Mini-Review: Guitar Hero and Rock Band (iOS)

We now have multiple Music Games on the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. But do the 2 console Music Game giants make a great transition to the iOS software? The answer? Well I’ll let you decide yourself by comparing features they both have.

First up is Music. Both Guitar Hero and Rock Band on for iOS have real music that everyone knows. Both genres are generally from the Rock genre. A major difference between them however is the quantity of the songs. Rock Band gives you 20 songs straight away but Guitar Hero only gives you 6. Although this is balanced by the softwares price in the App Store, Rock Band will cost you £3.99 in the UK App store. It also has its own free version for you to trial with. Guitar Hero will cost you £1.79. Sorry though, our good, money grabbing, friends at Activision don’t want to let you trial this before you buy.So the amount of music you get for your money is probably more wisely spent on Rock Band here.

Hang on though, just like the console versions, the iOS versions of Rock Band and Guitar Hero have DLC, does this make up for the poor Price to content ratio of Guitar Hero? Put shortly, no. Guitar Hero’s 3 Song track Packs will set you back £1.19, in comparison Rock Band’s 2 song track packs will only cost you 59p, also some of them are free aswell. So money wise Rock Band is probably the better to get.

Music choice isn’t everything though, we need to know how it plays too. Both play quite reasonably. Each has a stream of 4 notes on it which you tap as you would expect with a Guitar Hero/Rock Band game. And each has their own equivalent of star power. Guitar Hero does introduce a twist though for their own iOS port. Special notes in which you have to slide across the screen rather than just tap. Which adds a bit more depth to the game. So, gameplay wise, Guitar Hero wins.

Personally, the better iOS music game of these is Rock Band. It may be a steeper price, but it’s better value for money. Getting over 3 times as many songs as Guitar Hero for only slightly more than 2 times the price. However, if you are fine with just 6 songs, paying more for new content and want the different gameplay tweaks the Guitar Hero iOS game can offer, go ahead and buy it. Both are really good games and it’s worth you buying at least one of them.


About Nick Duggan
I'm 19 an I study Computer Games Design at Staffordshire University. I'm a video gamer and also a Yu-Gi-Oh! collector/player. Twitter: @30DiedOnMars

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