Tree grows due to music from piano


Finally, there is an application better than “Magic Piano” by Smule. I stumbled upon the superior game when it was the app of the week, and, since that meant it was free, I downloaded it. However, the actual price is $1.99 in the app store for Apple products. It was such an incredible deal. Readers can buy it for iPhone here and for Android here.

It is called “Deemo” by Rayark Incorporated Games. As many know, in “Magic Piano” the player attempts to place up to four fingers onto the device at a time to play the songs, which I find quite awkward. In “Deemo,” however, the player only needs two fingers, which is a much more comfortable way to play music on phones.magic piano

Also, the gameplay in “Deemo” is rhythm-based, whereas when I play “Magic Piano” most of the time, I feel as if I’m creating my own rhythms and searching for it throughout the entire song.

The playing line of when to hit the notes is also much easier to see in “Deemo.”

Another thing I love about “Deemo” is it has a small circle at the top, which travels across a line to show the player how much of the song he or she has gone through and how much is left.

In this app, one simply doesn’t play without goals; there’s a plot shown through hand-drawn pictures. The player follows the story of humanesque Deemo, who plays the piano most of the time, until one day a little girl falls through a window in the ceiling. She doesn’t remember her name or how she got there. They start growing a tree to send her back home. Whenever Deemo plays piano, the tree grows in meters; gameplay keeps track of the height after the player performs each song.

This app has a wonderful array of 25 songs in Collection #1 (five of them being hidden songs) varying from slow and dreamy to dubstep to strange and practically indescribable. All of the songs are original and have a new journey with each one, starting with its own hand-drawn picture. Some of the songs also have singing, occasionally in Chinese or Japanese, but mostly English. My favorites include “Utopiosphere” by Mili, “Saika” by Rabpit, “Walking by the Sea” by Edmud Fu and “Entrance” by Ice. Another song, “Sarai” by Shinichi Kobayashi, sounds as if it belongs in a Hayao Miyazaki film.

I will say the only thing close to a cuss word is talking about heck as a place; however, in one of the collections bought in the app, there is another form of the a-word.

Despite these more minor things, the game is amazing, and I love it. I easily recommend it to lovers of music and lovers of great apps. “Deemo” was beautifully made, and one really needs to try it for himself/herself.