October 19, 2009
Thanks to EA and Harmonix, you will no longer have to be sitting (or standing) in front of your TV at home to experience full rhythm game magic because Rock Band for the iPhone and iPod touch has landed in the App Store. Rock Band for the iPhone and iPod touch looks and feels like its console counterpart, except there aren't any plastic peripherals to plug in. The game allows you to play guitar, bass, drums, and even sing. But this isn't just your everyday iPhone rhythm game, Rock Band allows you to play all four of these instruments together with friends. Rock Band features 2-4 player local multiplayer via Bluetooth, which means that you can harmoniously play together to earn unison bonuses and activate overdrive to save a failing band member, just like in the console version of the game. Rock Band also allows you to challenge friends over Facebook if you can't get together in person, but the games aren't played in real-time. Rock Band features both single song game modes and a World Tour career mode. As with all rhythm games, Rock Band is all about the music selection. The game features tons of licensed music by bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Blink-182, and more. You can also download more songs via in-app purchases from bands like Devo, Social Distortion, and OK Go. They are priced at $.99 and are available in packs of two. The Bluetooth multiplayer portion of Rock Band is not available for the first generation iPhone and iPod touch. Rock Band also requires iPhone OS 3.0, and EA recommends that you have 3.1 or later for optimal performance. Rock Band is now available in the App Store for $9.99. UPDATE: EA is now offering two free songs for Rock Band. To download them, open Rock Band and then tap Music Store. The two free songs should be displayed near the top of the screen and are titled Science Genius Girl and Super-Sprode by Freezepop.