Rating: ★★★★☆

Pros:

  • Fun and easy to get into
  • Polished presentation and gameplay
  • Decent sound

Cons:

  • Non-Working multiplayer
  • Battery killer
  • Landscape mode can hinder speaker port

When Apps first became available on the iPhone, Tap Tap Revenge was the first “touch” music game to hit the App Store.  Fast forward to now and we have the console heavy hitter Rock Band Reloaded in our grips.  Beautifully designed and dripping with lacquered polish is Rock Band Reloaded, a $7 dollar music game available now.  Besides a couple of minor gripes, this is a great buy for anyone looking to satisfy their hand-eye coordination itch over the holiday season.

Graphics And Presentation:

While there’s not a whole lot going on graphically, Rock Band Reloaded does its best to flavor up the screens with as much as they could given the nature of the game.  The set pieces are fun and keep the background moving but aren’t so busy that they distract you from the business at hand (hehe).  The menues are clean, clear and easy to navigate and all of the touch functions feel smooth and reactive.  Additionally, your touch stroke also feels really natural during play which is really imperative for this type of game.

Sound:

Despite the speaker port being partially obstructed by your right or left hand while playing RBR, the sound is still ever present and clear.  MTV Games and Harmonix did an excellent job picking out the tracks used in the game as most if not all of them have clear cut patterns for the user to latch on to. For example, I generally suck at these type of games, but found it easy to match the onscreen patterns with what was happening musically even on the medium setting. You’ll obviously have a better audio experience using a pair of headphones or earbuds, but it may stifle your playing style and subsequently your score.

Gameplay and Multiplayer:

As mentioned earlier, the touch response during gameplay is excellent and really sells the Rock Band experience on the iPhone.  Whereas Tap Tap Revenge and the first Rock Band was played vertically, RBR utilizes landscape mode and separates the buttons accordingly, therefore making the game extremely playable.  On a negative note my hand did get tired after a couple songs and RBR is a huge battery killer.  If you’re an achievement whore then RBR has you covered – there are various medals and pins being awarded for accomplishing feats and progressing through the world tour.  As far as multiplayer is concerned I can only give it a negative score due to the fact that I couldn’t connect to any gigs and I tried several times.

Replay Value:

With World Tour, Quick Play, and Multiplayer, RBR has packed a lot of value into a $7 game.  Most avid Rock Band players gauge their prowess by points and scores – there’s plenty of that to be had with the Reloaded version.  If you wanna prolong the journey past the included 20 songs, you can log onto the EA store and buy additional song packs.  This is clearly indicated by an alert next to the App icon addressing all the unbought packs.  I’m not sure if all of these tracks can be implemented into World Tour or not so make sure you double check before you buy.

Final Endings:

If you have a fervent penchant for all things Rock Band and have an iPhone, I highly suggest picking up Rock Band Reloaded this holiday season for killing time spent traveling or by the fire with your family.  It addresses the majority of qualms found in the first iteration and is a great overall package in terms of gameplay and presentation.  Chop off a couple points for a non-working multiplayer and short song list and you have yourself a very quality music game that should easily garner $7 from your credit card.










Jeff B