Overview & Gameplay
Mad Maestro is a music/rhythm game made by Eidos under the company name Fresh Games. The game is based to timed button presses on the PS2 controler, and also the sensitivity of the button presses. You as the conductor must press the button according to the pressure and time. The pressure levels are Light, Medium and Hard. There were squeals to this game released in japan under the name of "Let's Bravo Music". In Japan they have also released an optional Baton attachment to give you a more conductor like experience.
Like most quirky Japanese rhythm games, the story of Mad Maestro is fairly nuts. You play as a young aspiring conductor named Takt as a fairy named Symphony leads him and his band on a quest to save the town concert hall from being demolished. Somehow, UFOs are involved.
In Mad Maestro you are presented the task of playing classical music. The beat is displated by four dots that show up in the middle of the screen and around the edges are colours. You are aiming to hit the glowing dot while it is directly in the middle of the coloured dots. The colours represent with how much pressure you are to press the buttons on the controller, or if you imported the baton attachment how hard you should move the baton. Blue is for pressing the button lightly, green is for medium, and red to for pressing it as hard as you can.
You get more points and a better upgrade to your meter if you press it just enough before it would count as another colour. So if you are pressing lightly for blue there are two bars on the trophy icon and if you hit the button so that both blue lines show up just before it would hit green then you will get maximum points.
As tempo changes in songs the distance between each dot will get bigger or smaller and this can get tricky in some songs since the tempo changes frequently. The bar at the right tells you how close you are to failing and how you are doing overall. When the bar fills up and turns gold that means you are doing very well but if you miss a couple of notes in a row or you are not hitting with the right pressure the bar will turn to black. While the bar is black/dark purple you have to hit a couple notes perfectly or very good in a row to get it back to gold. If you finish a song with a black/dark purple bar you will fail the song.
The background will change depending on the colour of the bar. When you first start off the song the background will be normal but when you get into gold it will change into a happier tone and it looks like everything is going to plan. When the bar is changed to black/dark purple then the background will changes to a much darker tone and everything will be in chaos in the background.
- Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D Major - Johannes Brahms
- Hungarian Dance No.5 in G Minor - Johannes Brahms
- Slavic Dance No. 7 - Antonin Dvorak
- Thunder and Lightning - Johannes Brahms the Second
- Finale from Carnival of the Animals - Camille Saint-Saens
- The Marriage of Figaro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Scene from Swan Lake - Piotr Tchaikovsky
- Toreador Song from Carmen - George Bizet
- Baba Yaga's Hut from Pictures at an Exhibition - Modeste Mussorgaky
- 9th Symphony 4th Movement - Ludwig van Beethoven
- Entry of the Gladiators - Julius Fucik
- Marche Militaire - Franz Schubert
- March from The Nutcracker - Piotr Tchaikovsky
- Trepak from The Nutcracker - Piotr Tchaikovsky
- 40th Symphony K550 1st Movement - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Orpheus in the Underworld Overture - Jacques Offenbach
- Flight of the Valkyries from The Valkyrie - Richard Wagner
- Night on Bald Mountain - Modeste Mussorgsky
- Dance of the Four Swans from Swan Lake - Piotr Tchaikovsky
- Morning from The Pier Gynt Suite - Edvard Grieg
- William Tell Overture - Gioachino Rossini
- Rakoczi March - Hector Berlinz
- Csikos Post - Hermann Necke
- Toy Symphony - Leopold Mozart
- Eine Kleine Nacht Musik - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Dance of the Reed Flutes from The Nutcracker - Piotr Tchaikovsky
- Algerian Suite from French Military March Music - Camille Saint Saens
- Flight of the Bumblebee - Nikolai RImsky Korsakov
- Ballet of the Uncharted Chicks from Pictures of an Exhibition - Modeste Mussorgsky
- Divertimento No.1 in E flat Major K113 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- L'Arlesienne suite no. 2 from Farandole - George Bizet
- Hall of the Mountain King from The Pier Gynt Suite