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Genre: Casual, Dance :: Players: 1 :: Released: 30/6/08

Guitar Hero III Review

Publisher: Hands On :: Developer: Activision

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Good range of tracks
Easy to play

Cons

Graphics a little simple

Sound
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
Bus/Tube Friendly
See Compatible Handsets

83

Graphics

78

Sound

88

Controls

82

Playability

86

Lastability

81

Review Details
Handset Nokia N81 8Gb
Time Played 3 hours
Game Progress Completed easy and some of expert

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 01/7/08

It's taken a while but it's finally here


Guitar Hero has been rocking the console for the past few years and has finally made its way onto mobile. It may have been available in the US for a few months now but the licensing guys have finally pulled their fingers out and the game is now on European shores.

As a long forgotten rocker, this game comes with a lot of expectation and anticipation. In our opinion, the game succeeds to deliver a great rock 'n' roll experience for a fraction of the cost for the console version. It may only cost a few quid but you are still treated to 15 decent rock songs from the 70s right up to date. Unfortunately there is no Paint It Black but Paranoid and School's Out are there.

The game is all about pressing the right button at the right time and following the tune of the song. When you pull it off, the song plays in the background. Your onscreen guitar is split into three sections; left, middle and right. These are easily controlled by the appropriate columns ( eg 1, 4 and 7 for the left side). The system works well and you shouldn't need to scramble around the keypad when the big chords and solos come calling. The * is a multiplier boost but this is a bit tricky to activate especially when you are in the thick of it. On the whole the game is easy to get the basics. However, some of the trickier levels have tight combos where your fingers do more dancing than a cat on hot tin roof.

The game is split into three arenas with 5 songs in each and it also comes in three difficulty settings. Sound is obviously an important factor for this game and on the whole it's a pretty good job. This is still a mobile game so don't expect any mp3 quality full length tracks or even vocals. Some of the initial tunes resemble dodgy polyphonic ringtones but by the end the tunes get better or maybe it's just the flow of the game that takes over and the tones start to sound better.

The game requires a fair amount of concentration and as such the average graphics don't impinge on the fun. All that matters is for the notes to be clear and it does this adequately. Your character will riff away in the background but you'll be too busy hitting combos to care. A couple of the characters from the series are there but there's no real customisation available.

We're still some way from having online face offs on the mobile and Guitar Hero III mobile is a solo challenge. With quite a few songs, difficulty levels and some tough awards to win, the game should keep you rocking until your earphones explode.

This is undoubtedly Guitar Hero and it is undoubtedly a snack sized mobile version. Great if you don't want to spend top dollar for the full version. Avid fans may be expecting more but hey it's only a tenth of the price and you can play it on the tube and educate the suits to the sound of the underground (don't worry, there's no Girls Aloud track).