Friday, May 2, 2014

Piano Tiles - a fun and free way to improve hand-eye coordination

Piano TilesAre you working on improving hand-eye coordination? Little Miss M and I had a great time with Piano Tiles. The basic object is to avoid the white keys, but the music you create is enchanting and there are various modes to play in. Whether the player is racing the clock or trying to be their own best time, quick fingers and faster moving eyes are a natural outcome of playing this game. It's also a lot of fun.

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I've only be using Piano Tiles or a few days and have consistently improved upon my best scores. While I prefer to play the Classic version which allows me to move at my own pace and times how long it takes, Little Miss M seems to thoroughly enjoy the Rush version where the keys whiz past her and she works to only tap the black keys.

In each level the object is to only click the black keys and to do it in order. There are five different game modes offering various objectives and challenges. Classic mode allows the player to go at their own speed and the speed is the score. In Arcade mode, the pace moves increasingly faster as more of the black keys are hit and the number of black keys are tracked. Relay mode rewards you for getting 50 tiles.

We struggle with hand-eye coordination in our house as well as motor planning and visual tracking. This app may seem deceivingly simple yet it challenges the player to follow with their eyes and engage their hands at the same time. Tracking is a skill we are working on and this app requires Little Miss M to really focus and thus trains her eyes at the same time.

I'm excited to add this to our repertoire of visual training apps.

From iTunes:
Charming Piano Sound Effect
5 Awesome Game Modes
Smoother Gameplay
Better User Interface
Game Center Support
Social Share Support

Watch your step, DON'T TOUCH ANY WHITE TILE. This is the core rule in this additive game.

Is it easy? Everyone can handle it, but not everyone can handle it well. What about you?

There are five modes in the game:

-Classic mode, get 50 dark tiles as soon as possible.

-Arcade mode, try your best to tap the dark tiles as many as you can, and do not miss one.

-Zen mode, try your best to tap the black tiles as many as you can in 30 seconds.

-Rush mode, another Arcade mode with no upper speed limited.

-Relay mode, complete 50 tiles in 10 seconds, than you' ll get 10 more seconds for another 50 tile

Amanda's hoping practicing hand-eye coordination will result in her spilling less food and drink on her clothes.

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