The game of Memory has been around for years and there is no shortage of memory match games for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Melody Match is a matching game that sets itself apart from the others. The biggest difference between Melody Match and every other matching game I have ever played is that Melody Match takes a visual game and makes it both visual and auditory. Instead of remembering where you saw a picture, you must remember where you heard a certain melody or sound. It challenges your brain in a whole new way.
The game play is just what we are all used to with matching games. You tap on a card to find out what is behind that card. Instead of the card flipping over to reveal a picture, though, it plays a sound clip. Your job is to find the other card that plays the same sound clip. The first few levels are not too difficult, but the levels do get harder. Future levels have more cards and the sound clips are more similar. You must make sure to listen carefully to the clips because for each level you have a limited number of guesses to find all of the matches. This limit makes the game all the more challenging. Given an unlimited number of guesses it would be easy to match them all eventually.
There are several different categories of sound clips. At the beginning of each level, the category is displayed, giving you an idea of what to expect. I found that matching the sound clips was easiest when I was already familiar with the sound whether it be the sound of an animal I was familiar with (a dog bark) or a piece of classical music that I could name (Ode to Joy).
As you complete levels, you unlock those levels for future play, as well as unlocking other modes of play in the game. You can unlock Freeplay Mode, Record Mode, Speak Out Mode, Options, Rank, and Friends. Freeplay Mode allows you to go back and play levels that you have previously passed. You don’t choose a particular level by number, but rather choose the size of the board and the category of sounds. Record Mode allows you to record your own series of sound clips for a matching game. If you are playing on an iPod Touch, you will need to use an external microphone to record your sounds. The recording process is easy and straight-forward. Speak Out Mode allows you to create a matching game for a friend with a secret message. You record your message and the app breaks up the message into short sound fragments that are spread out among the cards. Your friend must match the small sound clips and then the full message is played back. Options lets you choose some different options for Freeplay Mode. Rank keeps track of the high scores, and Friends allows you to email a friend about the app.
The only complaint I would voice about the game is that there is not currently a way to start your game at one of the higher levels that you have reached in the past. Each game that you play starts with level one. My understanding, though, is that this functionality should be coming in future updates to this app.
Melody Match is a well written game with great graphics. It challenges and stretches your brain in a whole new way.
Melody Match is on sale for $1.99 in the iTunes App Store. There is also a free version.