Piano Master is a music GAME. It's not going to teach you to play the piano, just like Guitar Freaks & Drum Mania won't teach you the guitar & drums. You won't learn to read music, but you'll be honing your eye-finger coordination as you play this game.
You can play Piano Master on a phone, but it's best to play it on a tablet where it's easier to simultaneously tap multiple keys. It might also help if you know the song, or you can choose 'Listen' before playing, so that you're aware of its rhythm.
There are close to 40 songs included, and there is a 'Download More Songs' button on the main screen through which you can BUY special versions of Piano Master dedicated to various themes. I wish B77 would change it to read 'Buy More Songs'. Once you've completed playing a song, you can share your result or post it on Facebook; but really they are just for promoting the game.
Under the hood there are no questionable permissions or codes. Some 3rd-party scanner might report the presence of analytics, and it does ask for the Internet permission, but I don't think it actually uses it; most likely it's something left over from the free version. It runs fine offline anyway.
Piano Master is a fun & innocent game, and I would have given it a 5 if the graphics were better & sharper, included more songs, and allowed slight variations in the rhythms. The current version still deserves a solid 4, and I'd recommend you to download & play with it.
This is a piano playing app and it isn't bad. It contains 38 songs. Most of them are old to avoid copyright infringement. The tone of the piano and playing of the piano works fine on a 8 inch tablet. I like that it has the notes fall down the screen and there is a timing bar that shows you when to play the next note. It is a good idea to help to teach you timing.
This is more of a game than a teaching app but it is well done. It would be hard to play on a small phone as the piano keys would be too small.
I rated the app at 4 stars as the list of songs is only 38 and you have to purchase more apps to get more songs. The app contains links to 5 more apps where you can download more content from the Appstore for $0.99 each. Only four of the links worked on my tablet. The Christmas songs link didn't work. A 6th link was to this app so it was a repeat of the same songs.
Permissions: * Full network access * View network connections
The app contains Google Analytics that can monitor your in app behavior and activity. It also contains the code for Facebook connection. The app contains no adware or malware and it is safe to download.
The app installed 7.25MB into my device memory and I moved it to my SD card. It left 1.79MB in my device memory and moved 7.25MB to my SD card.
This is a good piano simulator, but you need to have a device that has true multi-touch (not just 2 touch input) for a number of the songs. Heavy on the classical, which I like, but I'd like to have more of other kinds of songs, too. After trying several piano apps, my two favorites are: 1) Magic Piano, which doesn't have much to do with piano playing (other than an optional free-play keyboard) but the main part of the app is a very easy way to "play" a number of songs (I recommend paying for the "Smoola" to buy some of your favorites, especially if you don't care for classical - classical is Public Domain, but modern popular songs are copyrighted and licensed). 2) Pianist HD (AKA Finger Tap Piano) which actually uses a simulated keyboard like Piano Master but also has a number of settings you can adjust, a recording option, a cloud sharing service, and my favorite (possible only with the Diamond paid-for version) the ability to import MIDI songs. But if you want a play-along app with a keyboard instead of magic dots and don't care for all the options that come with HD Pianist, this might fit your needs.
Unacceptable lags and wrong notes. I could play the classics like Bach's Minuet in G, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and Ode to Joy with my eyes closed on a real keyboard. Both the meter and the rhythm are really off. Part if this is because of a lag (on a Nexus 7) , and part of it is because it's just not correct. Plus I've already found some wrong notes. And this is really not designed for smaller screens. If you want your hands (or hand in this case as it only does the treble or right-hand part) you can't position it properly you would have to have at least at 10" screen. On a smaller screen you're forced to pick out a tune with one finger.
This will teach you nothing about playing piano or about music. In fact, if you're trying to learn piano it will make things worse. If you want it as a game it might be okay but considering the amount of really fun games out there this one doesn't make the cut for me.
If you're looking for a great music app I recommend the excellent Piano Companion. It was given away as a FAoTD a couple of times but I consider that one well worth the money. I'm sorry to give this one a low rating but it just doesn't work properly and for me, anyway, it has no entertainment value either.