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Battle of the Bands

By Brett Molina, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Clever rhythm game with some iffy lyrics.

Game Nintendo Wii 2008
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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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: April 22, 2008
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Lyrics
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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