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                        MAD MAESTRO! FAQ/WALKTHROUGH Ver. 1.0

This document is Copyright 2002 By Jason Abdelhadi (Mind Ape)

Email me at:  Mind_Ape @hotmail.com


-March 24th, added Bonus Games 9-10, 

-March 23rd, 2002, Started Concert Play section, finished Bonus Games  1-8

-March 22nd, 2002, minor editing, started Bonus Games section

-March 21st, 2002, Added Stages 9-11, started Concert Mode section,
 finished complete song list

-March 20th, 2002, started FAQ, added introduction and gameplay sections, finished stages 1-8

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Gameplay
3. Walkthrough
4. Bonuses and secrets 
5. Concert Mode details 
6. Complete song list
7. Acknowledgements 

1. Introduction

Mad Maestro is the first Conductor simulator to come out in North America and is definitely one of the stranger games out there. You are Takt, a young conductor 
who is out to save the town music hall from being destroyed by putting on a big recital. To do this you need more members in your orchestra, so you must travel 
around town recruiting members and helping people out on the side. This FAQ will hopefully give you enough information to help you complete the game and 
unlock many of the bonuses.

2. Gameplay

The gameplay in this game is fairly simple when you look at it, but it can get quite complicated after a while. I've tried my best to divide this section into parts so 
that you'll find it easier to read.

I.  Main Menu

When you  first start up your game, you'll see a menu that looks like this:

New game
Load Game
Child mode

You shouldn't have to much trouble figuring out what to do. I recommend the tutorial as it is short and shows you the basics of play. Child mode is super easy 
and you shouldn't need any further information to beat it, really. (I'll go into a little more detail just for completeness )

Child Mode
Child mode is only for very young kids or people who just wanna hear the music and bang through the game (shame! SHAME!) All you have to worry about is the 
tempo, there is no pressure or anything else fun in child mode. All the levels are already laid out before you and everything. The only good thing about child mode 
is that crazy dancing bear! Yeah!

II. In game menus

When you start your new game, you'll be asked to select your difficulty, Easy or Normal (There isn't too much of a diffrence, buttons are more sensitive in normal 
and the speed is a little more precise). You will then be brought to your main in game menu.

i. Story

This option will take you to the story part of the game, and will take you to the first level. Once you beat the game this option is renamed Memory.

ii. Extra Fun

This section has all the main options and bonus games in it. It has four parts:

Free Play:
Allows you to play songs that you've obtained through story mode over again. All songs in this section are played in the concert hall.

Music Room:
Allows you to listen to songs you've heard or obtained through story mode.

Allows you to watch replays that you have saved on your memory card.

Bonus Games:
Allows you to play the bonus games you get through story mode.

Concert Play (must beat game):
Allows you to play concert programmes of songs that you have (Depends on how many songs you have). When you complete all of the concerts in concert mode 
you can move on to the Final Concert (See Concert Mode section for more details.)

iii Game Settings
This section will let you adjust the Evaluation Voice Volume (THANK GOODNESS!), Stereo or Mono and the baton button settings. The baton settings can adjust 
the sensitivity of your baton buttons.

iv.  Save
 This will allow you to save your progress to your memory card.

III. Playing a song

When you start to actually play a song, you will notice several things. The first will be those four big circles with a little ball bouncing through them

i. Cue Points

Those big circles with the little ball bouncing through them all called Cue Points. This is what you will be focusing on most of the game. The main point of the game 
is to hit a baton button (Triangle, Circle, Square or X) each time that little ball hits a circle. You'll notice the circles will expand, causing you to press the buttons 
slower, or it may contract, causing you to press the buttons faster. The first thing you'll want to do is get a feel for this speed variation (Tempo). It may take a 
while but you should get it eventually.

ii. Pressure Meter

To your right of the circles is a small bottle shaped meter. This is the pressure meter. It tells you how hard you are hitting the buttons. Red means you've hit the 
button hard, green means normal and blue means soft.  The point of this is so that you'll know how hard to hit each button when that colour shows up on the 
cue points. Cue points will regularly change colour as the volume of the song gets louder and softer and you will need to control the pressure that you apply to 
the buttons. It may seem complicated and difficult but after a bit of practice you'll get the hang of it.

iii. Tension Meter

The other meter left on the screen (With the little devil and angel figures on it) is the Tension meter. This meter shows you how well you are playing (without any 
mistakes). If you don't make any mistakes for a complete 4 circles, the meter will go up and if you make mistakes it will go down. If you play well enough the 
meter will go into Angel mode, which means you haven't made any mistakes. To pass a level you MUST end the song in Angel mode. But watch out, once you are 
in Angel mode and you play badly, you will go into Devil mode which requires you to play perfectly until your a freed back into normal mode. 

iv. Extras

Ocassionally a song will have arrows pointing within a Cue Point, in which case you just press the arrow at the same time as the baton button. There are alos 
stars that will occasonally pop up in a beat, in which case you can hold them down with the baton button for a bit to make that note longer (makes a really good 
effect if it's right at the end of a piece).

v. Medley Mode

The way to get all the bonuses and secret songs in this game is through either the concert modes or through Medley modes. What exactly is a Medley mode? 
Well, when you play a Stage (Normal Mode) well enough and keep it in Angel mode for a long time, the circles will turn black and have triangles in them. If you 
manage to play all the triangles at the right tempo, you will have reached Medley mode. The song will change and will stay in a child mode, where all you have to 
worry about is the tempo until the song ends(The pressure is still there, so you can pound through the song as hard as you want!:). If you end in Angel mode, 
you will get to keep the song plus get a shot at that Stages Bonus Level! If you beat the bonus level, you keep the song and the minigame (See Bonus Stages 
and Secrets for more details aswell as descripitons)!

Tips on playing a song

Playing these songs require you to be relaxed and to pay attention. The main problem I have is that I'll be focusing so much on the pressure that my tempo will 
go off and I'll screw up, or vice versa. Don't worry if your having a lot of trouble with a particular song (Swan Lake and Ride of the Valkyries nearly drove me 
nuts!) just keep at it and you'll be suprised at how quickly you'll get the hang of it. Remember to doubly careful once you hit Angel mode, and especially when 
you're near the end of a piece, becuase it'll probably speed up and drive you into Devil Mode ! Relaxation and focus are the keys!

Tips on reaching Medley Mode

Just make sure you are comfortable with the level and know the song well enough! I recommend that you play the level through with the Triangle baton button 
so that when the Medley mode comes up you won't have to fiddle around trying to find triangle and such. Other than that, it's pretty easy!

3. Walkthrough

This is my complete walkthrough for the 11 stages in this game. They contain useful information but you'll still need practice with them, no matter how much I talk. 

Stage 1

Title: Will the Couple do a "pas de deux?"

Song: Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D major , Johannes Brahms

Time: 4/4 (four circles)

Medley Song (Bonus): Hunagrian Dance No. 5 in G minor, Johannes Brahms

Story: Darlin has a date with Hannie and spends so much time preparing that he shows up late! It seems the only way to save this day is for a dance(Played 
well, that is), so play away Maestro! Remember that there is a relationship at stake!

Tips: I've always found this level to be a bit difficult, especially for stage 1! Anyways, this song has a bit of everything and should show you the basics. Keeping in 
tempo may be a bit tough at first, though. The background can also get a little annoying at times. If this is your first time, it should probably take you at least a 
few tries before you beat it. If you've just beaten it by a hair then you might want to consider practicing for a while in Free Play until you have it mastered (trust 
me, you won't regret it!).

Stage 2

Title: The Savior of the Run Down Circus

Song: Slavic Dance No. 7, Antonin Dvorak

Time: 4/4

Medley Song: Thunder and lightning, Johannes Strauss II

 Story: Lunar the Circus Clown and her circus troupe are about to perform................To an empty house! It seems that you and your musical powers are needed 
again! Put on a great show and fill the room for Lunar, hit a bad note and it's failureville!(Ugh, I know, shut up.)

Tips: Ah yes, I think this one is much easier than the last, so if you took my advice and mastered Stage 1 this should be a breeze. The tempo stays pretty much 
the same, the background graphics, while bright and shiny, aren't terribly bothersome. All in all, this stage shouldn't make you pull your hair out or anything (If it 
does, just keep at it!).

Stage 3

Title: Troubled Fashion Show

Song: Finale from the Carnival of Animals, Camille Saint-Saens

Time: 4/4

Medley Song: The Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Stroy: A fashion show is being put on under the worst conditions! Lights falling, guard rails busting, electricity pipes flailing about! Can you save this show from 
disaster and recruit Neostyle? I certainly hope so!

Tips: It may start off easy, but this un' ain't no pushover! First of all, it's pretty damn long (so far), which isn't good for anyones nerves. Losing your mind in this 
sort of game can screw up a whole 3 minutes work, so try and keep your head! The tempo and pressure in this level gets harder so be prepared for Fast Red, 
Slow Red, Fast Red-Fast Green type stuff. This one will most likely take you a few tries (If not, yahoo!).

Stage 4

Title:  The Swan and the Boy

Song: Scene from Swan Lake, Piotr Tchaikovsky

Time: 4/4

Medley Song: Toreador Song from Carmen, Georges Bizet

Story: Adonis, a young elf-like boy has taken a fancy to playing his flute by the lake, and he calls a group of swans! All seems good.............But, oh no! A storm is 
brewing! looks like we'll need your musical powers to save the swans (Stupid swans wastin my time...grumble grumble..)!

Tips: Alright, if you found the last Stage difficult, you might wanna practice for a bit. This stage can be a real kick in the knickers. The tempo won't go super fast on 
you or anything but it changes drastically at certain points and near the end. The pressure is seriously tough on this one, so be on your guard and watch out for 
sudden changes in colour! On the bright side (literally) the scenery is really great in this one, and if you make it to Angel mode it gets so peaceful........Ah, 
nirvana........Anyways, this level is one of the tougher ones in my opinion.

Stage 5
Title: UFO night

Song: Ride of the Valkyries from The Valkyrie, Richard Wagner

Time: 3/4 (Aaah!)

Medley Song: Night on bare Mountain, Modeste Mussorgsky
Story: Wallopin' Websnappers! It seems that rambling reporter Antonio has made contact with Aliens! We'd better get there to sooth the aliens mood and give 
them a welcome, or this could get UGLY!

Tips: Yeah, Nibelungs in da house! For all you non-Wagnerians, you'll probably recognize this tune from many Ren and Stimpy episodes, or from that movie 
Apocalypse Now or something. Anyways, this song kicks royal buttocks. Did I mention that this will probably be the toughest level in the game for you? Well, it 
will. This song is completely nuts, first of all it's in 3/4 time. If that doesn't confuse the hell outta ya, then maybe all those crazy ass arrows will! This song has 
rapid pressure changes and arrows everywhere, but at least the tempo is constant. All that crazy crap in the background won't help either, so good luck and 
don't feel bad if you're stuck here for a while.

Stage 6

Title: You too, Lionel?

Song: Marche Militaire, Franz Schubert

Medley Song: Entry of the Gladiators, Julius Fucik

Time 4/4

Story: Hmm, lesse, Pretty boy, Clown, Fashion Designer, Elf-Boy, News Anchor, what else does an orchestra need? A man in a Lion costume, of course! Help 
Lionel fill the house on his dangerous motocycle act and win him over!

  Tips: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You call this a level!? Ahem......After what you've just done with Wagner and his aliens, this level is a breeze.....No, wait, softer than a 
breeze...........A mild fart maybe? Yeah, anyhoo, this level is the easiest! Constant tempo, pressure changes you can see a mile away and some simple arrow 
tricks. The song isn't even that long! You shouldn't have ANY trouble with this sucker if you beat the last stage.

Stage 7

Title: Hannie's feeling down

Song: March from the Nutcracker, Piotr Tchaikovsky

Time: 4/4 

Medley Song: Trepak from the Nutcracker, Piotr Tchaikovsky

Story: Darlin recommends Hannie, a beginner Cellist as the next addition to your orchestra! Can you woo her over with your musical charm and wit? Remeber to 
play well, because Hannie is a tough nut to crack!(pun intended, see song title you dolt!)

Tips: Again, a very simple round. The arrows are a little bit harder to do in this level but the Tempo is just as easy as the last. Pressure is no problem in this one. 
Just be over with it quick already.

Stage 8

Title: How proud is a Top Model?

Song: 40th Symphony K550-1st movement, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Time: 4/4

Medley Song: Orpheus in the Underworld Overture, Jacques Offenbach

Story: That fashion designer Neostyle and Hannie recommend you pick up that top model (was her name Nikki?)  for your orchestra, but you'll have to play well, 
because like Hannie she won't go down without a fight. 

Tips: Aha, we're back in bidness agin! This one is really quite tough, it starts out simple enough, but soon you will see the horrors of the craziest tempo change in 
the game! The circles are packed really tight together and you have to move really fast, switching from red, blue and green as you go along. This song is also 
plenty long, the longest so far. Don't try to get this one all in one go or you'll quickly get sick of it. Try and take a break after each time you play it cause it's LONG!

Stage 9

Title: Greetings From Mars

Song: "Baba Yaga's Hut" From Pictures at an Exhibition, Modeste Mussorgsky

Time: 4/4

Medley Song: 4th Movement from 9th symphony, Ludwig Van Beethoven

Story: Antonio The News Anchor pipes in and sayas he's found the perfect addition to the orchestra, Aliens! You'd better play well or else you might get zapped! 
Hay look on the bright side, at least the orchestra's almost full :)

Tips:  I love this song, I really do. it's just so loud and stuff. This song has a pretty fast tempo most of the time, but nothing you haven't done before. It's got a 
few arrows scattered around, but they shouldn't cause you any serious trouble. I really expected it to be difficult, but it's not so bad and you should find it quite 

Stage 10

Title: The Secret of the  lake

Song: Dance of the Four Swans from Swan Lake, Piotr Tchaikovsky

Time: 4/4

Medley Song: Morning from Peer Gynt Suite, Edvard Grieg

Story: There's an old man by the lake fishing, maybe if we help him catch something, he'll help us!

Tips: Short but tricky. The arrows in this level are a constant. Once you get used to them, it's simply a matter of picking through the tempo. I've always had 
trouble slowing down with this piece, maybe because I get to caught up in the song. Pay attention to your tempo, it's really tricky.

Stage 11

Title: Shake it, Bravoes!

Song: 3 songs (2 if in easy) + William Tell Overture (1st time)

Time: Depends on songs

Story: Yes, it turns out that man by the lake was the famous composer Etoile! But what instrument can he play? A triangle of course. Hooray! You now have 
enough members to attempt the Recital! Let's go out and give the best performance of your life! (The best performance of your life? The best performance of your 
life!) And save us a concert hall!

Tips: First of all, you'll notice there is no Tension meter, so you'll have to wait until the end of the piece to hear how well you did (the amount of applause). Just 
remember to know all your songs as well as possible, because you have to get applause for all of your songs to win. William Tell Overture isn't too tough so if this 
is your first go, don't get all freaked out. The encore piece is a piece of cake, and you won't even need to finish it, so don't worry yourselves over that. Remember 
that you can't pause during the concert so be prepared and good luck!

Congrats, ol' chum. You've beaten the game, gained some new pieces and best of all, gotten rid of that fairy! But there is still plenty more to unlock and do, so 
keep reading for the secrets and bonuses!

4. Bonuses and Secrets

I. Bonus Games

Each stage has a bonus game after you clear the Medley Mode (in Normal)which you get to keep if you clear them, including the song they go with. These games 
often have quirks besides just playing a song. This section will give you a complete list and description of these stages as well as some tips.

Stage 1

Title: Love Bucket Relay

Song: Csikos Post, Hermann Necke

Time: 4/4

Story: Oh no! The town is on fire! We'll need Darlin and Hannie's help as well as the townspeople to quench these flames! Play well and save the town from extra 

Tips: This one is kinda annoying, and again I found it a bit difficult for a Stage 1. The tempo will remain the same for the whole song, but that's not the problem. 
The real trick is to keep your wits about you and make sure you don't mess up on the pressure! Only a few mistakes and your gone! 

Stage 2

Title: Lunar Magic 

Song: Toy Symphony, Leopold Mozart

Time: 4/4

Story: Lunar will put on a magic show for the circus finale! Each time you play a perfect bar of music, one of Lunar's friends will appear on stage! Play any wrong 
notes and starnge things will start to appear!

Tips: This one is pretty easy, since you can mess up quite a few times and still recover. There isn't any reason why you should be messing up anyways, since the 
music is so easy to play in this level. You should have this one done pretty quick.

Stage 3

Title: Dress up!

Song: Eine Keline Nacht Musik, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Time: 4/4

Story: Three models are having some sort of dress-up contest! For every beat of music, something will fall on the model (clotheswise, of course) and every bad 
beat something bad will fall on them! The game will end if you allow all three to become badly dressed!

Tips: This one isn't too hard either, though sometimes you can lose yourself watching clothes fall (so don't!). This song is pretty long but it shouldn't cause you 
much trouble.

Stage 4

Title: Concert with the little Birds

Song: Dance of the Reed Flutes from the Nutcracker, Piotr Tchaikovsky

Time: 4/4

Story: Adonis is going to summon up some birds with his flute so they can have a wonderful concert! Play every bar correctly and summon the forest friends, 
make a mistake and a strange creature will appear!

Tips: You may find this one a bit difficult. The tempo changes can get a little tiresome because of this songs length and that could cause some major screw ups! 
Every time you blow a bad note most of the birds fly away so it's really easy to mess up near the end! Just make sure you pay attention and this one can be over 
with quickly.

Stage 5

Title: Launch of the Fireworks 

Song: Algerian Suite from French Military March Music, Camille Saint-Saens

Time: 4/4

Story: We need to welcome the Aliens, and what do Aliens love more than fireworks? Nothing! Press the designated button and keep in tempo or you will hit the 
Aliens ship! Too many hits and they are done for!

Tips: AAAAAAARGGH! This one is EVIL! You have to use all 4 baton buttons in very odd patterns, and it's so easy to get lost and screw up! I had to sit right up to 
the tv without blinking to beat this one. The key is to watch 2 beats ahead of you ALL the time, and be prepared for a tempo change near the end. Don't mess up 
cause it takes forever to replay through Ride of the Valkyries and the Medley song in this stage!

Stage 6

Title: Lionel's Flaming Hoops

Song: Flight of the Bumblebee, Nikolai-Rimsky Koraskov

Time: 4/4

Story: Lionel is going to do his famous flaming hoop tricks! Play through each bar perfectly to have Lionel go through the hoops unscathed. If you play a bad 
note, you burn Lionel and take away some of his life!

Tips: Bloody frickin frogwallopin' heck! This is the fastest, craziest song in the game! In other words, really quick tempo and many unexpected pressure changes + 
Very limited life bar = PAIN! The only way you'll get through this one is by knowing well how to change pressure in really quick tempo, so make sure you do!!! I 
spent many many tries on this one but finally managed to get it (with only a tiny bit of life left!)

Stage 7

Title: Quack Quack Racing

Song: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks from Pictures at an Exhibition, Modeste Mussorgsky

Time: 4/4

Story: You are the White Duck (YES!). You are racing against other, browner, inferior ducks. You must play well and the White Duck will eventually get a dash and 
hopefully win 1st! If you do not play well, the White Duck will start to sink and eventually drown. Do you like drowning little white ducks? I thought so, so play 

Tips: HAHAHAHAHAHA! This is a really easy one, and really cool too! Just don't mess up often and you'll be fine! The song is a little quick (tempo), but if you've 
even made it this far it should seem like nothing.  Ha, you don't even need to come in first!

Stage 8

Title: The Feast

Song: Divertimento No. 1 in E flat major K113, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Time: 4/4

Story: The fashion show was a success and now it's time for a little tucker! Help Neostyle and Nikki pig out by playing well, but don't mess up or you'll spill the 
food (haha)! Spill enough and the manager will ask you to leave!

Tips: Arrows, arrows, arrows everywhere! Almost every beat in this one has an arrow in it, so the key to winning this one is to know arrows well! Make sure you 
can handle arrow changes with pressure changes and be prepared for a long ride! Even though this song is long, the manager anger life bar type thingie is 
pretty long aswell, giving you plenty of room for mistakes!

Stage 9 (Special thanks to bokokun from the message board for helping me out with this one!)

Title: Alien Abduction

Song: L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2 from Farandole, Georges Bizet

Time: 4/4

Story: Oh no! The evil Ikasumi Aliens have kidnapped Antonio's camera men! It seems Antonio will have to rescue them with his trustee laser gun! Press the 
same baton buttons as indicated and save up enough energy to destroy the Ikasumi space ship!

Tips: Well, I was stuck on this one for a while (as you may be able to infer) until it was pointed out to me that you actually have to destroy the Alien ship (in other 
words, take note of the star)!!! The gameplay is similar to the last UFO one (stage 5)and if you're having trouble with the baton buttons make sure to look two 
beats ahead all the time. As for the end, when the star appears on the beat, make sure you HOLD the baton button (Any, I think) and wait until it is charged at 
the highest colour in the bar that will appear (I think it's yellow) then hit the next beat and FIRE!!! Don't hold the charge for too long or else you'll run out of time! 
Other than that last part, the level is about as hard as the last one.  

Stage 10

Title: The Mysterious Dungeon

Song: In the Hall of the Mountain King from Pier Gynt Suite, Edvard Grieg 
Time: 4/4

Stroy: The castles old dungeon is filled with treasures and Adonis wants some! Play him through the dungeon but don't hit a bad note or else some ghosts will 
appear and scare him! Once his heart rate gets to high it'll be game over! Play well enough and some of his cute friends will appear to help him!

Tips: This one really all depends on skill. You'll need tempo and pressure, and you'll need to make a minimal amount of mistakes. His heart rate WILL go down if 
you play well after a scare, but make sure you don't screw up on the last part or it's game over! I didn't have too much problems with this one, except for a few 
quick tempo/pressure changes near the end, and I messed up on the last part (Don't let yourself get rushed just beacuse you see the final beat!!!!!)

5. Concert Mode Details

In Concert Mode (Story/Memory), you can get three extra songs, each for every time you beat it. They are (in order):

I. William Tell Overture, Gioachino Rossini
II. Rackozki March, Hector Berlioz
III. 1st Movement-5th symphony, Ludwig Van Beethoven

Plus you get an encore song: 

Radestky March, Johann Strauss I

i. Concert Play

After you have beaten the game, you will notice a new section in Free Play called Concert Play. Depending on how many songs you have unlocked, a number of 
"programmes" with 4 songs each will be unlocked for you to play in concert style. If you have unlocked all 34 songs then you will have 15 concert programmes to 
beat. If you manage to beat all of them, you get access to the Final Concert!

ii. Final Concert

The Final Concert puts the MAD in MAD MAESTRO! This concert has every single piece of music in the game! It gives them to you in random order and you keep 
going until you play one badly, afterwhich it tells you how many you played successfully. I haven't made it all the way through yet, and I'll add if anything special 
happens once I do! 

6. Complete Song List

1. Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D major, Johannes Brahms

2. Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G major, Johannes Brahms

3. Slavic Dance No 7, Antonin Dvorak,

4. Thunder and Lightning, Joahnnes Strauss II 

5. Finale from Carnival of the Animals, Camille Saint-Saens

6. The Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

7. Scene from Swan Lake, Piotr Tchaikovsky

8. Toreador song from Carmen, Georges Bizet

9. Baba Yaga's Hut from Pictures at an Exhibition, Modeste Mussorgsky

10. 9th Symphony-4th Movement, Ludwig Van Beethoven

11. Entry of the Gladiators, Julius Fucik

12. Marche Militaire, Franz Schubert

13. March from the Nutcracker, Piotr Tchaikovsky

14. Trepak from the Nutcracker,

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