they develop important music skills such as recognizing different instruments and defining rhythms and melodies. The app has more than 60 levels of gameplay with varying mechanics and increasing difficulty, plus additional free-play activities such as dressing up monsters and recording your own music.
For example, one of the activities kids can find in the app is recognizing instrument sounds. An audio file is played, and kids must point out which instrument makes the sound. As the levels go higher, the array of selection also grows and may even include instruments from the same family. Some levels also challenge kids to get as many as six correct answers before the time runs out.
Another interesting activity is playing tunes on a virtual keyboard. After listening to a short piece, kids attempt to play it by tapping the keys on the keyboard as they light up. To make the activity more engaging, the app uses tunes that many kids will be familiar with, such as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
As kids complete certain activities, they collect instruments and accessories for their monsters. These items can be viewed by tapping on the mask icon on the top right from the level selection screen. Kids can browse through the items they have collected, and dress up each band member as they like.
Also available throughout the app is the opportunity for kids to create their own music. On the level selection screen, they can tap on any of the ferris wheels to access the “Play Time” section. They can assign instruments to each band member and accompany them on the keyboard or other instruments. They can also record their jam session, although there doesn’t appear to be a way to save the recorded session to Camera Roll.
Parents Need to Know
Mussila is a gender-neutral app that will appeal to boys and girls alike. It’s designed for kids between 6-11 years old, but I believe younger kids can also benefit from the music lessons offered by the app. Because no music experience is required, they should be able to play with no problem.
The app has no in-app purchases or third-party adverts. It doesn’t require Internet access, and is localized in numerous languages including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Things I Like
No child is too young to learn about music, and Mussila makes the process engaging every step of the way. The graphical and audio quality is great, which is essential for an app like this. The gameplay also has a nice pace so kids don’t feel overwhelmed even though there are 60 levels to plough through.
Another appealing aspect of the app is that it allows kids to try and play music on their own. This not only helps train their ears, but also boosts their confidence in music. Who knows, it might inspire them to take up a musical instrument in real life.
For my wish list, I would love to be able to create separate user profiles for each child who plays the app. It would also be nice if there were an option for grown-ups to unlock all the levels so that kids who have more experience can skip ahead to find a more suitable challenge.
Whether your child is a budding musician or a fan of music in general, they will love Mussila. It has some really fun challenges and activities to help kids develop their knowledge of music and create their own tunes. Good production value, coupled with an easy-to-use interface, makes the app a joy to play.
App was provided for our honest review.