Icelandic developers Rosamosi recently received one of the Nordic Game grants And the recognition – not to mention the money – will help them complete a musical mission.
In the offices of Icelandic game developers Rosamosi, a new land is taking shape. It is called Mussiland and is an adventurous – and sometimes a little dangerous – place filled with music.
“Mussiland is a place where music is the main drive and the language between everyone”, says Margrét Júlíana Sigurdardottir, CEO and co-founder of Rosamosi.
Mussiland is more than a game, though. It has a mission. With the musical universe, Rosamosi hopes to inspire more children to get interested in music – and learn music, Margrét Júlíana Sigurdardottir explains:
“Mussikids is a creative platform, where you create music with the Mussiband. But in order to participate, you need some skills. So it’s sort of learning by doing”, she says.
To help with the mission, Rosamosi recently received a grant of 200.000 DKK from Nordic Game. And while the money obviously helps, the recognition of the grant is almost as important, Margrét Júlíana Sigurdardottir says:
“The money are important, but to me the recognition made me quite proud. Because it means that they believe in this as a game and that was very important for me and for the game as well”, she explains.
The player explores the Mussiland with the four Mussikids, meeting various musical monsters along the way. The Music Box, is the ‘entry point’ to the Mussiland universe where the players save their songs and progress in the game. Margrét Júlíana Sigurdardottir has been working on the Mussikids universe since 2005 and have made a realization about the game.
“It needs to have a good gaming method. Gaming is such a strong tool, if you use it correctly. It’s like a good teacher, it needs to activate your motivation to learn. The game has been through a few alterations, but we have a really good game now, I think”, she says.
With the release of The Music Box, Margrét Júlíana Sigurdardottir and the Rosamosi team hopes to expand music education to beyond the classroom:
“There are so many reasons for us to have music as a bigger part of our lives. Here in Iceland, you have one music lesson per week. To me, that is like teaching math or Chinese once a week, you’re not really getting anywhere. So we hope to help children really get into music and understand music of all sorts”, she says.
The Music Box does not yet have a specific release date, but it is scheduled to be released this Autumn for iOS. And Margrét Júlíana Sigurdardottir hopes that The Music Box – and the Mussikids universe can inspire children to get involved with music.
“Of course, we hope that the kids will like the game. And we hope that it will inspire them to play more and that they will take it with them into their musical exploration in real life”, she says.