SimTunes (Windows)

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SimTunes is based on "Music Insects", an interactive audio-visual exhibit which was designed and created by Toshio Iwai in 1992. Iwai's original, Music Insects is a very popular permanent exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

SimTunes is an interactive 'painting/music/simulation' game. The user paints colored squares on a virtual grid, where each color maps to a tone in a musical scale. Then the user unleashes four little 'bugz' to roam around on the painted grid. Each bugz has an instrument or vocal style associated with it, and when it walks over one of the squares of light it 'plays' its sound at that tone. The user can control the scale, the instruments, and the speed and direction of the bugz, creating an interactive musical experience.


SimTunes Windows This is the actual game and rather than paint a tune the play/compose area has been filled with stamps. The randomness of the notes doesn't seem to matter some how.
SimTunes Windows At various trigger points the game zooms in automatically to watch a particular bug perform
SimTunes Windows ... which fils a lot of space very quickly. Oddly the 'music' produced by the spray can is very similar to my carefully crafted efforts.
SimTunes Windows In its simplest form the game is played by putting coloured tiles in front of the bugs using the crayon like tool. Each bug plays that a different note and instrument for that coloured tile

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SuperKids 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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Starhawk (34) added SimTunes (Windows) on Jun 04, 2006