Guitar Hero on Tour: Decades

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Sequel delivers similar fun for rockers on the go.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The bands feature both male and female musicians.


Some mildly sexual lyrics. Examples include Fall Out Boy's "The Take Over, The Breaks Over": "We do it in the dark with smiles on our faces," while Alien Ant Farm's "Smooth Criminal" contains such lines as: "He Came Into Your Apartment/He Left The Bloodstains On The Carpet/Then You Ran Into The Bedroom/You Were Struck Down/It Was Your Doom."


The odd cuss word can be heard in the song lyrics including "damn" and "ass." For example, mild lyrics include Sammy Hagar's "I Can't Drive 55": "I'm gonna throw your ass in the city joint."


The screen is too small to see recognizable brands, but musical instrument manufacturers are branded in the game.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents needs to know that this is a music game that plays on the Nintendo DS. It is rated E+10 because some song lyrics contain references to sex and violence.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycrackerjack5 August 18, 2009

Typical "Guitar Hero" fare

A lot of fun. Most of the songs are really good - it even includes Weezer's "Buddy Holly"!!!
Adult Written byashcatash5 February 7, 2009

Very Fun

It's not for little kids, but for older kids and up, this is a great game! The songs are good, for the most part, and it is very challenging. The control... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 30, 2009

Good at first

The game is fun at first then gets slow
Kid, 11 years old June 25, 2009

good music game

this is great for road trips and stuff like that

What's it about?

Gamers whose thumbs aren't throbbing yet from all the music video games these days might want to wrap their hands around GUITAR HERO ON TOUR: DECADES. It's the second Guitar Hero game on the Nintendo DS title that ships with a "Guitar Grip" peripheral, which snaps inside the Game Boy Advance slot underneath the portable game system; players then hold the game system like a guitar and strum along using a guitar pick-stylus hybrid (also included) on the bottom touch-screen. If you already have the Guitar Grip from the first Guitar Hero: On Tour game then you can pick up the less expensive game-only option.

Just like the game's predecessor, players assume the role of an up-and-coming rock band and must work their way up from playing grungy clubs to packed arenas. While listening to the 28 songs, you watch notes sail down the neck of a guitar and then press the corresponding color at the right time, while also strumming.

Is it any good?

This sequel offers the same concept but includes all new songs, divided into "decades," as the name suggests: the '70s (e.g. Edgar Winter Group's "Free Ride"), the '80s (Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name"), the '90s (Blind Melon's "No Rain" and today's hits (Fall Out Boy's "The Take Over, The Breaks Over"). But the game also adds a couple of new features such as the ability to stream songs with the original Guitar Hero: On Tour and playing through one of three different solo career paths, each with their own story: Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Guitar Duel.

These new additions are welcomed, especially the former, as it essentially doubles the number of songs in the game so long as you have a friend nearby with the original Guitar Hero: On Tour. If you liked the original and didn't have a hard time pressing the relatively small buttons on the Guitar Grip accessory, then this sequel will deliver more fun for rockers on the go. It does feel like more of an add-on than a completely new game (available less than six months after the original!), but it still proves to be a good time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about if music games work on a portable system such as the Nintendo DS, with snap-in accessories, or is it like trying to shove a square peg into a round hole? Are companies jumping onboard the music bandwagon too heavily without thinking of the medium they're being played on? Or on the flipside, does a Nintendo DS "Guitar Hero" make perfect sense for mobile gamers?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $34.99, or $49.99 with accessory
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Activision
  • Release date: November 21, 2008
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Lyrics
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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