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Groove Coaster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on July 29th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TOTALLY RAD
Groove Coaster may follow a formula of progression similar to Space Invaders-Infinity Gene, but it's a completely different beast. This time, it's all about the music.
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Rock Band Reloaded Now Available

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on December 2nd, 2010

Rhythm gamers who hate leaving their plastic instruments behind when they leave the house will be pleased to hear that Rock Band Reloaded is now available on the App Store. The game features 29 new songs from the likes of Billy Idol, Nirvana and the Steve Miller band, as well as several new gameplay features and enhancements. It would seem the time has come to once again take the rock on the road.

Of the new features the one with the most potential (and the most potential embarrassment) is vocal recognition which will let you sing along with the songs. Much like its console brethren, Reloaded will score your performance based on how closely your pitch matches that of the song. Don't worry if you don't know the words, the game only cares that you're hitting the right notes, not saying the right thing. Other new features include a landscape mode so you can play the game horizontally and a new Expert difficulty setting.

While we're happy to see a new Rock Band on iOS we can't help but feel a little underwhelmed by the set list. Even though Reloaded packs more songs than last year's edition and a bunch more than Guitar Hero, most of them are retreads and rehashes from the console versions. Yes, we still love Hungry Like the Wolf, but after playing it six dozen times in Rock Band 2 we're not particularly thrilled to see it yet again. Also, while the inclusion of vocals is cool, how functional is it going to be on a mobile version of the game? The only place where you can really let lose and sing along is at home, and if you're in your living room why not fire up one of the console versions of Rock Band instead? But hey, if rhythm games are your thing then don't let us talk you out of it. Rock Band is still a ton of fun, so by all means stick it on your iOS device and enjoy.

[via SlidetoPlay]

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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