The Beatles: Rock Band




Amazing band simulator features the biggest group. Ever.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The Beatles lyrics contain some positive messages, such as those found in "A Little Help From My Friends" and "Love Me Do," but most tell stories.

Positive role models

The Beatles are fairly good role models; but their drug experimentation in the '60s is widely known. The game does show some "trippy" imagery in the background, though. John Lennon also once famously quipped the band was "bigger than Jesus."



Ease of play

The game has many difficulty levels, tutorials and a "no fail" mode so it is accessible for both newbies and seasoned players.

Not applicable

There are no overtly sexual lyrics in this game, though some might be considered suggestive innuendoes, such as "Come Together."


Some of the songs have some suggestive lyrics, such as in "I Am the Walrus" ("Boy you've been a naughty girl and let your knickers down") and supposed LSD drug references and imagery in "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds."


There are images of musical instrument brands, such as Ludwig and Gretsch. The game features music from The Beatles, which might be considered a marketing initiative to buy the band's newly remastered CDs which are releasing at the same time as the video game.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The song "Get Back" makes reference to "California grass"; "Come Together" mentions a "choking smoker"; and "A Day in the Life," a downloadable track, talks about having a "smoke."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this historic game is a fairly clean music-based video game that only received its "Teen" rating because of some mildly suggestive lyrics (occasional smoking and sex references). In "A Day in the Life," the song includes the line "He blew his mind out in a car."

What kids can learn



  • music
  • rhythm
  • singing



  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support


Kids interested in music -- and especially those with a fondness for The Beatles' instantly recognizable classics -- are likely to find this polished and accessible music game irresistible.

Learning Approach

Kids will better their rhythm skills through repetition and practice, learning ever more complex note patterns. They'll be empowered, feeling like they're actually in a band with their friends.


The game provides plenty of instructions for each instrument type in its tutorial mode. The experience can be expanded further via other Rock Band games.

What kids can learn



  • music
  • rhythm
  • singing



  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Kids can learn about music, rhythm, cooperation, and the history of the most famous rock band of all time in this enticing rock and roll simulator. Alone or with friends as a band, players press notes on plastic guitars and drums in time with onscreen cues, giving them a sense of the precise timing and skill required to play real music. They're also provided trivia and historical snippets that paint a picture of The Beatles' career. It may not teach players how to play real instruments, but The Beatles Rock Band is still a great way to foster kids' interest in music.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

What's it about?

"Do you want to know a secret?" Fans of the Fab Four can now try their hand (or voice) as one of the legendary rockers in THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND, an extraordinarily fun music game. This ambitious interactive band simulator takes you through a magical mystery tour of 45 remastered tracks that span The Beatles' legendary career -- from their early performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool ("Saw Her Standing There," "Twist and Shout") all the way through to their final show on the rooftop of Apple Corps headquarters in London ("Don't Let Me Down," "Get Back"). If you've ever played a song in Rock Band or Guitar Hero, you'll be familiar with how to advance through this new game. Depending on which instrument you're using -- the game ships with a guitar-shaped controller, as a complete "band in a box" or by itself if you already own an instrument peripheral -- you must strum, drum, or sing along with familiar songs and follow the onscreen prompts to hit the correct note or drum at the right time (for singers, it's karaoke-style lyrics that float across the top of the screen).

Is it any good?


This game is extraordinarily fun. Fans of the band to get the most out of it. Not only does this game include dozens of familiar songs, amazing locations, behind--the-scenes photos and videos of the band to unlock, but there are many multiplayer options, downloadable singles and complete albums, and, for the first time in the series, singers can harmonize and be rewarded for it (depending on the song, two or three singers, all on one microphone or separately, can try to hit harmonies to earn "double fab" or "triple fab" bonus points). Aside from a couple of song omissions, there's not much to complain about with The Beatles: Rock Band -- and you'll no doubt find yourself wanting to play this game "eight days a week."

This is a fabulous game for kids and parents to play together. Parents grew up with the music, and kids grew up playing Rock Band.

Online interaction: Players can jam together in different cities, regardless of which instrument they're playing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this game is ideal for young gamers or their parents? Who likes it more -- parents who grew up with the music, or kids who grew up with Rock Band?

  • Did this game give you a good sense of what made The Beatles such a popular group? Can you think of other situations where popular media has crossed over into other mediums?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Available online
Developer:MTV Games
Release date:September 9, 2009
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:T for Mild Lyrics, Tobacco Reference

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 10 year old Written byBlueJade October 16, 2009

Fun for the whole family!

The Beatles Rock Band is the first guitar/rock game that our whole family is able to truly enjoy. While previous Rock Band/Guitar Hero games have a few tunes all of us know, this is the first one that we know most of the songs, especially the lyrics. Give it a try! It's very fun to have kids singing Beatles songs, like "All You Need is Love," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," and "Yellow Submarine." These are great sing-along songs. The entire package is superbly done, again better than previous type games. We listened to an interview with one of the creators who explained that all four Beatles families were very involved in the game's creation, and it shows. Lots of photos. Great montages. Good details about the Beatles. For some kids, it could be a good way to discuss the history of the times. Kids we've played with it are fascinated how the Beatles' music, lyrics and looks changed. Some of the tunes, including early ones, are not the easiest to play on drums or guitar. This may take some kids practice (or maybe they will just have to watch their parents practice.) That's different than previous type games which had only easy songs first. This game puts up songs by the date they were released. Even tho Ringo is often considered just an okay drummer, you'll be surprised how challenging the drum parts are. The game doesn't take too long to complete. But there are going to be more songs released and higher scores release more information and songs. The game is a little pricey, but fun. You can have up to three people singing leads on microphones, even more singing harmony, then the 2 guitars and drums. Now that's a lot of people getting together!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Parent of a 13 year old Written bychrrr October 11, 2009

perfect for 10+

What other families should know
Educational value
Kid, 12 years old October 11, 2009

A Great Wholesome Family Video Game! All Ages Admitted!

Get it for Xbox 360, Wii, PS2, or PS3.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models


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