Mussila Planets, an Icelandic computer game that aims to teach music skills to children, went on the market yesterday, reports Vísir. The ‘tilt and tap’ game is the fourth by game designer Rosamosi, which was founded in 2015 by musician Margrét Júlíana Sigurðardóttir and computer engineer Hilmar Þór Birgisson.
Margrét Júlíana, who started playing music when she was five years old, has written that she was inspired to develop the Mussila games because she “truly believe[s] that there is a different way of teaching music theory and sight-reading than what has been on offer so far.” Learning to both play by ear and read music “through repetition and practice” helped her to gain the musical skills as an adult that she’d mistakenly believed a person had to be born with. “A whole world of music opened up for me,” she writes.
Since launching its first game, Rosamosi has garnered a lot of interest and acclaim for its musical apps. The company was named ‘Startup of the Year’ by the Nordic Startup Awards and its first game, Musical Monster Adventure, was given five stars in a BBC Music Magazine review, and was also nominated for the Nordic Games Awards.
Mussila Planets builds on this momentum. According to the game’s description, it teaches children such skills as “catching the melody” and “avoiding the bad notes,” all while taking them “on a journey between exotic planets all the way from space down to the deep mysterious sea.” The game can be downloaded for free on the Google Play and iTunes App Stores. You can watch a preview of it here.