Parents' Guide to

PopStar Guitar

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Weak addition to the library of music-based games.

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PopStar Guitar is a decent rhythm-based music game, but it's played without instrument controllers. Without an instrument controller, you feel as though you're playing air guitar, which can be fun, but is very geeky nonetheless. Your fingers may get stiff after a while because the buttons are so close together, so you might want to limit playing to half hour intervals. Since the gameplay isn't new and there's no online capability, you'll want to check out the songs to see if they're by artists you will enjoy.

Remember that after the 14 original songs, you have 16 covers by uncredited bands doing their renditions of Avril, Good Charlotte, Kelly Clarkson, etc. Then you have 29 songs by generally unknown indie bands, the best of which is all-female Led Zeppelin cover band, Lez Zeppelin. But do you really want to spend $60 for a game that includes only 10 original artists you know doing 14 original songs?

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii , PlayStation 2
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Release date: November 18, 2008
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: T for Lyrics
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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