Ovelin, developer of the award-winning guitar learning game WildChords has received 1.4 million dollars in seed funding from Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm True Ventures.
The company will use the funds to further develop its current product, and extend the concept to teach people how to play a real music instrument through computer games.
— With the investment from True Ventures, we will grow much faster, and build a wider range of interactive music games to teach people all over the world to play music instruments, said Christoph Thür, CEO and co-founder of Ovelin.
WildChords has racked up more than 100,000 downloads on iPad in the first month, and carried off a handful of awards including winner at MIDEM Labs 2012 and LUDUS Best European Learning Game 2011.
The free iPad game is played with a real acoustic or electric guitar, and needs no additional equipment.
The user has to hypnotize animals by playing their favorite chords as he walks by. The played notes and chords are picked up through the iPads microphone, and the game evaluates the users performance and gives feedback to the user in real-time.
It is a family friendly game, suitable for beginners and intermediates of all ages. Once the free content has been played through, additional content is offered as in-app purchases within the game.