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‘Guitar Hero’ Coming to iPhone

There’s really no reason why Guitar Hero wouldn’t come out for the iPhone, as it has been available on almost every single handset known to man (well, the recent ones anyways).  I, for one, am a HUGE fan of the game ever since I purchased Guitar Hero III for the Xbox 360.

I literally played Guitar Hero III for hours on my console, playing so much that my eyes started to hurt.  Of course, others played so much that they somehow scored over a million points on expert on one of the hardest Guitar Hero songs of all time: Through the Fire and the Flames by Dragonforce.

According to Gamespot, Guitar Hero is just another one of their brands that they are planning to expand on the iPhone:

Elsewhere in the call, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said the publisher would be bringing Guitar Hero to the iPhone, as part of the company’s ongoing plan to “selectively expand brands” to Apple’s handheld.

We’ll have more news as they become available.

October 2009 Game of the Month: Hook Champ!

October marks the first time we’re stepping back from the hectic pace of the app store and reflecting on the best games that were released in this month.

The last month certainly had its fair share of great games mixed with big name titles.  We saw our time spent with the likes of Gameloft‘s remake of Earthworm Jim, the Tap Tap Revenge competitor Rock Band, and the graphically impressive 2XL ATV Offroad.  Despite the amount of fun we’ve had from these titles, we’ve decided to give the best iPhone game of October 2009 to Hook Champ.  Rocketcat Games has put together a product that many of us keep coming back to.  Here’s some of our thoughts on the game:

Matt: No other game released during October has seen me coming back quite as much as Hook Champ. The game nails that retro vibe and brings me back to my childhood on the NES, playing games like Bionic Commando and Indiana Jones. The game has humor, solid mechanics and a good difficulty curve. And it constantly rewards your efforts, allowing you to shop for upgrades and hats between stages. Hook Champ makes great use of the iPhone’s unique interface, and it’s just packed with charm. At the time I reviewed the game, I rated it a Buy; in retrospect, I should have rated it a Must-Have. More than being my pick for the month of October, there are some months that pass without a single release this good. Kudos for Hook Champ!

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Daniel: Hook Champ seriously took me by surprise. When I first saw the game, I thought it was another failed attempt at recreating retro on iPhone, and when my brother asked for the game, I simply replied, “no”.  This, of course, all changed when I finally got my hands on the retro wonder we know as Hook Champ, and with retro goodness like this, it’s no wonder it won our first ever Game of the Month award. If you haven’t tried it out yet, it’s definitely worth your $2.99.

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Nick: I couldn’t help but be drawn into the continual challenge in Hook Champ.  Before beginning a level, you’re presented with the record times from both the developers and from the global leaderboard.  This simple reminder of a challenge to keep improving my times was something that I really loved. Hook Champ is easy to start playing, but very difficult to master.  Nailing a perfect run through of a level without any mistakes was a rewarding and gratifying experience.

Honorable Mentions:

Ryan: While Hook Champ is fun to play, I find myself playing 2XL ATV Offroad much more.  I was pleasantly surprised that 2XL was able to even surpass their previous great game (2XL Supercross) in almost every way.  The graphics are top notch, the controls are responsive and accurate, the gameplay is fun, and the difficulty balancing seems to be spot on.  Of course racing games may not be for everyone, but if you like offroad racing games, do yourself a favor and pick up 2XL ATV Offroad!  It is a great game and one of the best released during October.  Another game worthy of mention is Rock Band.  It is my new favorite rhythm game on the app store.

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Chris: Since Lucas Arts has yet to release an Indiana Jones game for the iPhone, the next best thing is Hook Champ.  Filled with the retro campiness of the 8-bit era, this simple run-and-jump side-scroller should bring bring back memories of gaming days’ past.  Although the controls can be frustrating, the style and approach are respectable.  For me, this title rates slightly above average because of its time component and humorous upgrade system. Overall, it’s not a bad way to escape, but I’d hesitate in calling it the month’s best release.  That’s an honor I’d bestow on 33rd Division.

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November looks like it’s already shaping up to be an exciting month of game releases.  Be sure to check out Hook Champ if you haven’t already, and congratulations to Rocketcat Games for putting out such an impressive title.  There’s also a lite version if we still haven’t convinced you to get the game.

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Rock Band On Sale this Weekend Only

With Rock Band dominating the app store charts in both the top sales and top grossing categories, this comes as a surprise.  EA Mobile has dropped the price of Rock Band to $6.99 for this weekend only.  This comes down from the original premium price of $9.99.

Impressions from users after spending some time with the game have been positive.  A common complaint that almost everyone shared is the initial price at $9.99, but this sale might just be putting Rock Band in the sweet spot.  If you’re a fan of Rock Band for the consoles, I can safely say you’ll really enjoy this release.

Rock Band Available Now for $9.99

EA Mobile’s Rock Band has just gone live for $9.99.  The game launches with twenty tracks, and five packs of two songs each to get as additional DLC for $0.99 each.  Rock Band features up to four player multiplayer over Bluetooth, but no online multiplayer.  The game is fairly large at 158mb in size.  You can play each track as any of the four parts of the band you’d like: vocals, drums, guitar, or bass, which will be familiar to those that have played the console versions.

Here’s a look at what songs are included:

  • 30 Seconds to Mars – “Attack”
  • AFI – “Girls Not Grey”
  • All American Rejects – “Move Along”
  • Beastie Boys – “Sabotage”
  • Blink 182 – “All the Small Things”
  • Blondie – “Hanging on the Telephone”
  • Foo Fighters – “Learn to Fly”
  • Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers – “Bad to the Bone”
  • Jethro Tull – “Hymn 43″
  • Joan Jett – “Bad Reputation”
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Simple Man”
  • Motörhead – “Ace of Spades”
  • Rise Against – “Give It All”
  • Silversun Pickups – “Lazy Eye”
  • Steve Miller Band – “Take the Money and Run”
  • The Pixies – “Debaser”
  • The Presidents of the United States of America – “Ladybug”
  • The Go Go’s – “We Got The Beat”
  • Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”
And if you’re springing for the DLC…
  • Pack 1: 30 Seconds to Mars – “The Kill”, OK Go – “Here It Goes Again”
  • Pack 2: Angels and Airwaves – “It Hurts”, Foo Fighters – “This Is A Call”
  • Pack 3: Smashing Pumpkins – “Today”, Smashing Pumpkins – “Zero”
  • Pack 4: James Gang – “Funk #49”, Lenny Kravitz – “Let Love Rule”
  • Pack 5: Devo – “Girl U Want”, Social Distortion – “I Was Wrong”

Watch out for our full review shortly.  In the meantime, check out Rock Band on the app store.

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Rock Band Coming Soon

For those that can’t get enough Rock Band on consoles, you’ll be able to play Rock Band on your iPhone very soon.  EA Mobile has already submitted the game to Apple, and you should be playing it within the next two weeks.

Playing Rock Band on the iPhone will be instantly familiar.  A lane of four track notes come down and you tap them in rhythm, depending on the instrument you’re playing.  Rock Band also has DLC coming too.  You’ll be able to buy track packs of two songs for a total of $0.99.
Here’s a list of the songs that the game is launching with:
  • Attack – 30 Seconds To Mars
  • Girls Not Grey – AFI
  • Move Along – All-American Rejects
  • Sabotage – Beastie Boys
  • All The Small Things – Blink-182
  • Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie
  • Learn To Fly – Foo Fighters
  • Everlong – Foo Fighters
  • Bad to The Bone – George Thorogood & the Destroyers
  • Hymn 43 – Jethro Tull
  • Bad Reputation – Joan Jett
  • Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Ace of Spades ’08 – Motorhead
  • Debaser – Pixies
  • Ladybug – Presidents of The United States of America
  • Give It All – Rise Against
  • Lazy Eye – Silversun Pickups
  • Cherub Rock – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Take The Money and Run – Steve Miller Band
  • We Got The Beat – The Go Go’s

Read full details from EA at the Rock Band forums.  Also, check out the Touch Arcade scoop that has a hands on video.