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Friday, April 30, 2010

We are huge video game fans at my house.  Everyone from my husband to our smallest children enjoy video games and while I don’t mind my children playing video games in moderation it’s always nice to see them choose an educational game over something not so educational.
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Recently I had the chance to review a Nintendo DS game called Easy Piano and I was more than happy to check it out.  My oldest daughter loves music and has shown a lot of interest lately in learning how to play an instrument so I knew this game would be perfect for her.  Easy Piano by Valcon Games, released April 13 is an extremely unique  game that can not only teach you to play the piano but also to read and compose your own music.  Some of the cool features of Easy Piano:
  • It includes a real keyboard that attaches to the DS.
  • You can play using the keyboard or unplug it and use a stylus.
  • You can master songs in Quick Game mode to earn new songs.
  • You can compose and even save up to 3 original songs and even replay your compositions using different instruments.
  • Learn to read  music from a very awesome instructor and so much more!

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With 2 difficulty modes, 10 lessons, and a ton of mini-games Easy Piano has all of the musical bases covered.  Not only is this game fun and entertaining it is also educational.  I don’t know about you, but if I had the choice between buying my children a video game that can teach them to play an instrument and a game that has them shooting at everything under the sun, I would choose the educational game 10 times out of 10.  We (yes I said we…it was fun) really enjoyed Easy Piano and I think you (oh and your kids too) would as well.
Buy it:  Easy Piano retails for $39.99 (price includes game and keyboard) and is available at Wal-Mart, Amazon, and other online and offline retailers.
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