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After hearing what people were saying about the guitar hero on various game consoles, I thought that it sounds like fun, so I decided that I would ask for it for christmas (at the time, I didn't have a lot of money).
When you first get it, you have to remember (in some cases) to re-configure your nintendo DS, as otherwise, the touch screen wont be able to pick when you tap the screen with the plectrum shaped stylus.
You can chose between 25 songs altogether, going from the more easier songs like No doubt, to Ozzy Osbourne one of the more difficult songs. AS you progress further in the game, you will unlock various 'awards' like new songs, guitars and outfits for your characters. You also get to choose between five different characters.
You play the game by, slotting your hand into the hand grip and pressing the four different coloured buttons (red, blue, green and yellow). When you press these buttons it feels like you are in control and playing the guitar. In different songs there are little guitar solos or just your normal everyday strumming.
A bonus with this game, is that you can play it either on your own or in a multi-player option, although the player you are playing against must also have the complete guitar hero game. You can play on guitar duels (with or without another player) and you can also learn how to play the bass section of the song (even if you can't get any points for playing them!
AS of yet, I have not managed to unlock all of the awards, and have to still to find out what the final three songs of the game are, but cannot wait to find out, as it will be a good surprise.
This game will cost alot more if you buy it in your everyday shop, like argos (for example), I have had a look and have found out that it costs £39.99 for the complete set (which includes the grip) however you can get this for alot cheaper at amazon for only £13.00 (bargain).
Overall, I think that this game is a bit pricey (at some shops) for what it is. My advise would be to shop online every time, and search for some real bargains. However, it is a really fun game, and can feel hours of spare time, as it is completely addictive. Even when you have finished, you can still go back and play songs which you really like, just for the fun of it. Definately a recomendation.
Guitar Hero is a massively succesful video game franchise. The game is simple. Play the guitar (& in later games drum & sing) along with a song on the console. However until this game, it was only available on the home based consoles where you would play with a big plastic guitar.
Guitar Hero On Tour takes you out of your home & allows you to play the game on the move. It does this by providing a grip peripheral that slots into the GBA slot in the bottom of your Nintendo DS or DS lite. IMPORTANT NOTE - DUE TO THIS IS DOES NOT WORK ON DSI!!!
The Grip has 4 fret buttons. You hold the ds like a book. Notes appear on the left hand screen with strings on the right. You play the game by holding down the correct fret button & strumming the strings on the right hand screen in time with the notes on the left hand screen.
It is fun to play. There are 25 songs, which in the main are by original artists. The tracks range in eras & there is something for everybody. However it will not replace the Home versions. This is because for an adult or male teen, the grip is very fiddly. The buttons are placed close together & because most adult hands have a good inch extra on all fingers except the little one it is a bit tricky. I find it easier to play with the strap not pulled tight. I will say this, most adults & male teens will get pain in their hands after playing for more than half an hour. Children & female teens will be a lot better. Also, somtimes you can miss the strings on the strum screen. They ought to cover more of the screen.
Mulitplayer options are available. Two people can play but they both need DS's, copies of the game & a grip each. No online option which would've been nice.
I would recommend it to people. It is fun to play & is the only version that you'll be able to take on holiday with you. It's just a shame that the grip hasn't got a slightly better design.
If you have ever wondered how Activision could squeeze any more money out of the Guitar Hero franchise, it would always have been through the Nintendo DS. Millions of people own the DS but how does the gameplay transfer to the hand-held?
Instead of being able to hold a guitar the DS version comes with an accessory which plugs into your gameboy advance slot. You then hold the DS by the strap attached to the accessory and hey presto. To play any notes in the game you have to hold down the correct coloured button, then use the included guitar plectrum to touch the bottom screen of your DS.
The tracklist on the game is quite good:
Blink-182 - "All The Small Things"
Bloc Party - "Helicopter"
Daughtry - "What I Want"
Freezepop - "I Am Not Your Gameboy"
Incubus - "Anna Molly"
Jet - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
Kiss - "Rock And Roll All Nite"
Los Lonely Boys - "Heaven"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "I Know A Little"
Maroon 5 - "This Love"
Nirvana - "Breed"
No Doubt - "Spiderwebs"
OK Go - "Do What You Want"
Ozzy Osbourne - "I Don't Wanna Stop"
Pat Benatar - "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Knock Me Down"
Rick Springfield - "Jesse's Girl"
Santana - "Black Magic Woman"
Skid Row - "Youth Gone Wild"
Smash Mouth - "All Star"
Steve Miller Band - "Jet Airliner"
Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Pride And Joy"
Stray Cats - "Stray Cat Strut"
The Doobie Brothers - "China Grove"
Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"
ZZ Top - "La Grange"
There is also a decent multi-player mode in the game which is good fun and adds to the replay value.
My only real dislike of the game was that the accessory sometimes became loose and caused the game to crash but it's a rare occurrence. Overall the game is a whole lot of fun and is a bargain at £9.99, though remember don't buy this game if you own a DSi as it will not work!
This was bought for me as a gift an its utterly addictive. At first i thought why the hell would i want this?! Then boredom got the better of me and i decided to give it a try as everybody had been raving about it on the xbox / wii. It took me a while to get the hang of it but i was soon addicted! I soon found myself humming along to the tracks whilst strumming away. There are some different features on this such as the guitar duel where you have the screen reversed, go up in flames, break a string etc... These are quite good features and keep you intereseted. You can play this either as guitar or bass with the three levels (easy, medium and hard). The hand guitar grip for this is fairly easy to use however i find it difficult to press the blue with my pinky due to been small! :$ It can get uncomfortable if playing for a while. Overall - a good purchase and fun game.
Guitar hero on tour is a ds game, which I have and it is really good. You get the game obviously and guitars add on where it has buttons like a real guitar. This also comes with a plucker, which makes it really realistic.
On the single player campaign you have gigs on each levels (easy, medium, hard and expert), which you have to pass.
The fans are realistic and cheer you on if you are doing well and not missing a note. However if you do appallingly, sadly the song will stop and you will have to try again. I think the career mode is excellent.
Also you earn money by finishing songs. With the money you can by accessories, clothes and all sorts from shops. You can even buy new guitars!
I think it is really good as it is a challenge to collect everything! Some songs which you may have heard of on guitar hero on tour is all the small things by Blink 182 and Helicopter by bloc party.
Summing up these points, if you are a real rocker and you have a ds, I recommend this game. I find it really a good and challenging to complete a lot of songs on expert.
When I found out the plans that Guitar Hero was going to be released on the Nintendo DS I laughed. When I seen the promotional trailer of Guitar Hero on the Nintendo DS with people strumming away on their handhelds I laughed even harder!
One day not long after Guitar Hero On Tour got released I seen a member of staff in GAME playing around with it. I sniggered and walk up to him and asked him how it was. He showed me and gave me it to try, but I refused to begin with and watched him play some more - I still remembered how foolish the people looked on the promo trailer and not to mention how stupid this guy looked right in front of me! I tried my best not to laugh at him. I eventually gave in to the guys pestering and had a try for myself.
Three tracks later the GAME guy was trying his best to take it from me. I could sense out of the side of my eye he was getting stressed out, so I ended up buying a bundle. The look on his face was amazing...No Doubt, he'll think twice before offering me a go of his DS again.
The main features of this DS version is that the songs are unique to the On Tour, along with added extras such as guitar duels and having to blow into the mic to put your amp out when it sets on fire! You can also play as guitar and as bass.
Tracks from bands such as Skid Row, Twisted Sister, Nirvana, Ozzy and KISS make this worth buying for any true Guitar Hero fanatic, as you can't get them anywhere else on any other Guitar Hero release.
The best thing about Guitar Hero on DS is that for those who are unable to complete the original versions on hard or expert settings - this version is a perfect training tool which will help you make that step up and improve your skills as the DS version is much easier to complete than the original formats, mainly due to there being one less button to be worried about.
This was the very first DS game I got, as it came in a bundle with my DS. It was a bought as a gift, and I knew it was coming, so I was a little unsure - I probably wouldn't have chosen it myself.
Within a couple of songs I was hooked! There are tutorials so you learn how to play, which I needed as I had never played any Guitar Hero game before. I started off on Easy and worked my way through. There are 5 sections of songs, and you have to complete each section before moving onto the next - in each one you play 4 songs then get an encore.
You earn cash for each gig, and with that cash you can buy guitars and outfits from the store to customize your character.
There's a really good selection of songs, a lot I knew and some I didn't. They get progressively harder as you go through the game. I find actually using the game very easy - the "guitar grip" is easy to use, although sometimes my little finger doesn't respond as it should! Only on one occasion has the guitar grip slipped out of the slot, which was incredibly annoying but it was only a one off. I find occasionally that my hand gets a little sore when playing for a while, but the game does give you advice on how to avoid this - usually when this happens I've just set up in a hurry, so I just need to adjust. I like the little plectrum stylus, although you could use a normal stylus as well.
I loved this game so much that we then went and got all the available Guitar Hero games for the Wii! Personally I prefer the DS one, I find it easier to use - I'm not sure why as I have played some guitar in the past, but I just can't get the guitar controller on the Wii to work with me.
Guitar Hero On Tour quite literally brings gripping guitar gameplay to the DS. With a Guitar Grip letting you play notes with one hand and strum the guitar with the other on the DS touch screen!
25 songs, five unlockable venues..a ds owner must have.
I have the Guitar Hero on Tour for my ds and I personally think it's great! There are plenty to do on the Guitar Hero such as:- Guitar Duels where you are trying to play the song better than your opponent, you have to complete battle gem sequences to get a power up; and you can retrieve battle items like:- broken string, signature, guitar on fire, camera flash and many more to use against your opponent.
You can also have a "Career" in which you create a band and play gigs. Every time you play a gig you get money which you can use to buy:- guitar's, outfits and more, you can buy these from "the store". Also each time you play a gig you unlock new songs to play. You can choose either easy, medium, hard or expert levels to play your songs on.
On quickplay you don't need to have a career to play the songs and you don't have to unlock the songs either because all the songs are there for you to complete at any difficulty level.
I think guitar hero for the ds is great and i've had lots of fun on it! I recommend it to anyone with a ds. =)
Of all the possible incarnations, the DS version of Guitar Hero seems like the most unlikely. How could a game be adapted for a portable console, when its trademark peripheral is a plastic guitar??
Of course, the answer is simple. Or is it? Guitar Hero On Tour on the DS is controlled using a small, plastic device that you plug in to the cartridge slot. An innovative solution, but problematic from the outset.
This colourful little 4-buttoned device at first appears to do the job admirably - it even has a velcro strap to keep your hand in place. Unfortunately, playing this game is, after a while, ridiculously uncomfortable. I mean, it's just silly... I guess it could be easier if your wrists were double jointed, but I couldn't help but feel an awkwardness as my thumb strained and my fingers slipped on the main controller, whilst I had to strum the screen with the included plectrum stylus. Unlike the full-sized versions, playing this feels nothing like playing a real guitar, and for me that's a lot of the appeal gone.
The second problem here is the songs. Not sure if it's just my taste, but aside from a couple of hum-dingers, most of the songs here are rubbish. I'm talking about you, 'All Star' by Smashmouth. Possibly one of the least 'heroic' guitar songs ever made.
Aside from the flaws of the awkward control system, the game does perform admirably in other areas. The wireless head-to-head duel feature is fun, for example, and for those who can overcome the control methods and like the look of the tracklist (you can Google it), there IS some fun to be had here. If you have a friend who owns this, you should definitely have a go before you decide to part with your cash, as it seems that opinions are mixed here.
Overall, the DS translation of Guitar Hero is in some ways an impressive conversion. Personally, however, it just doesn't work for me.
Guitar Hero On Tour (Nintendo DS)
I just bought Guitar hero On Tour 2 weeks ago and already have completed Easy! ( my first time playing it ) had played it before on the ps2 have all the games but they have 5 buttons and the DS Guitar hero only has 4 so i couldn't get used to it but im used to it now!!!
<<< Looks >>>
It comes in a box with a cartoon man playing the guitar and a logo '' Guitar Hero on Tour! On the Controller it has a strap with a logo '' Guitar Hero '' and it has a sticker on the controller that also has a logo '' Guitar Hero on tour '' and on the controller at the top it has 4 buttons... Blue, Yellow, Red and Green! It also comes with a DS stylus guitar pick pen!
<<< Songs >>>
Guitar Hero on tour comes with 25 different songs from bands like... The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Daughtry, OK Go, Incubus, Stray Cats, Maroon 5, Smash Mouth, Pat Benatar, Ozzy Osbourne, The Doobie Brothers, Bloc Party, Rick Springfeild, Los Lonely Boys, Jet, Blink 182, Nirvana, No Doubt and many more!
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I bought it for $50 ( £35 ) in the wallmart when i was on holidays and it is around £30 to £40 in the UK so i would reccomend you to goto www.walmart.com or www.amazon.com and price them there! but the only thing is you might have to pay for package and postage! But all DS games are universal so they work on any DS if i bought a American DS it would still work in the UK!!!
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Overall i think that this game is a really good game and i would reccomend anyone who has or hasn't played guitar hero to buy this one because its really good for all the price you pay!!! It comes in the box with Guitar hero on tour DS game, Guitar grip ( controller ), Adjustable strap, Pick stylus, Guitar hero stickers and instructions! It works on any DS, Ninetendo DS or Ninetendo DS Lite and it doesnt ,matter if its an american DS or a UK DS its Universal!
Originally Posted on Ciao
Now you might think that if, like me, you loved played Guitar Hero or Rock Band on a home console, you would love that fact that you can now play it on the DS, well my advice with this game is try before you buy, and here's why...
Firstly, the game is basically the same (altough you only get 25 songs, which is a bit stingy), but the way you play it using the attachment is quite painful on your wrist if you play for any longer than a short spell, in fact until you get used to it, it's really hard to even play for more than one song without some serious wristache.
Secondly, the space limitations on the DS mean that the actual songs are midi quality, which to be honest sounds pretty poor, not a good thing for a game all about the music.
Thirdly, and finally, it's just not as much fun not phyiscally having that guitar to strum, basically you no longer feel like a rock star !
Overall, it you must be able to play guitar hero on the move, then buy this, but personally I would stick to the home version for some real rockin !!
I've never played Guitar Hero on any platform before - it always seemed a bit over-hyped, but after gettng this as a present for my DS I realised I was slightly wrong! The grip takes a bit of getting used to, as the buttons are so close together, or maybe I just have really long fingers...but the game is unbelievably addictive. I played it non stop until I completed it, much to the dismay of my other half who didn't hear a word out of me for hours on end.
- There's a lot of songs you would have heard before
- It's very easy to get used to the guitar grip
- Highly addictive
- The game seems very short once you've completed it, I managed it in around 2 hours - so I'm not sure it'd be worth the £25 to buy
- Some of the levels are just too easy, even the harder ones are very hard to get used to
Overall I think I'd rather play this on another platform, as my fingers were aching at the end! The concept is brilliant, however the game's too short for my liking!
I received the limited edition DS and tour game for my birthday and thought that my husband had bought it as much for him as me (I wanted to do the brain training and was fed up taking the kid's DS). But I quickly became addicted and wanted to become a five star guitar player!!
It was really easy to pick up - even for a totally useless musicain like myself and it started to become quite competitive innthe house to see who could get the first set of 5 stars on easy mode!!.
Not being a great rock fan I didn't really recognise a alot of the tracks but it ddin't detract from teh game and I found when I played some I didn recognise the track which does help when trying to play them
The grip is sometimes a bit fiddly and I can't seem to reach teh blue button very easily - but I think that may just be me as my children have no problems in managing to reach the buttons and their hands are smaller than mine.
All round fun when I wasn't expecting it at all
For Christmas this year I was given the limited edition Guitar hero Nintendo DS which comes with the Guitar Hero on Tour game, I was not disappointed this is a great game.
Guitar Hero is a game that has taken the world by storm and is available in a format for every games console. They have done really well to create the game on the DS, especially as they are unable to create a big guitar to connect to you DS to make you feel like a real rockstar. The guitar grip works well with the compact console and is great as you can take it anywhere, as all other guitar hero games on other consoles are bulky.
To use the Guitar Grip you insert it into the DS and you then hold the game horizontally and watch the notes scroll down on the top screen that you have to play. You then have to press the correct colour buttons at the correct time as you strum the touch screen, to get the best score you have to make sure that you do not miss any of the notes.
With various playing options from Single player career mode, Battle of the bands a game that has you putting out flaming notes by blowing into the microphone or signing autographs as you play or you can join a jam which enables you to play with or against a friend in wireless mode as you play together or take part in your own guitar duel against each other.
There are 26 tracks on this game including All the Small Things by Blink 182, Spider webs by No Doubt, Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet , Breed by Nirvana, Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield, This Love by Maroon 5, Jet Airliner by Steve Miller Band, Black Magic Woman by Santana, I Don't Wanna Stop by Ozzy Osborne and Knock Me Down by Red Hot Chilli Peppers are to name a few.
You can play in 'Quick play', 'Career Mode' or 'Guitar Duel'. With Different levels of difficulty from easy, medium and hard. The graphics are fantastic, I cannot imagine that they could get much better than this and the sound quality is not different to listening to a cd, they have done a great job with this game.
Overall I can't imagine them having done a better job with a first version.
The advantages to this game are
* A great all round enjoyable game.
* Different to a lot of other games.
* Compact to take anywhere.
* Various songs and modes to play.
* This is an addictive game.
* Great Graphics and Sound quality.
The disadvantages that I have found whilst playing this game are
*That my hand and fingers start to ache after playing a few songs so I have to put the console down and go back to it later, which is not good when you are enjoying yourself.
*I only know a few of the tracks, which I feel can take away from the enjoyment of playing as you cannot tap you feet and appreciate the song as much.
*The other problem I have with the console is that I find that sometimes the guitar grip moves whist I am playing, which bring up a prompt screen telling you to turn the DS on and off which means you lose the game, it could do with a clip so that it does not do it as its annoying.
*The hard mode on the game is really hard and I think it will take a while before I can complete a song at that level.
This is an entertaining game and is well worth the investment, it takes gaming to another level and with its retail price at around £30 with the guitar grip included it is worth it. There are newer guitar hero games with new tracks which are an investment I will be making soon.
Being an avid fan of the previous Guitar Hero games, my name was one of the first on the pre-order list. My little bundle of joy arrived through my letter box yesterday morning (the day after the release date) delivered from HMV.com with free delivery, totalling £26.99 (with student discount).
In the box, you get the add-on part with the coloured buttons that you insert into the GameBoy Advance slot on your DS, a seperate attachement that you have to use if you are using an old style DS, a plectrum stylus, the game catridge, a game case, two sticker sheets and the instructions - though don't ask me what they say, I figured I would work everything out along the way.
The add-on part comes with an adjustable velcro strap so that every size of hand will fit. When you have connected it to the DS, put the game in and turned on the DS, you are ready to begin. The opening screens view the correct way to hold the DS with the controller, and then takes you to the main menu. You have the option of choosing from Single Player, Multiplayer, Options and Credits.
In the Options menu, you can clear global data, adjust audio options, set the mic sensitivity, lefty flip the game and flip the colours.
Multiplayer gives you the option of playing DS to DS. the options allow you to join a game or host your own. Unfortunately I can't go into anymore detail about multiplayer as I am the first of my friends to get the game, and therefore haven't played on multiplayer yet!
In the single player menu, you can choose career mode, guital duels, quickplay, practice and tutorial. Quickplay, practice and tutorial are fairly self-explanitory, as is Career mode if you have ever played Guitar Hero before.
For those who haven't played guitar hero before, you can start a career band on easy, normal, hard or expert, and work your way through five venues with five different setlists with five different songs. Each venue you complete opens another venue, and every four songs you unlock an encore song. You can also unlock different guitars, characters and outfits along the way which are available to buy in the guitar store using the money you earn from playing the different venues.
Guitar Duels is the new name for battles from the PS3 game. It involves collecting weapons to use agains a computer component to win the song.
Approximately 85% of the songs are master recordings - the rest being covered mainly by "The Wavegroup". It is also nice to have a DS game where you can listen to real quality music rather than dodgy .midi files. The songs included are:
* "Do What You Want" -- OK Go
* "All The Small Things" -- Blink 182
* "Spiderwebs" -- No Doubt
* "Are You Gona Be My Girl" -- Jet
* "We're Not Gonna Take It" -- Twisted Sister
* "All Star" -- Smash Mouth
* "Breed" -- Nirvana
* "Jessie's Girl" -- Rick Springfield
* "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" -- Pat Benatar
* "This Love" -- Maroon 5
* "Heaven" -- Los Lonely Boys
* "Helicopter" -- Bloc Party
* "China Grove" -- The Doobie Brothers
* "Rock and Roll All Nite" -- KISS
* "What I Want" -- Daughtry
*"Jet Airliner" -- Steve Miller Band
*"Black Magic Woman" -- Santana
*"Stray Cat Strut" -- Stray Cats
*"La Grange" -- ZZ Top
*"Youth Gone Wild" -- Skid Row
*"I Don't Wanna Stop" -- Ozzy Osbourne
*"Anna Molly" -- Incubus
*"Knock Me Down" -- Red Hot Chili Peppers
*"Pride And Joy" -- Stevie Ray Vaughan
*"I Know A Little" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd
The game play is not particularly different from any other Guitar Hero game,it is just much more portable.
I have a few issues with the add-on part. Firstly, it comes out of the GameBoy Advance slot VERY easily, and this then makes the game come up with a "please turn off the system and reconnect" message. This can be extremely irritating as it can happen in the middle of a song and therefore losing you all those points. Another thing is that after only one day of having it, I now have a bruise over the bone in my hand just underneath my left pinky finger, due to the way you have to hold the DS to stop the grip falling out and in order to reach all four different colour buttons. I'm not sure if there is a way you can stop either of these things happening, other than maybe using some velcro pads to secure the add-on piece to your DS, and wearing a plaster over the aforementioned bone - both of which will probably look quite unsightly.
It is also quite difficult to use the whammy bar when you first play, but you get used to after it after a few songs.
My other disappointment was that about five of the songs in Guitar Hero On Tour feature on Guitar Hero III, which is a bit lazy in my opinion. I'm sure with such a major franchise they could have stretched to another five new songs, but then I suppose they are saving up for Guitar Hero World Tour for the PS3.
So in conclusion, I am pleased that Guitar Hero is now available to play on DS, and enjoy it as much as the other Guitar Hero games on other platforms, but I hope that if the makers plan to bring out a sequel, they will think about the issues I have raised.
(As written for Ciao.co.uk)
Guitar Hero: On Tour allows gamers to take the rock-solid Guitar Hero experience wherever they go. Utilizing a revolutionary Guitar Hero Guitar Grip peripheral that fits in the Game Pak slot on the Nintendo DS, Guitar Hero: On Tour gives fans the ability to shred along with their favourite tunes with complete portability. The soundtrack features exclusive music with a diverse set list of master tracks including classic rock, alternative and pop favourites. For the first time, the same epic music, game play and graphics that players have come to expect have been combined into one handheld package creating a ground-breaking Guitar Hero experience.