Reviews & Awards
Interactive Classics' music games have attracted some glowing reviews in the national media. Here are some of the highlights:
… A little game I could not resist: Alice in Vivaldi's Four Seasons. As a big fan of both "Alice in Wonderland" and Vivaldi, I was intrigued by their merger.
The premise of Seasons is that Alice is trapped in a music clock and must play through various music games to win the 60 minutes necessary to repair the clock. In one puzzle, four musicians are playing two different Vivaldi songs and you must divide them into the proper duos. In another you must determine which instruments are being played in a quartet.
My favorite game involved listening to a Vivaldi piece and then selecting the matching melody from a collection of oddly arranged Vivaldi tunes. The alternate arrangements are wonderfully diverse and include one played on the sitar and another done boogie-woogie style.
It is obvious from the imagination and care put into these altered arrangements and the other puzzles that Seasons was created by people with a deep understanding and appreciation of music. The game feels less like children's edutainment than like the work of musical evangelists who consider music a powerful, life-changing force. They want the player to understand and savor music, and will even award players points needed to win the game just for listening to five minutes of a concerto.
Mind-bending music games! This is a wonderful, fun exercise! The musical quality in the puzzles is a pleasure to listen to. The program uses technology to introduce subjects outside of regular school curriculum.
Children play 12 music games with the whimsical characters of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland while being cocooned in the exciting music of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.
A brilliant title!
Software of the Year Award.
Exquisite, storybook style animation and superb sound quality hook players and enliven the experience. 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 queen’s 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).
San Jose Mercury News. Best Pick for the Holidays
The games masterfully teach children about musical instruments, musical sound and musical Composition. Children are cocooned in the dramatic music of Vivaldi, and entertained with cleverly constructed music games. Brilliantly conceived and radiantly executed!
Wow! A unique introduction to music!
“Maestro a terrible night has begun! The Queen of the Night has stolen the Sun. Your music will break the Queen’s wicked spell and once again the world will be well.” 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 slide show 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.”
This is a fun and very unique program to add to your child’s library of educational software.
Taking two of the world’s best loved classics, one literary and one musical, they have blended these diverse art forms, added a dash of their own unique drawings, and come up with a cutting-edge entertainment software title that is creative, interactive, educational, and simply enchanting! Your guide, on this truly magical musical journey, is none other than the Cheshire Cat, with his cheek-to-cheek grin and endless rhymes crafted to prepare and assist players throughout each game. Twelve games, twelve puzzles and the twelve "months" that make up Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, never seemed well… so short or sounded so good! There’s no need to purposely lose a game so as to "let the music play on," because there are multiple levels of play for every game, enough to keep children interested and entertained for a long time.
The game scenes are beautifully illustrated and the Cheshire Cat seems to never run out of poetic feline phrases and musings that are delivered to the beat of the casual wave of his tail. Players will find that five minutes is enough time to try and get the required 300 points for each game as having a reset button and multiple ways to try the music facilitates game play. With Vivaldi’s biography and an animated instruments’ encyclopedia as part of the program, this software would be right at home in any school music department. Alice in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: The Music Game is a children’s software program where critical thinking skills meet the classics, problem-solving meets poetry, music appreciation meets magic and creativity meets quality, computer-based, musical education. It's not just another "Name that Tune" or rip off of the old Simon game where you have to identify the tune in four notes or play it back note for note.
This software takes the whole music appreciation genre for kids to new heights. Bravo!
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 game format.
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 com¬posers! Every elementary school should make this software an integral part of its music program. Outstanding!
The Lion and Lamb Foundation, Top 20 Toys.
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.
This is truly a terrific music program for everyone! I was very impressed with the sound quality and the ability to combine instrumental sounds so students could identify what instrument(s) made the music. The only thing that would make this product better is if a live production of The Magic Flute was included in the package.