|As its predecessor, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker the Music
Game, the animation in this charming program of Mozart's Magic Flute
is simple and quietly enchanting. Concentrating on one work from
one composer, Music Games International again delivers a splendid
Matching two sounds and recognizing which instruments are creating
those sounds may appear basic in concept, but the musical jigsaw
puzzle style is anything but. The exceptional sound quality is a
bonus that puts game players in the orchestra seats.
Parents Choice Awards
You gotta love a CD-ROM that casts children in the role of a famous
composer, slips opera into ingenious audio puzzles, and delights
eyes and ears. As young Wolfie Mozart, kids set out to free a prince
and princess from the evil queens castle through musical prowess
finding instruments, decoding mixed-up music, and picking
up tidbits of opera trivia along the way.
Gorgeous, watercolor-washed scenes and stellar sound quality make
parental participation a joy (something not found often enough).
Software of the Year Award
Featuring the Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary Music, this is the
second program in a well-designed music series (see Tchaikovsky's
Nutcracker the Music Game). Eight different music puzzles are set
in the context of a plot adapted from Mozart's first musical, The
The bottom line this is the best children's music game of
All Star Award
Childrens Software Review
The Music Game series takes a novel approach to music software.
Games, puzzles, and riddles focus on learning to identify the sounds
of different instruments, recognize musical themes and melodies
that have been transformed, and familiarize kids with the classics.
Of MGI's three titles, Mozart's Magic Flute is the Museum's favorite
for its engaging storyline and ease of use.
Top Choice software
Boston Museum of Science
I was absolutely delighted by this software and cannot think of
a better way to teach music
appreciation to young learners! The animated graphics are colorful
and lively and are sure to please children of all ages. The major
strength of this program is the rich content presented in an interactive
Every music teacher should have a copy of all of the offerings in
this series. At the present time, three programs are available:
Mozart's Magic Flute, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, and Alice
in Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
Overall, the software is creative, artistic, and captivating. What
a wonderful way to present the works of famous composers! Every
elementary school should make this software an integral part of
its music program. Outstanding!
Multimedia & Internet @ Schools
||Brimming with originality and teeming with skill-building
clever and educational. Players tackle this game
with their ears as well as their eyes.
Throughout the games, different instruments are introduced and classical
music plays. At certain points, players can play classical pieces
while watching visually appealing animations. The program moves
slowly to encourage relaxation and listening.
NAPPA National Parenting Publications Awards
Players are challenged to solve musical puzzles to reach the castle
of the evil Queen of the Night and bring daylight back to the world
in this engaging and imaginative program.
Mozart's Magic Flute The Music Game is a great supplement for a
musically inclined child or the serious music student. Adults and
children with little or no musical background will be surprised
at the challenge of stopping to truly listen to a piece of classical
music, dissect it, and put it back together again. The program's
publisher dubs the games musical jigsaw puzzles, and
they truly are puzzles to piece together using your ears rather
than your eyes.
The Magic Flute teaches not only musical skills, but also history.
When the player collects a feather on the quest path, a narrated
slideshow with an anecdote about Mozart's life appears. The program
also simplifies the plot of this complex and confusing opera so
that even the youngest players will develop a greater understanding
of the story and genre.
The quest or challenge premise of The Magic Flute is appealing to
older children. Kids liked winning the individual games and collecting
rewards to place in their magic bags.
In the children's software biz, there isn't much room left to boldly
go where no one has gone before.
But a little company has staked out perhaps the only remaining frontier
-- opera. Music Games International's new title, Mozart's Magic
Flute: The Music Game, takes this form of classical music and makes
it more appealing, accessible and almost aria-free. It does so by
emphasizing the story and the music of The Magic Flute, not the
singing. Kids are cast in the role of little "Wolfie"
Mozart on a dream quest to break the Queen of the Night's terrible
spell and rescue Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina The Magic Flute
game is wonderful!
Throughout their travels, kids are treated to beautiful sights to
go with the rich, orchestral sounds. Scenery as well as game settings
are rendered in lush, watercolor-washed animation, a perfect accompaniment
to the otherworldly escapade.
All in all, the Magic Flute game is wonderful and a worthy addition
to the family software library.
This game has a calming quality, unlike the frenetic energy of many
video and computer games. The graphics are as lush and beautiful
as the music, performed by the Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary Music.
A unique computer game for music lovers of all ages.
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