Guitar Hero

Common Sense Media says

Great music gaming with six songs; adding songs costs you.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

As it should be, the easy level is pretty easy and the expert level is pretty difficult.

Not applicable

There is some mild innuendo in the lyrics of some of the included songs. Also, female guitarists can wear revealing clothing, like short shorts or bikini tops.


There may be some mild language in the lyrics of the included songs. The possibility for more exists in downloadable song packs that can be bought separately.


The game only comes with six songs. Additional three-song packs are another $1.99 each, and new ones will be added to the Guitar Hero store frequently. The app also offers to search your iPod music library so that it can notify you when songs you like are available for the app (you can choose not to do this).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are brief references to cigarettes and "cold ones" in the lyrics of some of the included songs.

Privacy & safety

The option exists to connect the app to your Facebook account, so that you can post your guitarist's picture or your high scores. To do this, you need to provide the app with your Facebook email and password.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, as with most music games, this mobile version of Guitar Hero is only as appropriate as the lyrics of the songs it includes. The six included songs here are not too bad in that respect. Except for some minor alcohol and cigarette references and some mild innuendo, there's not much objectionable in terms of lyrical content. Parens should also know, though, that player avatars can show some skin in their choices of wardrobe. Parents also need to know that there's a very easy music store interface for purchasing new song packs at $1.99 each.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?


The mobile version of GUITAR HERO is a very nice adaptation of the hit console game. It's got really great graphics and a nice, smooth player interface that makes it easy to learn, but takes time to gain some expertise. It's a very different type of interface, so people who found the console game difficult may find the mobile version simple (or vice versa). The base game only comes with six songs, though, which you can grow tired of pretty quickly. A series of challenges gives added incentive for replaying those same six tracks over and over, but eventually, you'll want more songs. And more songs means spending more money. The rapidly growing music store selection is only a click away to tempt you into buy $1.99 song packs.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:June 7, 2010
Category:Music Games
Publisher:Activision Publishing, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iPhone OS 3.0 or later

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Teen, 14 years old Written byFlaming Pencil May 7, 2012

Above-adverage rythym gaming for the iOS platform

This is one of the better iOS music games. It is only let down by only six base songs (at least nine would be nice), but has an astounding collection of DLC! I decided to buy some Soundgarden DLC after 3 hours spent on the six included songs. You will be amazed at the gameplay, but do not expect vocals or drums! Guitar and bass only! The nine songs I have (counting the DLC) have lasted me a long time thanks to the challenges included on the game. If you want more instruments, consider Rock Band: Reloaded.
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 August 30, 2012

guitar hero

store selection is only a click away to tempt you into buy $1.99 song packs.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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