LEGO Rock Band

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
LEGO Rock Band Game Poster Image
Simplified, no-fail Rock Band with a whimsical story.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

The main message is that playing music together can be riotous fun. But, the game also shows a little of the mischief that some rockers have been known to get into, including trashing their hotel rooms.

Positive role models & representations

While meant to be taken as fun or humorous, Lego characters are shown misbehaving as in belching loudly, and trashing a hotel room.

Ease of play

Delightfully easy to play. With five levels of difficulty, there is a level just right for everyone from kids and adults who have never played to Rock Band enthusiasts.

Violence & scariness

In one fantasy venue depicting a medieval castle, the Lego characters are seen duking it out with toy swords, arrows, catapults and the like. In another cutscene, a Lego rock band is seen trashing their hotel room. In another, a Lego dinosaur runs over a outhouse, causing it to break apart revealing one lone character still sitting on the toilet. A few songs make reference to violence like "My ex will start a fight."

Language

One song lyric using the word "Hell."

Consumerism

The game can be looked at as a marketing tool to further the LEGO toy brand. LEGO trivia scrolls across the screen as you wait for your new gig to load.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LEGO Rock Band is a music simulation game that is purposely made easier to play than traditional Rock Band games. It features a Super Easy mode that allows newbies and kids to play. It couples the playing of music with a silly LEGO-themed story about a band traveling the universe using the power of rock to do fantastical things. With tongue-in-cheek humor, the LEGO characters can misbehave: trash a hotel room, belch, and destroy an outhouse while someone is in it. A few song lyrics refer to violent situations and allude to drugs, but it is all pretty mild.

User Reviews

Parent Written byReedRichards4 March 13, 2010

Lego + Rock Band = A Perfect Kid's Match

The lovable Lego franchise meets the Rock Band interface in a game the kids love but I find a bit blah in terms of song choice. Humor abounds but I wish there w... Continue reading
Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written bypalace dad February 6, 2010

Whole Family Fun

This is a great game! As others have said, it is easy for 5 year old to play and challenging for my 9 year old (and me!). We all really enjoy it, and it certain... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 19, 2010

Rock On!

This was my first rock band game. Its easy to play, fun, and has lego characters! Sure there are a few times the h-word is said in a few songs (You give love a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySethlapod February 6, 2010

Better than I thought it would be!

I was pretty skeptical about this game when I saw the commerical on TV. But now I have it and love it! The game is pretty easy to play, but the guitar and bass... Continue reading

What's it about?

LEGO ROCK BAND combines the popular play mechanics of the Rock Band series of music simulation games with the charming tongue-in-cheek story-telling found in the LEGO series of adventure games (LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Batman, and LEGO Indiana Jones). It also makes the playing of music easier by providing a "Super Easy" mode where all you have to do is strum the guitar controller, hit any drum, or sing in time to the music. In the story mode, which can be explored alone or with up to 3 friends playing different instruments, you form a band of LEGO characters and play gigs to earn LEGO studs. You start locally, but as you earn more studs, you can purchase crazy LEGO vehicles to take you across the universe to perform in bigger and wilder venues including a spooky mansion or even on the moon. The music is varied from classics like Rascal Flats "Life is a Highway" to crowd-pleasers that include Queen's "We Are the Champions" to Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters."

Is it any good?

This version of Rock Band is perfect for families who are new to music gaming. It has excellent tutorials that explain how to use the different instrument controllers. It creates a no-fail environment because whenever you are doing poorly, the game provides you with a recovery mode so that you are never booed off the stage. With five levels of difficulty, the game can be enjoyed by newbies and seasoned players alike.

For kids, not only can you select the "Super Easy" mode, but you can also choose to play shorter versions of some of the songs. On drums, the kick drum can be set to play automatically. And since the music videos are performed by LEGO characters (LEGO David Bowie is a hoot), there is never any questionable music video content. Plus the story is so much fun as you harness the power of rock to vanquish a giant octopus, chase away ghosts, and even demolish a skyscraper.

Online interaction: You can download more family-friendly songs from the LEGO Rock Band store if playing on the Xbox 360 or the PS3. It is also possible to export the LEGO Rock Band songs to other Rock Band games.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the humor presented in the game. What makes the LEGO characters so amusing?

  • This game is purposely easy to play and creates a no-fail environment. Do you like games like this one, or do you crave the competition?

  • How important is it to you to like the song you are playing? Is it all about the difficulty of the game play or do you play better if it is a song you like?

Game details

For kids who love music games

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