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Frédéric Chopin iPhone video game smackdown promises that 'music will change forever'

By John Terauds on January 25, 2012

Welcome to the most improbable video game ever: Frédéric Chopin comes back from the dead to engage in nine duels with popular musical styles, using weird pop arrangements of nine of his best-loved pieces.

Yes, you read right. Available for a mazurka-like $1.99 from the iTunes store (optimized for the iPhone 4S, we are told) until Jan. 28 is the app, Frederic — The Resurrection of Music.

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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Here are what it’s makers, Forever Entertainment SA, have to say about the game:

Step into Frederic Chopin’s shoes, and go on a magical journey.

You wake up feeling a little dizzy. That’s strange – you quietly whisper to yourself – last thing I remember was being very ill. It does not matter now; you feel much better. You slowly stand up and go towards the open door. High clouds sparkle in the last rays of the setting sun. A truly magnificent show. You glimpse down and notice a row of graves, and another one behind. You look around, graves span around you. Yes, sherlock, you are at the cemetery. What the hell happened? As you try to collect your thoughts, three mysterious women appear from the thin air…

Accompany Chopin in his amazing journey full of humorous events. Battle your opponents in musical duels. Laugh till your stomach hurts with an hour of animated comic. Play through nine catchy arrangements of Chopin’s greatest classics. Practice your skills until perfection. Reach the first place and win a set of gold and diamonds jewelry made in honour of Chopin’s 200th birthday anniversary.

Features
– 9 fantastic remixes of classical hits
– 9 locations from around the world
– An hour of animated comic
– Megatons of humour
– Worldwide contest with awesome prizes
– Full Game Center compatibility
– 18 achievements of all difficulties
– Air Play Mirroring with Apple TV, play Frederic on your HDTV

Funnily enough, this is not the first video game to have Chopin as its main attraction. According to evolver.fm, the first one was a role-playing game for PlayStation 3 and XBox360 called Eternal Sonata.

Here’s a video trailer for Frederic – The Resurrection of Music:

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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