Wield the Power of Music
Music is universal in its power to move people. Now -- by moving -- people earn the power to compose or alter famous music while playing Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved. Players raise their arms, tap their invisible baton, and then conduct over 30 famous songs, while also remixing them and contributing their own unique musical riffs. Since the game gives you control over the music you hear and create, it delivers an exhilarating experience.
How to Play
To learn to play and unlock the songs, it is best to start with the Game Mode. You become the new apprentice of Yen Sid, the famous sorcerer from Disney's 1940s classic film Fantasia. To teach you magic and the art of music creation, Yen Sid sends you into the 10 realms of Fantasia, unique locations all featuring different themes and art styles. In each realm, you zoom in on stars, which each represent a song to play.
The first five songs act as tutorials. You use arm motions to match onscreen cues. Some cues involve sweeping your hands to follow arrow shapes, while others involve pushing out your hands as a colored sphere reaches a circle. Still others have you sweeping and then holding to fill a circle or tracing a path with your hand.
Songs have goals, such as accumulating numerical points by correctly executing cues and unlocking two unique remixes of that song. Once you have unlocked a remix, at various points in the song you can switch from the original version to the remix and back again. It is fascinating to be listening to the drums from a rock mix and then switch to the strings version from the classical mix. You can also encounter composition spells within the songs, which allow you to create your own musical riffs that are then added to what you hear. It's empowering.
Early on in the story, you meet Scout, a Sid apprentice dropout. In Scout's zest to create music without following Sid's rules, she has infected the 10 realms with noise. The result is that these once lustrous locations are now dull and subdued, and sound discordant.
It is up to you to restore order to the realms by composing music to push back the noise. To unlock the realm's composition spell (which lets you compose the music to silence the noise), you play songs and explore special Hot Spots in each realm to earn musical fragments. When you have collected enough musical fragments, the composition spell opens so you can record your own music.
The Hot Spots are found by using a blue Muse sphere that adheres to your hand. Interacting with the landscapes, you uncover sounds and combine them to create music, thus earning a fragment. In the underwater realms, you will awaken singing slugs and blowfish. In an urban realm, a radish, a carrot, and a beet throw down hilarious beatboxing.
Have a Conducting Party
In addition to the solo Game Mode, the game has a separate Party Mode where two players can explore songs together. That mode unlocks all 30+ songs.
The library of songs includes a wide range of musical genres from classical selections by Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and Mussorgsky to contemporary works from the likes of Drake, Bruno Mars, Fun, and others.
As with most Kinect games, the camera occasionally fails to see your hands, and thus your perfect hand motions may not register. The developers cleverly planned for this eventuality by keeping the scoring goals low, so that players can win a song without hitting every cue. The result is an exciting and wondrous game that lets you enjoy music in new and personal ways.
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is rated E10+ because of the lyrics in some of the songs. It's a musical game that will fascinate and invigorate tweens, teens and adults. If you have always harbored a secret desire to conduct music, this is the came for you. What music will you create when it is your turn to conduct?
This Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved video game review was written by Jinny Gudmundsen.
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