Dr. Seuss Band ($0.99) by Oceanhouse Media is a fun app for all ages, yes, ALL ages. The app turns your iDevice into a musical instrument and allows users to play 10 of their favorite Dr. Seuss songs.
For children, Dr. Seuss Band allows them to play Dr. Seuss songs, or create their own in a single octave. They can mix and match different instrument components to their liking.
The app’s gameplay is very similar to Rock Band. Notes come down the screen in different lengths, and players must tap the corresponding button for the required length of time. The easy levels are very simple and designed for young children, medium levels are designed for slightly older ages (7-12) and hard levels are challenging even for teens and adults.
After playing each song, the app gives you a score. High enough scores will unlock more songs and levels for existing ones. Dr. Seuss Band also has Game Center support, so you can compare with the leaderboards.
The app’s graphics are superb, they truly embody the spirit of Dr. Seuss. The interface is easy to understand, and simple to use; I was very impressed. Playing the instrument is entertaining and fun for everyone.
One of my favorite things about this app is the way the songs are unlocked. By keeping songs locked the game remains interesting for users. Unlocking songs is not too difficult, but does require some skill and practice.
If users are really impatient, they can use in-app purchases to unlock the songs individually for $0.99 or all of them for $3.99. There are also in-app purchases for different instrument types and add-ons.
In future updates I would like to see a way to unlock additional instruments without paying extra. For now, users can still have lots of fun with the two instruments provided.
Overall, Dr. Seuss Band combines children’s books and tunes with a rock band style of gameplay for hours of fun. Children can play and unlock different Dr. Seuss songs and levels or just create their own songs.