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Lego Rock Band for Wii

Submitted by on January 16, 2010 – 3:27 pmNo Comment

LegoRockBand“If like me, you love playing these sorts of games with your kids, but would rather eat your own eyeballs than sing along to High School Musical, then Lego Rock Band for Wii is perfect.”

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Price £27.99

*****

Initial Thoughts: What’s not to love about Lego Rock Band? We pulled this out at one of our family dinners over Christmas and my niece and nephew were really excited. As was my 41-year-old brother, funnily enough. It’s worth noting that you need a Wii instrument of some kind to play this game – either a guitar, microphone or drum-set. We tried it with a microphone and guitar.

I’d say this is a kids’ game that designed with your average 30-something parent in mind. There are contemporary bands represented – Razorlight, Foo Fighters, Vampire Weekend, Lostprophets and the like, along with some vintage Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty and Bon Jovi.

We liked: The game can be played in free-play or story mode, where you assume the role of a struggling band, playing small gigs and going on tour. Both modes are fun – free play is great for parties or younger kids who might otherwise lose interest. But story play is great for older children – my niece particularly loved being able to create her own band, and customise everything from the band’s name and hang-out to their hair, clothes and shoes.

This is also a game younger children can join in with pretty easily – points are scored depending on how closely you can play along with the chosen song, and in ‘super easy’ mode, you basically get quite a lot of points just for making a noise that’s within an octave of the right note. But there are more challenging modes for people like my older brother, who (it turns out) does know all the words to You Give Love a Bad Name.

We weren’t keen: I thought this was lots of fun and a great game for parties, but good value because there’s enough to the story mode to keep a single player engaged over time. I’ve got to say the graphics during the performance were a bit blah – it’s a Lego figure so it’s necessarily a bit simple and block-like, but I did think it might have been a teeny bit more exciting.

Overall: If like me, you love playing these sorts of games with your kids, but would rather eat your own eyeballs than sing along to High School Musical, then Lego Rock Band for Wii is perfect. It couldn’t be any cooler – Iggy Pop does the game voiceovers! You can introduce your kids to Bowie, if you haven’t got around to it yet. I think overall Lego Rock Band is one of the better music games for the Wii, since it entertains kids and won’t offend the adults’ music sensibilities.

[Sally, Who’s the Mummy]

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