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Developer(s) Maxis
Publisher(s) Maxis
Designer(s) Toshio Iwai
Composer(s) Toshio Iwai
Benimaru Itoh,
UrumaDelvi, others.
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) 1996
Genre(s) Simulation
Rating(s) ESRB: E
Media CD-ROM
System requirements 8 MB RAM
Input methods Keyboard, Mouse

SimTunes is a children's software toy designed by Toshio Iwai and released by Maxis in 1996.[1] It involves painting a picture with dots (large pixels), where each color (unless it was part of the backdrop, which was black or a bitmap) represents a musical note. The player places up to four different-coloured Bugz, which represent instruments or vocal syllables, on this picture, and can change their starting directions and relative speeds. The Bugz crawl over the picture, playing notes corresponding with the colours, and turning, moving randomly or jumping in response to function symbols that can be added to the dots.[2]

SimTunes was originally developed by Iwai as a game for the Super NES/Super Famicom, known as Sound Fantasy, in the early 1990s.[1] It is believed that Nintendo chose not to release the completed game because of its musical mechanics, which were unproven in home game consoles. Many of the ideas and elements in Sound Fantasy are present in SimTunes.

Electroplankton, for the Nintendo DS, was also designed by Iwai and is considered a spiritual sequel to SimTunes.


List of Bugz


Yellow Bugz

Green Bugz

Blue Bugz

Red Bugz


External links


Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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Developer(s) Maxis
Designer(s) Toshio Iwai
Status Released
Release date December 31, 1996
Genre Music game
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s)
Platform(s) PC
Media CD
Input Keyboard, mouse
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

SimTunes is media art "video game" created by Toshio Iwai with Maxis for the PC. It was a game that required you to draw a picture of dots with each different color dot represented a musical note unless it was part of the backdrop (black or bitmap). After drawing your picture you would then pick one of four Bugz, which sounded like an instrument or voice, to move over the picture to play the sounds created by the dots on the screen.

Originally SimTunes was being developed for the Super Nintendo (SNES) under the name Sound Fantasy which was not released after the game's development was complete. Therefore, not to put a completed game to wasted Sound Fantasy was renamed SimTunes and released for the PC. Recently the box-art and manual of the original game was displayed at a special exhibit celebrating Iwai's recent accomplishment on Electroplankton for the Nintendo DS in Tokyo.

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