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Activision Announces Guitar Hero Live and GHTV, and Both Are Coming to Mobile

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 14th, 2015

Activision Publishing has some rocking news forGuitar Hero fans:Guitar Hero Live and GHTV are coming, and theywill be available for tablets and mobile phones. Just like previous Guitar Hero games, in Guitar Hero Liveyou'll be able to experience the rush of playing on stage in front of millions of fans who react to your guitar playing skills.

GHTV will be aplayable live music video network where you'll be able to pick frommultiple channels and themed shows to find the latest songs to play with your friends. You can even challenge players from all over the world.

There is no official release date for the mobile versions, but if you can't wait to try Guitar Hero Live there's some good news: Best Buy is having events in select cities where you can demo the game. The tour stops are:

•April 14, 2015: Best Buy Theatre, New York City, 6pm - 9pm
•April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Union Square, New York City, 1pm - 5pm
•April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Torrance, CA, 1pm - 5pm

Santa Rockstar Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on December 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ROCK OUT
Santa Rockstar is a Guitar Hero-style game that’ll have gamers head banging to their favorite Christmas tunes.
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Beat Gather Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on November 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FUNKY NOTES
Slide your fingers to the rhythm of your favorite iTunes songs in this brand new and free iPhone game, but be wary of the in-app purchases that might ruin all the fun.
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DancePad Review

By Kevin Stout on July 9th, 2012
DancePad may be big rhythm game for a mobile platform.
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Learn about Real Guitar Heroes With Met Guitars

Posted by Chris Hall on February 28th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

It's probably safe to say that if I polled the readers of 148apps, there would be more owners of plastic guitars (Guitar Hero guitars) than real wooden ones, but that doesn't mean that we can't all pay homage to the craftsmanship that goes into guitar making. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is currently running a special exhibit (February 9 through July 4, 2011) that is celebrating the extreme guitar-making craftsmanship of Italian immigrants living in New York. Focusing on the work of John D'Angelico, James D'Aquisto, and John Monteleone, three of the most renowned lutheries in the world, Guitar Heroes takes you on a tour of amazing craftsmanship and wonderful performances.

In addition to the wonderful exhibit, the Met has released a solid iOS app that is meant to guide you on your tour, but doubles as a solid history lesson. The app takes you through the exhibit virtually, starting in Northern Italy, travelling with you from Naples to New York, and then highlighting the life and performances of the three aforementioned guitar heroes. The majority of the app comes in the form of full video of photo guided audio, but there is a bit to read for all you lovers of text. If you happen to be in the NY City area and are planning to visit the exhibit in person, there is also a keypad entry that will take you directly to information about what you are looking at. For the unorganized museum-goer, this feature is priceless.

Whether you have a guitar obsession or are just casually interested in the craftsmanship of a fine, hand made product, you should definitely pick up Met Guitars (it's free!). Maybe, just maybe, the works of John D'Angelico or James D'Aquisto will convince you to pick up a real guitar to replace your plastic Guitar Hero rock fantasy. If so, the world will be a better place.

Tap Tap Revenge 4 Now Available

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on December 20th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

The Tap Tap Revenge franchise is already a huge one and it just became even bigger. Developer Tapulous has just released Tap Tap Revenge 4, and the newest edition of the game bundles the franchise's huge back-catalog of songs together into one massive app. As if that weren't enough, the game comes pre-loaded with over 100 free songs to tap along to, featuring bands such as Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance. The crew behind the game has also been updating the store, adding tracks from artists such as Nelly, Katy Perry and more.

The app is also showcasing a slickly redesigned interface, optimized for the iPhone's new Retina Display. The game is also integrating Game Center, as well as a like button which will show you which tracks are most popular amongst you and your friends, as well as constantly updating leaderboards to show who's got the fastest fingers. This is easily the most comprehensive game in the series, and there's really no reason for franchise fans to skip out.

The genius of Tap Tap Revenge is the freemium model it follows, tempting users with free songs and then hooking them into buying premium tracks. The fact that Tapulous releases a new free song every week means that players are constantly checking back into the app, and while they're browsing they may just find a song or two they wouldn't mind paying to add to their collection. Granted, the music in the game tends to skew towards the Top 40 charts, but its hard to blame the developers for that, they're just giving the people what they want.

Though Rock Band and Guitar Hero may own the console scene, Tap Tap Revenge dominates iOS, and rightly so. The sheer volume of content available and free price tag is music to the ears of gamers, and this latest edition only serves to further cement Tap Tap's place at the top of the heap. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to tap some Katy Perry, take that sentence in whatever way you want.

[via PocketGamer]

Rock Band Reloaded Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Brad Hilderbrand on December 7th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CORPORATE ROCK
Rock Band Reloaded is like so many so-so musicians, great technical skills but where's the soul?
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Guitar Hero Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Carter Dotson on June 11th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: OUT OF TUNE
The popular rhythm game series finally arrives on the App Store, but its arrival is heralded by an ultimately disappointing product.
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Friday Five: June 11th, 2010

Posted by Bonnie Eisenman on June 11th, 2010

Aaaand...we're back! Phew. Is it Friday already? Well, here are our weekly five app selections, culled from recent App Store releases. We've got plenty of new stuff this week, from feed readers to music games, so let's get started!

Guitar Hero
Guitar Hero was demo'd at the WWDC keynote earlier this week, and made its official App Store debut shortly afterwards. Talk about big-name apps. The game costs $2.99 and comes with six songs, allowing you to unlock others via in-app purchase. (The included songs include hits like "We Are the Champions" by Queen and "Say It Ain't So" by Weezer.) It looks a lot like the Tap Tap Revenge and Rock Band games on the surface, but Guitar Hero introduces some new "swipe" and "strum" mechanics that add some new spice to the somewhat-stale tapping games. To put it succinctly, the game looks awesome—we'll have a full review up later, of course.

Camera+ comes from TapTapTap, makers of excellent, succinctly named apps like Convert and Voices. It includes tons of tools, ranging from digital zoom to an image stabilizer to a grid that helps you avoid crooked pictures. There are also plenty of scene modes (Beach, Night, Sunset, Backlit, etc) and filters (from a dirty Grunge effect to the more humorous So Emo). Toss in a digital flash effect, borders, and the ability to share photos across a variety of social networks, and Camera+ has just about every feature covered. The app itself is elegantly designed, and on the whole, Camera+ seems to be another worthy addition to the ranks of photo apps in the App Store.

HECTOR: Badge of Carnage
This is not your typical adventure game, folks. HECTOR proudly declares itself to be "half-decent," but don't let that fool you. This point-and-click adventure game stars Detective Inspector Hector and is cheekily irreverent. The dialogue is crude (not for the young'ins) and witty, and the game features genre mainstays like interactive locations and an expansive inventory. HECTOR certainly takes a different tack than most App Store games. Point-and-click fans should check it out.

Sudoku 2 Pro
Sudoku 2 Pro is (you guessed it!) the pro version of the popular Sudoku port. This version strips out the ads, tracks your "runs" (uninterrupted win streaks), auto-deletes solved notes, and allows you to hide the timer if you so wish...among other things, of course. Naturally, the features that make Sudoku 2 loved by so many App Store customers are still intact: ease-of-use, graphics, etc. If you're looking for a good Sudoku game and don't want your screen cluttered with ads, check out Sudoku 2 Pro.

Pulse News Reader
And finally, one for your iPad owners. Pulse News Reader was also demoed by Steve Jobs at the WWDC. Pulse is a clean and visual news reader for iPad. It imports up to 20 news sources and then creates an elegant mosaic of your news stories. Tapping on a block brings up the article in full. Just take a look at the picture...the app looks gorgeous, and even supports both landscape and portrait. Yum!


iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Bonnie Eisenman on August 1st, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GROOVY
BeatRider is a groovy rhythm game similar to Tap Tap Revenge, but with a killer feature: the ability to upload your own tracks. While the process is a minor headache, the actual game is top-notch.
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Guitar Rock Tour

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jeff Scott on November 10th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Best Guitar Hero type game for the iPhone!
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