PlayItYourself 4 HD (Free) by AlphaWeb Plus LLP is a virtual piano game that lets you play along with classic tunes to earn points, and offers a fun way to learn more about traditional songs that were written just for the instrument.
You couldn’t call this app a learning device. You will not learn proper finger placement or how to identify notes on the keyboard. Other than watching the note highlighted as it moves along, you will not learn to read musical notation. It is more like a game of timing and response that has a music-based theme. It is Game Center integrated and offers in-app purchases to unlock other features.
The app comes with one unlocked song, a shortened version of Beethoven’s Für Elise. A piano keyboard appears on screen, along with the sheet music for the song. Each note you are supposed to play is highlighted on the keyboard. Additional notes are played by the app’s computer generated player. You can select left-hand-play, right-hand-play, or both. It does not make the song more challenging, it just gives additional notes in the melody you are asked to play.
If you are able to play through the song with 61 percent of it correct, you will earn 25 points. This is added to 25 points that you already have at the beginning of the game. You earn points by completing new songs within the percentage goals, by enlisting friends to play, submitting scores through OpenFeint or by purchasing them from within the app.
Songs cost 20 points to unlock. Each one is harder to get through without mistakes. After at least four tries, I still have not completed the second song within the percentage goal. If you earn, or purchase enough points, you can also unlock things like removing ads or exporting songs through another app called MuseScore. Those features will cost you 200 points and at the rate I’m going, my iPad will be obsolete by the time I earn that many points.
Overall, this is a surprisingly fun piano game. The sound is realistic. The notes are warm and pleasant. The concept is clever. Each level, after the first, is very challenging and requires a bit of timing, as well as proper taping of notes. Download this app for free and see if you become as engrossed in it as I did. You may even find yourself spending real-life cash to unlock additional songs.