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Mad Maestro is one of the most innovative, entertaining and downright barmy games we've seen in a long time. It obviously helps if you have an appreciation of classical music, but with a soundtrack that includes the likes of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven's 9th, the William Tell Overture and the Toreador Song from Carmen amongst its 34 MIDIfied melodies, you really need to be a total musical yob not to find something here that you like. Go out and buy it now!
The challenge is steep. With three degrees of pressure to exert on the buttons and occasional simultaneous directional pad commands, be prepared to be booed by the audience and to make repeat performances. All music pieces are beautifully and cleanly replicated, although the chunky characters leave something to be desired. Classical music fans will probably have a better time, but Maestro is nevertheless a worthy challenge for any music fan. Plus, imagine how pleased your roommates will be with the sweet sounds of Strauss rather than your usual racket.
I've found Mad Maestro! to be a very solid title. It contains a few minor flaws, but they can easily be overlooked. I suggest this game to anyone looking for a challenge, who enjoys music, or who loves quirky stores. Now go out and save the concert hall! And get some culture! (just playin').
Comme je vous le disais en début d'article, je ne suis pas un fan des jeux musicaux, mais si je ne devais en choisir qu'un, ce serait Mad Maestro sans hésitation. Si vous êtes mélomanes et amateurs du genre, voici un titre à ne surtout pas manquer!
Voici un petit jeu comme savent les faire nos amis japonais. C'est-à-dire idiot en apparence, mais trop amusant à jouer.
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The main problem I see is that Maestro could go over a lot of gamers' heads. I say get Gitaroo Man hands down, but check this out too for some worthwhile musical sophistication.
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I liked Mad Maestro upon first glance but got quickly tired of it the more I played. There are a fair amount of songs and mini-games to unlock but I wonder if it is really worth it. I applaud the developer's for creating a fun game but it is squarely aimed at a niche market and I really don't feel that it lives up to its full potential.
Correctement réalisé et profitant de grands thèmes classiques pour bande son, Mad Maestro est un soft tout mignon qui apporte pas mal d'originalité au genre. Attention toutefois, le jeu est assez difficile à maîtriser et demande un bon entraînement.
Der verrückte Dirigent kann zwar unter dem Strich nicht zu Genre-Größen wie Space-Maus Ulala aufschließen, doch allein auf Grund der ungewöhnlichen klassischen Musik-Auswahl sollten Fans von Rhythmus-Spielen mal einen Blick auf Mad Maestro werfen. Spielerisch einige neue Impulse ins Genre hauchend, schmerzt nur die im Endeffekt ziemlich laue Grafik und die extrem kurze Spieldauer. Auf jeden Fall reizt Mad Maestro dazu, sich etwas inniger klassischer Musik zu widmen.
At the very least, Sony deserves praise for creating one of the most unique music games in the world. The pressure-sensitive actions are brilliant. And the music is great. But when it comes down to it, your eyes and ears have more fun than your thumbs. Diehard music fans should give it a rental or wait for it to go on sale. Everyone else should pass.
Both of the debut Fresh Games titles are aimed squarely at a very small niche, but of the two, Mad Maestro probably misses by a greater distance. 50 dollars can buy you an amazing amount of classical music if you shop around, so do you really need a rhythm game to go with it? For that price, considering what it offers in terms of window-dressing around the game, Mad Maestro doesn't feel like that great a deal.
Mad Maestro has weekend rental written all over it. It's worth checking out if you like rhythm games, classical music, or saccharin-sweet graphics. For most players, there's simply not enough gameplay to justify its full retail price. Hopefully Eidos will serve up better titles with its future Fresh Games releases. Just because a game is quirky and different doesn't mean that it's great.
Mad Maestro! is the first attempt by Eidos to release a rhythm game in the US, and while it's a bold choice, the company certainly could've picked a better game to pick up. Though classical music aficionados may get a kick out of getting to conduct some of their favorite pieces, the gameplay will likely be too simplistic or boring for rhythm junkies and average gamers.
From a gamer's perspective, Mad Maestro is missing a lot. Pressing one button over and over at different pressure levels doesn't ring my bell, and I doubt it will ring most of yours. Though I guess it can offer kids a good start to keeping a steady beat, it doesn't offer enough for more mature gamers. I'll stick with the world's greatest jug band, thanks.