Ocarina for Android

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 30, 2013

Emulating a wind instrument on your smartphone can be loads of fun. Emulating a wind instrument that was used in the popular video game Zelda is even better. With Ocarina you're able to convincingly and beautifully play many different songs on your device. In addition to being fun, this app is very addictive, too.

Ocarina installs quickly and is ready to use with no additional setup. The main screen is in a brilliant blue color, and there are five keys displayed. When pressed, these five keys emit different sounds and in conjunction with one another the key changes. It is similar to playing a trumpet. Even though there a few keys, the sounds emitted are many. With the soft menu key you are able to select a song, and the notes will play in succession on the screen. It should be noted that this program only works with devices that support at least four multitouches. If it is attempted on other devices, you will be unable to make most of the music. Another great feature of the application is the blow setting. With this special setting, you are able to actually use the device's microphone as a mouthpiece. When you place your fingers on the keys and blow, the device will emit a beautiful note. When you stop blowing the note stops.

Ocarina offers many hours of fun for everyone who likes to play an instrument. It doesn't take any special knowledge or talent to play music, and the challenge keeps you addicted. Playing is similar to playing Guitar Hero. The song selection is pretty big, given that the application is free.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.3

Version 1.3:- Phone microphone should now be used on all devices where available, instead of camcorder microphone.- Multitouch fix for some devices (hopefully).

General

Release January 15, 2013
Date Added January 15, 2013
Version 1.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android, Android 2.3.3 - Android 2.3.7
Additional Requirements Compatible with 2.3.3 and above.

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Total Downloads 321
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Turn your android smartphone into an ocarina and play all the famous Zelda songs & more.Reviewers, please be sure to read user guide below before rating!IMPORTANT NOTES:- If you can't hold down more than 2 holes, that doesn't mean your device doesn't support more than 2-point multitouch. Some software might be blocking the 3rd and 4th touches. For example, HTC users be sure to disable "HTC Gestures" in your phone settings before using the app, otherwise it won't work properly.- If you think that wrong microphone is used for blowing function, try to set another default microphone in settings.This app requires at least 4-point multitouch support.You can open options menu with soft menu key.1. First menu option is the root key, which will determine the pitch of the instrument.2. Second is mode. Different modes require different fingerings. Ocarina tabs will usually have root key and mode marked.3. Third options is the blowing function. 3.1 If it is ON, blow gently into the microphone of your device to produce sound. Remember, however, that this is not supported natively in android and this option is a "hack" that requires powerful devices to function properly. 3.2 If is OFF, you will play in touch mode, which will only require you to touch the correct holes to produce sound. In touch mode there's an additional hole which substitutes for "all holes uncovered" sound and will also block any other holes you might be covering with your fingers.4. You can select a song to play from the list of available songs. After selecting a song, program will automatically choose the appropriate root key and mode and will immediately allow you to play. To play the song, just follow the tab that will pop up at the top of the screen. This mode requires you to know the melody, because there's no timing info for each note.5. This option will show you a fingering chart for current mode and key.If you have any questions or problems, please contact me via email.Recent changes:Version 1.3:- Phone microphone should now be used on all devices where available, instead of camcorder microphone.- Multitouch fix for some devices (hopefully).Content rating: Everyone