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Tails and the Music Maker is a music game was released in North America in September 1994, on the Sega Pico system for children's education. It was later published in Japan by Imagineer on 5 December 1995. The main character is Miles "Tails" Prower, who uses this game to teach children about music. The object of the game is to learn scales, tempo, rhythm and about instruments, and then match the music to the instruments. The player may also create their own music.


First Page

The PICO logo with Tails

The first page of Tails and the Music Maker shows Tails in Green Hill Zone where Sonic's adventure starts in Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis and Master System. Tails is accompanied by a turtle and a frog. Clicking on the musical note causes the game to segue to a mini-game in which Tails runs through three stages. Clicking on the coconuts in the background will make them drop, and the turtle will walk to the corresponding palm tree. Clicking on the frog will segue to a musical chairs-styled minigame where Tails competes with six other frogs and must not be the one standing on the orange lily pad when the music stops.

Second Page

The second page features Tails standing on checkerboard platforms. Dr. Robotnik is seen in the background riding his Egg Mobile. Musical notes are seen falling from the sky.

There are two mini-games that the player can access here. Clicking on the small yellow circle will activate a mini-game where the player must draw circles around musical notes that bounce down the scale until all eight notes have been filled. The machine on top of the hills will take the player to a pinball-like mini-game where they must touch the bell at the top of the table to score points.

Third Page

The third page features Tails standing in front of a wall with a measure of notes in front of him. In the background are two mounds with four yellow statues that turn purple when touched. A barrel can be picked up and rolled to play "On Top of Old Smokey".

The player can click on top of the wall to activate a Breakout-styled mini-game.

Fourth Page

Fifth Page

Sixth Page


  • Despite the fact that the stripe on Tails' shoes is colored red on the box art and title screen, it is miscolored purple on all of his in-game sprites.
  • A few unused graphics are found in the game's data:
Sprite Name
TailsMusicMaker TailsPosing.png
Unused Tails sprite
TailsMusicMaker TailsWaving.gif
Unused Tails sprite
TailsMusicMaker UnusedFont.png
Unused font



See also

External links

Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off games