A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Not cursing, but some sexually suggestive lyrics in a couple of the songs, with the most notable example being Maroon 5's This Love ("I was so high I did not recognize/The fire burning in her eyes" and "My pressure on her hips/Sinking my fingertips/Into every inch of you/Cause I know that's what you want me to do"). Other potentially inappropriate lines include "Why can't you be more European/Bastard child of guilt and shame" (from Bloc Party's Helicopter) and "And she's lovin' him with that body/You know, I feel so dirty" (from Rick Springfield's Jessie's Girl.
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The game features popular rock songs from the past 25 years.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is the first version of Guitar Hero that plays on the Nintendo DS. As in the other versions, there are lyrics in some of the 25 songs that might be considered offensive because they contain sexually suggestive lyrics.
Is It Any Good?
Some doubted how this popular franchise would translate to a handheld game, and the good news is that it works -- and well at that. Sure, you don't get the same sensation with a guitar-shaped controller over your shoulder, nor do you have a big-screen TV with the volume cranked up, but given the medium, developer Vicarious Visions did a bang-up job with this portable version. In fact, along with a "Quick Play" and lengthy "Career" option, Guitar Hero: On Tour also offers cooperative play using a local wireless network and a head-to-head battle mode called "Guitar Duel." As examples of the latter, players must blow into the microphone to extinguish a pyrotechnics effect gone wrong or use the touch-screen to autograph a crazed fan's shirt during the band's set.
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