A brilliant and fresh idea, Ocarina 2 by Smule, may literally“blow” you away. Its a highly enhanced version of the previously launched Ocarina app. I just love these kind of apps, where most people have no idea how it works. Its a simple trick executed perfectly. Even though I personally feel the 2.99$ price tag is a bit high, the app is still worth checking out. Basically, Ocarina 2, is a musical instrument that can be played by blowing into the iPhone mic and tapping a few buttons!
Within the app, there are tons of free and paid songs (which can be unlocked by in-app purchases) which a user can play by following visual instructions note by note (similar to guitar hero). Users can also go crazy with the freestyle mode and try and invent their own tunes. The app has numerous achievements and player statistics, things like “breath points” & “longevity”, which makes it all the more fun. Users have the option to toggle the instrument settings such as reverberation, mic sensitivity and guess what, it also has a “whistle” mode.
Blow into your phone, play the notes, feel the magic as Ocarina 2 responds to your breath, touch and movement. Turn your phone into an ancient flute-like instrument with Ocarina 2, and play the songs you love. Ocarina 2 brings all the magic from the classic Ocarina – one of Apple’s All-Time Top 20 Apps – and more!
The sequel to the original, Ocarina 2 now includes a completely new song mode. Easily play and learn your favorite songs as scores light up to guide your fingers. You control the notes, speed and tempo, allowing your expressivity to shine.
“If everyone had the Ocarina app there would be no more wars” – David Pogue
“One of the most original entertainment programs to emerge from the App Store” – Wall Street Journal
“Ocarina is one of the most magical programs I’ve ever seen” – NY Times
From classical to pop, video game themes to traditional songs, there is something for everyone! New and free songs released weekly. Choose from songs including:
- Theme from Zelda
- Mario Brothers Theme
- Apologize – One Republic
- Baby – Justin Bieber
- Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
- Clocks – Coldplay
- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
- Ave Maria – Bach
- Clair de Lune – Debussy
- And much, much more!
Want a song that’s not available? Suggest songs on Smule’s Facebook or Google+ page: www.facebook.com/smule and http://gplus.to/smule
Do you love Ocarina classic? Just go to “Freestyle” on the home menu and play any song you like with no guidance. Scores still available at http://www.smule.com/songbook/scores.
Play your Ocarina in the new “whistle mode” (we find it particularly fun to play “X-Files” and “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”).
Make progress towards mastery and achievements such as:
- “Iron-Lung” (25,000 breath points)
- Breath points accumulate as you blow into your Ocarina
- Or, attain status such as “Ocarina Jedi” by mastering 100 songs
Hear people playing around the world:
- Listen in on Ocarina players all over the world by visiting – - the interactive Smule globe
- Love & comment on your favorite performances
- Share your favorite performances through Facebook or e-mail
Overall, I think its a killer app, that many people might find interesting. Its both a challenging game and a musical instrument that can be used to produce simple and soothing music.