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Isle of Tune

Submitted by on June 20, 2011 – 7:57 am3 Comments
Isle of Tune

If you have ever played SimCity, the simulation game where you build and manage an entire city on your own, then this game, Isle of Tune, will have a similar look and feel. But it will have one major difference however: The object of this game is not to build a city and increase its population. The object of this game is to make music!

Indeed, the Isle of Tune, is every bit as much about city planning as much as it is about learning how to compose musical melodies.  The way it works is that you start by laying down roads. You can create something as simple as a few small streets, or you can create a complex system of roadways that span several city blocks. It’s entirely up to your child’s imagination. And then the next step is to create cars that will traverse these roads. You can create up to 3 cars in this game.

Now, here comes the interesting (and challenging) part:

The next step is to lay down trees, houses, lamp posts, trees, and shrubs alongside the road. But these are not just there to add scenery. Each of these roadside additions is a fully configurable and customizable musical instrument that is played every time one of the three cars drives by it. Each instrument is customizable in terms of volume, pitch and tone, type of tone, how many beats to play or skip of the tone.

And once you lay everything out, it’s time to animate your city by playing the “Go” button. Your cars will automatically start driving up and down the roads. (You can even define one-way intersections or roads to keep the cars driving in a specific pattern). As they pass by each roadside object you created, that particular tone will be played.

Beginners will get a kick out of being able to create music with Isle of Tune. More advanced players will be able to compose entire melodies. The site even comes with some sample designs that were created to play some popular and familiar songs. And you can always save your creations to come back and play later. Or you can share them with others.

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