Rock Band

App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Pricey but clean Guitar Hero-like app is best of its class.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Joining the Band is easy. Just pick a song, an instrument, a difficulty level, and start tapping. Songs ramp up nicely, building skill and confidence. You'll know you've missed a note by onscreen meters and clever audio cues such as the drum stick hitting the rim with a metallic clang.

Violence
Sex

Some innuendo in old rock faves but nothing that would be considered obscene.

Language

Some classic rock contains profanity but not on the level of most rap.

Consumerism

Players can download additional songs for 99 cents a pop.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this rhythm game lets kids "play" in a virtual rock band a la Guitar Hero by tapping on the screen as notes pass over a target. Kids can try out their licks on guitar, bass, drums, or vocals. The songs, classic rock mixed in with some newer stuff, have pretty tame lyrics. The option to play alone or jam with friends over Wi-fi or Facebook means kids aren't overly exposed to online strangers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWarri August 8, 2010

Good music game for 9+

There is mild language but doesn't go over the profanity limit
Teen, 13 years old Written byWriterGirl1233 May 21, 2011

Good for pre-teens

Its ok not really the best app the facebook thing would make younger kids want to make a facebook maybe.
Kid, 10 years old May 22, 2010

Not enough music.

Really fun game, songs are OK the graphics are really good for the IPod. The downloadable songs should be free like Tap Tap games.

Is it any good?

Ah, the life of a rock star. Screaming fans, light shows, and then there's the music. All that's missing from Rock Band are drugs and groupies, making this an excellent game for kids. It comes with a nice starting selection of 15 songs featuring mainstays such as Joan Jett and George Thorogood mixed in with more recent groups such as No Doubt. The graphics are rocking as well, with a lush, swirly 80s-poster vibe and a tap area fringed by smoky crowd scenes and band member closeups.

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