Ever wanted to dive into an interactive instrument game featuring the fiddle and an eight-chapter campaign? No? You might want to check yourself. Smule, the studio behind Magic Piano [$.99], Ocarina [$.99], and Glee Karaoke [$.99] have released such a game for the iPad. It's call Magic Fiddle [$2.99], and if the video below doesn't convince you that it's not as boring as it sounds, well, you've got a cold, shriveled, and straight-nasty heart.

Smule is no slouch, by the way. Its games are mad popular among enthusiasts and common folk alike and their smooth-looking apps are commonly put on Apple Store devices as a way to show off what an iPad or iPhone can do.

Of course, Magic Fiddle is more than a convenient way to play the Super Mario Bros. theme song on an iPad. The game has 20 songs in its "Songbook," which features other video game themes, as well as classical junk like Ave Maria. The game also has leaderboards support and a neat social twist: you can, according to a press release, broadcast your mad fiddle work via the "Smule Globe" and let friends and family know who wears the fiddle pants.

Here are a couple other videos Smule has released this afternoon in which famous people act famous and play the fiddle on an iPad. The first video features the St. Lawrence String Quartet, while the other stars Paul Dateh:

Magic Fiddle is available now for $2.99. At the moment, Smule is saying this is an iPad only, so no iPhone owners need apply. Sorry, folks; it's an exclusive thing, our little fiddle club.

  • EastsideStompers

    Well, that was torturous! Let's hope they don't release a 'Magic Bagpipes' app...

  • Grimgrock

    I'm sorry but as someone who has heard a real fiddle being played, this sounds nothing like a real fiddle. How about some bluegrass or whatever it is Steve Martin does as examples? The middle example sounds more like a violin than a fiddle.

    • EzeKiel

      @Grimgrock; a fiddle is a violin actually. They are the same instrument, it is just a way fiddlers call their instrument (still violin) because of the tunes they play on their (still violin) fiddles.

      Same thing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1335603011 Greg Feingold

      Steve Martin plays the banjo, actually.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1335603011 Greg Feingold

      Steve Martin plays the banjo, actually.

  • Grimgrock

    I'm sorry but as someone who has heard a real fiddle being played, this sounds nothing like a real fiddle. How about some bluegrass or whatever it is Steve Martin does as examples? The middle example sounds more like a violin than a fiddle.

  • x999x

    Rule #1: There is no Fiddle Club...

  • BlueOrchard

    Gonna

  • Silk tanktop

    What's up with the "cool kid" writing style of this story? It's a little embarrassing. "straight- nasty," "mad," "classical junk"? It's like I'm having an app pitched to me by some street peddler. Hopefully it was intended to be some sort of ironic satire, otherwise, drop the axe.

    • Grimgrock

      I must admit reading "classical junk like Ave Maria" was a bit jarring. I guess if you aren't a Lady Gaga or a JayZee you aren't worth anything musically these days. I weep for our youth.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503776641 Matthew Winkworth

        I read that line ironically...

    • EzeKiel

      I could not find mister Brad Nicholson profile on the toucharcade PR page, so I guess he must be new or something? yes it was kind of embarrassing how the article was written (the cool kid style I mean, the rest was good information).

  • mrh

    That's the stupidest thing I have ever seen...how many development cycles did it take to make that??

  • ipadngravy

    i love the sarcasm in your writing! you have something special, keep at it. when people start hating thats when you know its good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503776641 Matthew Winkworth

    The Pachelbel video is cringe-worthy, as it's obviously difficult to get the tuning accurate on this virtual instrument. I'm sure this is a fun toy, and I like the community feel of Smule's apps, but in my opinion this video shows exactly the opposite of what it's presumably aiming to: that it's not actually a credible virtual instrument.

  • Hg

    I'm sure Nintendo appreciates their music being used to sell an app on what they have deemed a competitor's product.

  • Jaytee Foster

    Wow, so out of tune.

    Also, this article sucks. It sounds like a middle-schooler wrote it.

  • GuestMan

    Haha, the dude is shaking his head as if the iPad instrument is evoking in him so much emotions.

    Either that or he's shaking his head in dismay at how stupid this thing is.

  • ChocoVanilla

    As an actual violin player myself, I find that the app is a lot less gimmicky than most of the others here. I agree that the tuning definitely needs some work, and that there really isn't enough room on an iPad's screen to fully expand the strings, yet I guess it'd be kinda cool to play some classical/new-age pieces on that (albeit most likely well out of tune).

  • Joel

    Pay the extra cash and buy Thumbjam.

    • Thelastpixelartist

      Or buy a violin?

      I think it's novel, and I don't suppose it's supposed to be anything else. Could definitely do with tuning though :)

  • http://twitter.com/Ax23000 Matt Lindquist

    Gee, tough crowd on here. I mean the way you guys are going on you'd think they were charging you the price of an actual violin. Let's be realistic, this thing costs as much as a freaking slide whistle.

    I'm not going to call it perfect, but it's actually a lot of fun. You learn a little about music, and it's far closer to a musical instrument than most music games ever get.

    I don't know, maybe I just have terrible taste or bad hearing or something...