Rock Band hits iPhone, iPod Touch this month

MTV Games' rhythm franchise expands onto Apple's portable platform with 20 songs, local multiplayer, and downloadable tracks.

With the PSP launch of Rock Band: Unplugged and the upcoming DS edition of Lego Rock Band, the rhythm franchise will have hit every major game-centric platform in the industry. It's apparently time to expand beyond the traditional console and handheld systems, as EA Mobile, MTV Games, and Harmonix today announced that Rock Band will arrive on Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch in the middle of this month.

Yup, that's Rock Band.

Rock Band iPhone/iPod Touch will come with 20 songs and incorporate many of the series' distinctive features. Gamers will be able to play guitar, bass, drums, or vocal parts and can gather together for Bluetooth-enabled multiplayer action. The game also includes three difficulty settings for each song, and a Tour mode in addition to the Quickplay option. As one would expect from a portable audio device, MTV is promising MP3 sound quality for the game's songs.

Finally, Rock Band for Apple's portable media players will support downloadable content, with songs from artists including OK Go, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Lenny Kravitz, Social Distortion, and Devo. A complete list of the songs that will come with the initial purchase of the game follows below.

Included tracks:
"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" - Lynard Skynard
"Ace of Spades '08" – Motorhead
"Debaser" - Pixies
"Ladybug" - Presidents of The United States of America
"Give it All" - Rise Against
"Lazy Eye" - Silversun Pick Ups
"Cherub Rock" - Smashing Pumpkins
"Take the Money and Run" - Steve Miller Band
"We Got the Beat" - The Go Go's

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49 comments
Spartan_418
Spartan_418

lol they misspelled Lynyrd Skynyrd Tap Tap is free btw, my iTouch died so it would be cool if something like this would come to the Zune HD, it needs more apps

wayne_kar
wayne_kar

just played it for an hour on my lunch. really impressed. found the drums the most fun so far. worth it just for sabotage imo

grant4500neo
grant4500neo

i wonder how much DLC is going to be? i ain't paying a dollar for a song when i can get the real thing. and i wish there was expert

The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

Girls Not Grey Move Along Everlong Bad to the Bone Bad Reputation Ace of Spades Give It All We Got The Beat I'm satisfied, but I'd like to see what is available as DLC. Does the Canadian iTunes finally accept gift cards to pay for apps?

clauss12345
clauss12345

Good sound quality and decent graphics (for an ipod game). Definitely something I would buy for $8 maximum. I wonder what other games as good as this are on the way!

chocomomiji
chocomomiji

maybe u can have your own song creator using your mp3 files

Blade8Aus
Blade8Aus

can we make our own songs/charts in this game? sorry i only just heard about this.... if we can... insta buy :D

Megamanx266
Megamanx266

@ dvillamizar Thanks for putting it nicely :) I had no idea there was going to be a way to add a mic to the iTouch. I'm not aware of what the next-gen iTouch and iPhone are capable of :(

Thatguysawesome
Thatguysawesome

Looks and sounds like absolute crap! I honestly have no idea how everyone gets excited about these games! words cannot describe how god awful this is... And people have a problem with the Wii?!!

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

@TicTac8745 - Same here :D When I get an iPod Touch.

Petercairns
Petercairns

But it does have some good songs on it

Petercairns
Petercairns

Get a PsP and buy Rock Band on that!!

TicTac8745
TicTac8745

I am SO buying this when I get an iPod Touch or iPhone.

dvillamizar
dvillamizar

@Megamanx266 I mean this in the nicest way possible, but you guys have to get educated in the subject of the iDevices. The new iPod Touch comes with a mic on the actual headphones and if you have the previous gen iPod Touch you can easily buy the headphones separately anywhere you go, be it Wal-Mart, Best Buy or Meijer.

amo_lang123
amo_lang123

hmmm... this or ttr3... i want to see reviews on this one first...

AlmightyMax
AlmightyMax

Apart from Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins, that's probably the worst track list I've ever seen.

bballabarry
bballabarry

hold on while i go play tap tap for free

ckat609
ckat609

I wish they would've used the mic for the singing part

Stevewins1
Stevewins1

The guitar and the drums looks good and well done, but the singing seems...sorta lame.

GC4ever
GC4ever

cool this sounds awesome

xE1itEx52
xE1itEx52

lol the name "Tap Tap Revenge" makes more sense now...they gotta get revenge

YIRock
YIRock

this is why Harmonix is very successful in the videogame industry =)

gnbfd
gnbfd

How much will this cost? I might actually get this if it's only $4-5.

thk123
thk123

That looked quite difficult, I can't see Expert being even possible with a touch screen, it is hardly the kind of thing you want to beat. And the singing is a bit of a joke. I was getting confused cos this silent person wasn't about to go in to full singing, so I was like, what's going to happen...? But the singing is pointless, still looked ok.

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Done and done. Hopefully DLC is weekly like it is for the console and PSP versions.

Megamanx266
Megamanx266

@1mog2 It probably wont.. since the iTouch doesn't have a mic. Of course they could just make a seperate version for each if they were able to.

Megamanx266
Megamanx266

Sorry Harmonix... Tap Tap Revolution beat ya to it this time :) Granted I'm still gonna get this providing it wont cost me too much of a fortune.

joshphillips
joshphillips

Hellz ya I've been waiting a looooong time for this to happen. The IPhone gods have answered my prayers. Yes I prey for games to come to the IPhone lol

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

As long as there's a lite ver. I'll check it out.

chocomomiji
chocomomiji

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Raeldor
Raeldor

The iPhone's touch screen could actually work pretty good with this. I'll wait for reviews first though!

prkprkprk
prkprkprk

Tap Tap Revenge is dead.....

1mog2
1mog2

What is up with the vocals? The iPhone has a mic, will it use that?

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

Well I am glad that the iphone is gonna have something other than Tap Tap Revenge for the Iphone but I have to admit the initial tracks are a bit lackluster but with DLC that hopefully wont be too much of a hindrance.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

I'll stick with playing a version that doesn't suck, thanks.

r-teest
r-teest

why don't they make the gameplay horizontal so there could be 5 frets instead of 4?

filipino_boy
filipino_boy

Looks like a nice little distraction on my iPod.

fester420
fester420

thank god, guitar rock tour sucks. i hate playing cover songs

USKB
USKB

Tap Tap Revenge's Worst Nightmare. And even after the release of Tap Tap 3.