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MacRumors
Oct 9, 2009, 11:13 AM
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TouchArcade previewed (http://toucharcade.com/2009/10/08/rock-band-hands-on-preview-with-video) an upcoming release of
Rock Band ("http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Band_(video_game)[/img) for the iPhone and iPod touch. Rock Band is, of course, an incredibly popular rhythm game franchise which allows up to four people play instruments in time with popular rock songs. The iPhone version offers on-screen tapping in the place for each instrument including vocals.Each song can be played in four distinctly different ways– Guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Every instrument has its own track that you tap along with, and they all match up with the music just as well as the other versions of the game. Each mode is also playable in three difficulty levels. Easy should be easy enough for anyone to jump in to, and hard seems fairly challenging.
The iPhone version of the game is expected to be released as early as next week.

Article Link: 'Rock Band' Coming to iPhone and iPod Touch (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/10/09/rock-band-coming-to-iphone-and-ipod-touch/)



GoCubsGo
Oct 9, 2009, 11:16 AM
If it looks like what they showed on the android (or whatever the phone is on the verizon "there's a map for that" commercial) then it should be pretty awesome.

MadGoat
Oct 9, 2009, 11:19 AM
This is something I'm prepared to open my wallet for.

GoCubsGo
Oct 9, 2009, 11:20 AM
They're going to have to step it up quite a bit to compete with the PSP Go or whatever that device is called.

Dainin
Oct 9, 2009, 11:26 AM
Why didn't they use the built in microphone for the singing? It looked like you just needed to touch the correct row?

kevindotcom
Oct 9, 2009, 11:30 AM
I can't believe what they did to the singing. EA... this is a phone, which means it had a mic. WTH?

caligurl
Oct 9, 2009, 11:32 AM
WOO HOO! depending on the price..... i'll be buying this lil app!

Drumjim85
Oct 9, 2009, 11:35 AM
Why didn't they use the built in microphone for the singing? It looked like you just needed to touch the correct row?

I can't believe what they did to the singing. EA... this is a phone, which means it had a mic. WTH?

ya! this is lame. they should take a lesson from "i am t-pain" which shows that pitch tracking is possible on the phone.

MrENGLISH
Oct 9, 2009, 11:41 AM
I can't believe what they did to the singing. EA... this is a phone, which means it had a mic. WTH?

why do people so easily forget about the iPod touch?... not everyone uses the iPhone for App Store Apps.

I do feel like they dropped the ball for those interested in singing though. Esp since you can use the mic built into the apple headphones on the iPod touch. Maybe they can add this feature later...

of course, being designed to be played on a portable device does mean that you may not be in a place where you can sing without disturbing those around you.

nickXedge
Oct 9, 2009, 11:51 AM
This looks pretty amazing! And I agree they dropped the ball with the way it handles vocals. They could just as easily have put a little "Vocals on iPod Touch requires external microphone" disclaimer as other apps have with similar input. Other than that, it looks great and I look forward to seeing the price, and if not too high, I will definitely buy it. I think it could be like $9.99 because they might only give you a few songs and have in-app purchases of other songs probably. I could be wrong, but it makes sense. Get people on-board with a relatively low introductory price for a great game ported to these devices, and then make more money on $.99 songs for purchase.

kevindotcom
Oct 9, 2009, 11:56 AM
why do people so easily forget about the iPod touch?... not everyone uses the iPhone for App Store Apps.

I do feel like they dropped the ball for those interested in singing though. Esp since you can use the mic built into the apple headphones on the iPod touch. Maybe they can add this feature later...

of course, being designed to be played on a portable device does mean that you may not be in a place where you can sing without disturbing those around you.

I am sorry I didn't mention the iPod Touch. However, the iPod Touch can take advantage of the mic found in apples latest ear buds. I use it all the time for skype on my wife's iPod (2nd Gen).

UPDATE: Oops, did not notice that you mentioned the ear buds yourself. Cheers!

zombitronic
Oct 9, 2009, 11:57 AM
Vocals could've been a great way to distinguish this from the Tap Tap Revenge style games. That said, I'm surprised that Tap Tap hasn't already included a true vocal mode.

Ericatomars
Oct 9, 2009, 12:04 PM
I have Rock Band for my Wii and I love it... on the iphone?!?! Sounds good but it'll probably be to much to really be worth it...

yg17
Oct 9, 2009, 12:07 PM
Why didn't they use the built in microphone for the singing? It looked like you just needed to touch the correct row?

Do you really want to be on a crowded bus or subway when half of the riders are trying to sing along to Coheed and Cambria or Rush and attempting the high pitch?

I'd rather listen to nails on a chalkboard. ;)

Willis
Oct 9, 2009, 12:09 PM
Note the multiplayer achievement... this game will be amazing in ad-hoc mode... seriously good. Pending on price, I might get this

Dainin
Oct 9, 2009, 01:06 PM
Do you really want to be on a crowded bus or subway when half of the riders are trying to sing along to Coheed and Cambria or Rush and attempting the high pitch?

I'd rather listen to nails on a chalkboard. ;)

A good point, to be sure.

It would be nice to have the option though.

ProwlingTiger
Oct 9, 2009, 02:10 PM
The..um TouchArcade link is not properly configured in the original post.

eastercat
Oct 9, 2009, 02:28 PM
This has the potential to rock (so to speak) or fail in a Darwin award winning sort of way. I'm going to waitfor the reviews before I plunk down the cash.

eastercat
Oct 9, 2009, 02:28 PM
This has the potential to rock (so to speak) or fail in a Darwin award winning sort of way. I'm going to wait for the reviews before I plunk down the cash.

Niiro13
Oct 9, 2009, 05:32 PM
Maybe they're working on singing for a future update because they felt it was too difficult? No idea. Kelly Clarkson's Open Mic wasn't even near close to decent in singing (because only females could actually play that game and do well without males having to feminize their voices sounding like high pitched peoples).

Maccin475
Oct 9, 2009, 05:49 PM
Do you really want to be on a crowded bus or subway when half of the riders are trying to sing along to Coheed and Cambria or Rush and attempting the high pitch?

I'd rather listen to nails on a chalkboard. ;)

Haha, Good point. I just might have to buy an iPod Touch for this particular app.

Gatteau
Oct 10, 2009, 08:37 AM
Oh... can't wait.

huntercr
Oct 10, 2009, 10:28 AM
Does that mean they have it work syncronized with 3 other people's iphones too?

That would be truly awesome

twoodcc
Oct 10, 2009, 10:50 AM
wow. gaming for the iphone and ipod touch really is coming along nicely

jmann
Oct 10, 2009, 10:52 AM
Depending on reviews, I will drop the dollars for this game.

jabingla2810
Oct 12, 2009, 09:34 AM
Wait, so you just have to tap the buttons on screen to the rhythm… and you are all excited by this?

It’s going to be as fun and involving as challenging yourself to write a sentence as fast as you can in the message app.

huntercr
Oct 12, 2009, 11:12 AM
Wait, so you just have to tap the buttons on screen to the rhythm… and you are all excited by this?

It’s going to be as fun and involving as challenging yourself to write a sentence as fast as you can in the message app.

I take it you don't play rock band.

This is basically the way the game is on other platforms too ( though you could argue that tapping on the screen might be slight easier for beginners )

The thing I want to know is whether playing the game will be synchronized with other players. I would think this would be rather pointless if not.

macfanboy
Oct 16, 2009, 07:04 PM
at the time of the news post, it said early next week. its late next week.... where is it!?!??!

GoCubsGo
Oct 16, 2009, 07:06 PM
at the time of the news post, it said early next week. its late next week.... where is it!?!??!

:rolleyes: between this and MMS ... you people are nuts. I'd rather have it be delayed and right then buggy and wrong.

macfanboy
Oct 16, 2009, 07:22 PM
i think your forgetting its EA, and the fact they said it was submitted to Apple already