Parents' Guide to

Queen Rock Tour

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Music game really rocks, but hard to play with small hands.

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While it may take some adjusting in your play style to really appreciate, this music game rocks as hard as the band that inspired it. In Queen Rock Tour, you have to tap or hold the screen in time with the circular notes that are moving down the screen in time with the music. Or, to put it another way, it's Guitar Hero and Rock Band, but on your phone or tablet... and if all the music was by Queen... and they looked like adorable Playmobil figures.

In theory, this sounds like a rockin' good time. And it is... usually. Especially since this takes advantage of your device's touch screen by having you swipe left or right, sometimes while holding down a button. But it hits a sour note if you play on a regular sized tablet and have small hands, which makes it hard to hit the inside lanes if you're holding your tablet by the edges. Thankfully, you can avoid this problem by resting your device on your lap and tapping it like guitarist Brian May tapping the fretboard. It's also annoying that the free version only has 2 songs, and the full game -- which, admittedly, only costs $2.99 -- only adds 17 more. There's more songs on the band's two Greatest Hits collections. Still, with fun mechanics, great songs, and some funny visuals you just know singer Freddie Mercury would've loved, Queen Rock Tour is a stone cold crazy good time.

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