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Leaf Trombone: World Stages Music Game for the iPhone

by: Arnold Zafra ; edited by: DaniellaNicole ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

If you've enjoyed Smule's Ocarina app, you will certainly love playing Smule's latest musical game app for the iPhone called Leaf Trombone: World Stage. Just like Ocarina, Leaf Trombone also turns your iPhone into a wind musical instrument while adding more fun features.

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    Leaf Trombone: World Stage's Game Modes

    leaftrombone Leaf Trombone is a full-featured game app for the iPhone that not only lets you play a musical instrument on your iPhone, but also allows you to become one member of the three-person panel who will judge, rate and comment on Leaf Trombone users' performances.

    Playing Leaf Trombone can be done in two modes - touch and wind. In Touch Mode, all you need to do is tap marked portions of the leaf to produce short and long notes. The sound utilizes your iPhone 3G's built-in microphone. While playing Leaf Trombone, you can shift between keys by tapping the plus and minus signs on your iPhone's screen. The game lets you adjust various settings that include changing the base key and the level of impact on your finger's motion. How the iPhone reacts to your finger's motion would determine the pitch produced by the Leaf Trombone.

    In Wind Mode, aside from tapping on the market leaves you need to tap on the leaf while blowing air into your iPhone's mic to play the music. You must tap the correct marked places on the leaf as quickly and consistently possible for you to make a good sound.

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    Leaf Trombone: World Stages Game Levels

    Leaf Trombone allows you to enjoy the game in three ways - by playing a song, becoming a judge in World Stage or via free play. When playing a song, 3D-rendered leaves will float on the screen. The changing appearance of the leaves will indicate if you are playing the Leaf Trombone properly. During gameplay the app will play background music to prep you. In free play, you can play poorly without feeling ashamed. Free Play also removes the 3D background, including the 3D leaves. All you do is play Leaf Trombone for as long you want.

    Some real fun begins if you join the World Stages as a judge. Through online multi-gaming you get to watch Leaf Trombone performers compete with each other in a battle for domination. No, I'm just kidding. World Stages let you judge, comment and even select one participant to win. To join the World Stage, you just need to create an account and begin playing the game/app. For additional fun, you can also use emoticons.

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    Other Features of Leaf Trombone

    As with Ocarina, it may take some time to learn to play Leaf Trombone well. The good news is that the difficult part only comes during the first few times that you play the game. Leaf Trombone also features various popular song selections coming from both user-submitted tracks and the mainstream racks that you can use to practice playing the instrument. The game also has a neat search feature that is very useful for finding things that might actually interest you.

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    Our Verdict

    Again Smule has successfully created a best-selling iPhone game apps. Leaf Trombone doubles the fun and excitement you get from playing Ocarina. Leaf Trombone is feature-rich and works fast. If you love using your iPhone as a musical instrument, then this app is a must-have for you. It may cost you almost a dollar, but this game is really a highly recommended game app for the iPhone. It's entertaining and fun, something which all iPhone games should be. If you're looking for an honest-to-goodness musical game for your iPhone, Leaf Trombone is the app you've been looking for.

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    Image Credit

    Screenshot of Leaf Trombone: World Stages by Smule.