Do you love music and rhythm games? French developer Neko Entertainment brings the DS to life with its first DsiWare title, Maestro! Green Groove. If you love music and cute animation then Neko Entertainment provides all the right ingredients.
Each level contains a piece of string with musical notes attached to them. Your task is to guide Presto, your little pink fluffy bird, along the string, gathering up small pieces of fruit, and using your stylus or finger to strum the musical notes to the rhythm of the music that plays in the background. Each performance will grade you and youâ€™ll have to gain a good grade to reach the next level. Jumping is simple as you make your way from the bottom notes to the top, players can strum anywhere on the string and it doesnâ€™t have to be right under Presto. Some of the string will be on lower levels in which you have to fall onto the next set of string.Â It is very important to fall if you want presto to shoot into all the different musical items.
Timing is essential in this musical rhythm game as you guide your bird through the various levels. Once you have collected fruit and completed the level, you will then be graded. When I first started this game, it took me a little while to get the hang of it, mainly because itâ€™s about learning and listening to the rhythm of the music, so my first grade with around a C. Defeating enemies is simply done by hitting them when the two circles meet and a thicker circle appears. Again, timing is essential to get this done to perfection.Â Also Red Notes come when you play something out of time. Five is the limit before they get angry. If you get this wrong, then itâ€™s game over. If your rhythm skills are up to scratch, you may get a Star Note when you perform a streak of five golden notes on musical strings or enemies. This combo will remove all red notes or give you a Bonus Bird for extra points.
End of level bosses are defeated with a musical challenge in which you have to mimic the exact notes of the boss to defeat him. So if you donâ€™t do it right the first time round, the only damage that you will be doing is to yourself.
Once you have completed Adventure Mode, you can return to the levels and play them through again using the special Track List section. This is an opportunity to improve your grades on each of the levels. In Free Play Mode, players can simply play the levels for fun and enjoyment as the player does not have to worry about encountering a penalty or scoring the most points. Sometimes the game can feel a little repetitive and itâ€™s not always easy to hit the notes exactly, but after a while, once youâ€™ve gained more confidence in strumming, the game is fun and extremely enjoyable to play. Itâ€™s so upbeat and easy going.
The game is responsive throughout as you strum your way through each level. Simply enjoying the music, watching the terrific graphics and collecting the fruit are all part of the fun in this DsiWare game. The graphics are vibrant and colourful and the game features various classical music tracks, such as â€˜Beethovenâ€™s Fifth Symphonyâ€™, Dvorakâ€™s â€˜New World Symphonyâ€™ and Chopinâ€™s â€˜Nocturne No 2 Opus 9â€™. For only 500 DsiWare points, this game is simply a bargain. Its well worth trying out this game if youâ€™re a fan of rhythm games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and you fancy combining with platforming action.