Battle of the Bands



Clever rhythm game with some iffy lyrics.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Cartoonish violence represented through "attacks" at rivals using an array of strikes, including lightning bolts, missiles, and fireballs.

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Most of the songs can be found on the radio. Occasionally, you may hear subtle references to sex, drugs, and alcohol.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Subtle drug and alcohol references appear in some of the songs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a simple yet satisfying music rhythm game. The licensed songs are ones you might find on radio, so prepare to hear mild lyrics and the occassional subtle drug or alcohol reference. Expect some cartoonish violence as well, with the presence of band "attacks" like lightning strikes.

What's it about?

Hoping to strike the same success as Guitar Hero and Rock Band, THQ unveils BATTLE OF THE BANDS, a clever rhythm game best enjoyed in brief sessions. Players choose between 11 bands representing five styles of music: Rock, Hip-Hop, Country, Marching Band, and Ranchero.

Is it any good?


Instead of relying on instruments, Battle of the Bands requires you to time flourishes of the Nintendo Wii's remote with notes traveling down a vertical track. For example, you'll flick left for notes on the left, and tap down for notes in the middle. The goal is to outscore your opponent. An intriguing twist is the ability to launch attacks at opposing bands. When you play a set of notes consecutively, an attack will travel down the track. Time the note properly and you'll fire lightning bolts, fire, and other attacks. You can also block oncoming attacks, preventing your opponent from scoring major points.

As you duel, portions of each song flip between genres. Don't be surprised to hear the marching band and country group perform alternate interpretations of a hip-hop song. Players can choose between a Versus Mode or an Adventure Mode (a short and simple single-player effort.) While the tunes are varied, the visuals are incredibly bland. There's little color, and attacks are often performed with small explosions and little fanfare. Also, because most songs only require the same three or four movements throughout, the action can grow repetitive, unless you're playing in short chunks.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the rise in popularity of rhythm games. What makes games like this or Rock Band, for example, so engrossing?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Release date:April 22, 2008
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:T for Alcohol Reference, Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Lyrics

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Kid, 10 years old April 21, 2010

Not like Guitar Hero

OK game. Most people will mistake it for some type of Guitar Hero so they need to be careful when choosing to play the game. The game does eventually get boring and the controls are a little too easy it is also very short.
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byJ.C. February 20, 2009

i barly played it but its fun!

the game has my dads favorite song. Insane in the brain. when i get home im going to play it for hours.


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