New iPhone apps worth downloading: Piano Mania V2 by JoyTunes update, Moovz, Glyph Quest

Jan 28, 2014
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Get your learn on with Piano Mania, our first app worth downloading today. It brings users piano lessons based on both beginner songs and popular titles, as well as lessons divided by chapter to help take you through the whole learning process. We’ve also got Moovz, a social network aimed specifically at the global gay […]

Get your learn on with Piano Mania, our first app worth downloading today. It brings users piano lessons based on both beginner songs and popular titles, as well as lessons divided by chapter to help take you through the whole learning process. We’ve also got Moovz, a social network aimed specifically at the global gay community, and Glyph Quest, a role-playing game that puts players into puzzle-like, strategic battles.


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Piano Mania V2 by JoyTunes update (iPad) (Free)

What’s it about? Learn to play and practice piano with the help of Piano Mania, an educational app that includes acoustic and electric piano settings and helps players learn by playing along.

What’s cool? Piano Mania provides users with a virtual piano to help them learn the instrument with a little help from well-known songs. The app provides information like the note of each key and walks users through learning to play through various lessons divided by chapters, each of which comes with earned skill points to show your progress. You can also play along with both well-known beginner songs or tracks from pop music, and Piano Mania lets you focus on either hand or both at once. The app is free and so are some of the lessons, and more can be purchased through an in-app subscription. Piano Mania’s new update brings a graphical overhaul that makes the app great for Retina displays, and lets students connect with their piano teachers so they can track progress from the app, among other improvements.

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Who’s it for? If you’re learning to play the piano and read sheet music, check out what Piano Mania has to offer.

What’s it like? Other great apps for learning piano include Learn Piano HD and Magic Piano by Smule.


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Moovz (Free)

What’s it about? Social network Moovz is specifically geared at the gay community, providing a space for users to communicate with one another.

What’s cool? Moovz has a lot in common with other social networks, but its primary offering is that it’s created with the global gay community in mind, providing a safe space for its users to connect with people who have something in common. The app lets users share, like and comment on photos, message one another, and connect to other users in their area as well as around the world. It also provides live feeds from what friends are doing as well as things like news posts, and makes it possible to filter out certain posts and receive Push notifications, as well as to connect with Facebook.

Who’s it for? As mentioned, Moovz is aimed at the gay community around the world.

What’s it like? For more social networking options, don’t forget to grab Facebook and Hornet.


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Glyph Quest (Free)

What’s it about? Fight monsters and complete quests by casting magic spells activated by strategically matching different icons in Glyph Quest, a simple role-playing game with a beautiful art style.

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What’s cool? The core of Glyph Quest is for players to cast magic spells by matching symbols together. As a wizard traveling the world, you fight battles in which you take turns dealing damage with certain enemies by casting magic spells – and to do that, you’ll need to draw a line through several “glyphs” to use them. It’s a bit of a match-3 scenario, but firing magic and enemies is all about strategies: use the same kind of spell multiple times in a row for a bonus, or alternate to the opposite element for even more damage. You’ll also spend time purchasing upgrades for your wizard so you can cast even more powerful spells. While most of Glyph Quest is text-based, the game distills role-playing elements to their simplest form to create an addictive puzzle-like hybrid.

Who’s it for? Players who enjoy RPGs and puzzlers should check out Glyph Quest’s take on both.

What’s it like? Other RPG titles with match-3 elements include Dungeon Raid and 10000000.

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