Mad Maestro! PlayStation 2

Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
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  1. While it is a tad disappointing that the game doesn’t have its conductor’s staff, the overall selection of music encountered and execution makes for a refreshing departure from the status quo in the genre.
  2. The whole MIDI-ish feel to the audio does server to cheapen the greater aural experience.
  3. 70
    A great kid's game and will amuse gamers with some musical knowledge or puzzle game addiction.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    70
    Once I got used to the orchestral score, Mad Maestro was surprisingly enjoyable, long and difficult (which isn't exactly the norm in the genre). [May 2002, p.107]
  5. While containing a wealth of songs to master and many bonus games to unlock, the relatively difficult control mechanics may hamper its appeal.
  6. 65
    As a game, though, it's pretty thin, despite the addition of a few new gameplay features and the usual abundance of out-to-lunch style.
  7. When it comes down to it, your eyes and ears have more fun than your thumbs.
  8. 64
    Although Mad Maestro is plenty novel, quirky, and cute as a button, it doesn't have enough depth or replay value to justify its price.
  9. Though classical music aficionados may get a kick out of getting to conduct some of their favorite pieces, the gameplay will likely be too simplistic or boring for rhythm junkies and average gamers.
  10. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    60
    After a few songs, keeping tempo and varying the strength with which you hit a single button gets pretty old. [May 2002, p.101]
  11. Play Magazine
    60
    It's a little difficult at first, as using the analog buttons properly takes some doing, but it soon feels natural. [Apr 2002, p.63]
  12. You get the feeling that this could be a nice little game that is more than the sum of it’s parts, but sadly this is not the case.
  13. PSM Magazine
    60
    The gameplay isn't as gripping and the characters aren't as interesting as other rhythm action games. [May 2002, p.30]
  14. The lasting appeal unfortunately is only as long as the game is sadly, which isn't long at all.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 14, 2013
    8
    This is one of those games that few people know about, and that's unfortunate. It makes unique use of the PS2's pressure sensitive buttons toThis is one of those games that few people know about, and that's unfortunate. It makes unique use of the PS2's pressure sensitive buttons to create a new kind of music and rhythm game: one where you are the conductor of a ragtag orchestra. The characters are a cute and a bit bizarre; your orchestra pit features instrument playing lions, robots and other misfits. The game provides little re-playability outside of the music sessions, and the story is a bit thin. The gameplay, however, is addicting and difficult. If you find this game in a bargain bin, give it a home. You may be surprised at how fun it is. Full Review »
  2. KyleO.
    Jan 25, 2004
    8
    Classical music fans rejoice and everybody else can rejoice too. THis game has a frantic fun to it. the soundtrack is one of the greatest Classical music fans rejoice and everybody else can rejoice too. THis game has a frantic fun to it. the soundtrack is one of the greatest ever assembled. The mini-games are weird and the graphics suck, but when you are in the middle of 'Swan Lake' trying to get a perfect score, none of that matters. Full Review »