Parents' Guide to

Jam Sessions

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Your DS becomes a guitar, but without music games.

Game Nintendo DS 2007
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It's quite amazing how realistically Jam Sessions captures the mechanics of guitar playing. For example, longer stylus strokes create louder chords. Up- and down strokes sound different as they do in real life, and you can even do muted string effects (to re-create the cool wocka-wocka sounds in "Wild Thing," for example).

Jam Sessions would be more accessible if it had some sort of game mode. As it stands, it remains a rather idiosyncratic piece of software. It's also a shame that you can't record vocals via the DS microphone along with your guitar playing. However, Jam Sessions is still a useful tool for budding composers and serves as a great stepping stone towards learning to play a real guitar.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: September 13, 2007
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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