If you ask 10 different persons what do they feel about music, 9 of them would say they love it! It can even be 10. I mean it’s as difficult to find a music hater as it is to find a dry stone in the sea. After all, if it’s all around you, how can you miss its colors! But out of these 9 guys, if you ask how many of them have actually learnt music technically, I don’t more than 1 or 2 hands to rise up. That’s because music is as difficult technically as physics in engineering. There are so many things to learn and you actually get to see the proverb in action, “Practice makes man perfect”. So when I’ll ask you to sign up for a musical puzzle, I might get many faces cheered up but what matters is, how many of them will survive!

I am talking about the latest iOS app called XBEATS that has been developed by NOTES17 LLC. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and requires iOS 6.1 or any later version of the OS. This app has also been optimized for iPhone 5.

Though the puzzle seems to be very simple at first, it isn’t. This game requires some deep knowledge about notes and I expect that many of you might not even know what a note is. But don’t worry; this game is for anyone irrespective of your knowledge about music, thanks to the hints available to you. The gameplay revolves around grids of notes. The grids can be 2×2, 3×3 or 4×4 and the bigger the grid is, the more difficult it is for you to solve the puzzle.

The grid consists of tiles and each tile represents a note. Each such note has a numerical value and that’s where the musical knowledge comes to rescue. If you know the values then its good, otherwise you can just check out the hints section. There are blank spaces in each row and you have to fill these spaces in order to match the pattern of each row which can be to add the sum of all notes to 2 or something else. You’ll pick the pieces from the bottom row where many different notes are available but you only have some limited moves to solve the puzzle. So be cautious while picking up a piece.

There are more than 40 levels in total covering all the different grids. If you are able to solve all these puzzles, then there is a special “Challenges” pack for you waiting with 20+ more levels to quench your thirst with. But remember, these levels are going to be more difficult to crack, so you better tighten up your belt before the ride starts!

Overall, this is a very interesting game. You get to solve puzzles and it helps you gather some musical knowledge on the way as well. This one’s available for free in the App Store. You should go and check it out now!

Pros: addictive gameplay; musical puzzle; more than 40+20 levels; hints for non-musicians; free.

Cons: none.

I will give this app 4.5 out of 5 stars.