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Review of Rhythm Solitaire

Michiko Yurko has expanded Music Mind Games to new technological heights!  Rhythm Solitaire is exactly what you would expect: solitaire with musical rhythm cards instead of a standard deck.  In order to create stacks the notes and rests must be put in order from fastest to slowest.

The app itself looks very sleek.  Everything is responsive and the menu buttons intuitive.  I was impressed by the design and catchy little main menu tune.  It's obvious that quite a bit of work went into making the game look fun and engaging.  This is not your Windows '98 solitaire game, folks.

The play is quite challenging.  I had to start over the first few times I played after having worked myself into a stalemate.  While there are how-to instructions built in, young music students might need some initial help before they catch on.  The dotted rhythms were a little confusing.  The notes have dotted rhythm options while the rests do not.  I didn't realize this right away and was planning for a dotted quarter rest that never showed up! 

Despite the initial confusion, the play is very forgiving which I liked.  It's designed to reward rather than punish.  There's an easy-to-use "redo" button and no penalties are given for mistakes or amount of time spent figuring things out.  All in all a very positive experience that encourages learning and self-improvement.

I would highly recommend this app for music students of any age.  It's available in the iTunes store for iPhones or iPads.  iTunes store link here.


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