In a distant jungle resides an undiscovered species of vibrantly colored music-making birds. These lovable orchestrators play their tunes by running along wires, collecting fruits, mashing spiders, and singing. As a music maestro, you must help your pink bird perform its tune by completing these tasks. There are some issues, but we had lots of fun with Maestro Green Groove.
What makes Maestro Green Groove stand out is how every aspect of the platforming contributes to the music. Jumping, collecting objects, and tapping away enemies must be done in sync with the soundtrack. Every move you make adds another note to the music.
A zany high-wire act.
You control your bird by swiping up and down to jump or fall to a lower wire. When a thicker line appears, you must swipe to the right at just the right time. Sometimes spiders will jump in from the background, and must be tapped when the two circles shrinking around them match up.
On harder difficulties, you can plug in a pair of headphones with a microphone to sing the notes for extra points when smaller birds fly by with a voice meter. Hitting the right tones and clicking in time with the spiders takes some getting used to and isn’t something to do in public, but it adds a unique element to the game.
While Maestro Green Groove includes 12 levels (three for each of the four difficulty levels), there are only three songs. Each new difficulty level adds a bit of extra length to the track and incorporates any new elements learned, but otherwise the game can feel a bit like you’re listening to the same songs on repeat.
Follow the band leader.
Another issue with the level-based structure is the unforgiving nature of the game. In order to pass a track, you must get a rank of B+ or higher. If you make one mistake, such as accidentally falling, it can throw off the entire song and put you just under the threshold to advance. This gets pretty frustrating, especially when you falter near the end of a round and end up with a B.
Luckily, there is a free play mode that takes away the stress. The main draw here is that you can replay any level with your choice of sounds, including a sitar, drum, and xylophone.
The graphics in Maestro Green Groove look like they were pulled straight from the DS game. Everything is very low-res, except for the splash screen art. Don’t let that put you off, though, as the visuals don’t completely take away from the lovable personality of the game. It just makes the text especially hard to read.
There have already been a lot of unique music-based games for the iPhone, but Maestro Green Groove does a particularly good job of integrating it into the gameplay. You won’t get hours of entertainment from this game, but for the low price, it’s a fun way to enjoy classical compositions.