Rock Band, the granddaddy of all band games (I'm assuming that Guitar Hero is the graddaddy of only the guitar games) is finally coming to your iDevice. After seeing Tap Tap Revolution and multiple other apps not only appear, but do well in the app store, it was only a matter of time before EA jumped into the fray. My only concern was whether or not EA's game would add to the genre, or just use the name to push to the top of the pile. After seeing some of the early screenshots, it looks quite amazing.
There are three things that stand out to me about the new iPhone version of Rock Band. First off, my favorite addition to the game is the ability to play all of the instruments that are available on the console version. Guitar, bass, and drums will all turn out to use the same standard tapping that all the other tap games use, but Rock Band is also including the vocal portion. I'm not quite sure how I feel about singing into my iPhone, but I'm sure it'll be a blast.
My second favorite addition to the game is the live bluetooth multiplayer. I can just imagine being back in high school, riding the bus, playing Rock Band over bluetooth. I was of the generation that was plenty happy to play Tetris against each other on our TI-83's, so this, to me is quite exciting.
On top of some of the features, the overall polish and depth of the game seems to be a bit better than most of the others in the genre. The graphics look quite amazing, the song list is superb (and can be added to through the in-game music store), and the sound is sure to be killer. Word is that Rock Band has already been submitted to the app store, and if all goes well, should be out sometime real soon.
Check after the break for the whole song list along with more screen shots.
20 Legendary Rock Songs (Core Game)
Attack-30 Seconds To Mars
Girls Not Grey – AFI
Move Along - All American Rejects
Sabotage - Beastie Boys
All The Small Things - Blink-182
Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie
Learn To Fly - Foo Fighters
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Bad to The Bone - George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Hymn 43 - Jethro Tull
Bad Reputation - Joan Jett
Simple Man - Lynard Skynard
Ace of Spades '08 – Motorhead
Debaser - Pixies
Ladybug - Presidents of The United States of America
Give It All - Rise Against
Lazy Eye - Silversun Pick Ups
Cherub Rock - Smashing Pumpkins