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Guitar Rock Tour review: Guitar Rock Tour

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Typical Price: $9.99
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The Good Good track list. Guitar and drum modes. Fast gameplay.

The Bad Some song covers are a bit dodgy. Tap Tap Revenge is free.

The Bottom Line For the money you get a good set of songs and a pretty engrossing rhythm gaming experience. Though you may also get a case of RSI thrown into the bargain.

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8.0 Overall

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You know Guitar Hero, right? Well, you're about halfway there. Guitar Rock Tour (GRT) for the iPhone and iPod Touch takes the best of the Guitar Hero franchise and dumps it on your Apple handset, including some very decent covers of a good range of rock music and a drumming alternative for when you're bored of swinging your axe.

We've heard that the iPhone has processing power roughly equivalent to a first-gen PlayStation and this is evident in the game's presentation. Similar to Guitar Hero, Guitar Rock Tour features a mix of colourful, cartoony menus and some crude 3D animations to play behind the fret board while you furiously tap out the songs. Thankfully, the notes come rushing down the fretboard at a similarly furious pace, without any significant performance lag that we could detect.

As you've probably guessed from the pictures, the game is played by tapping the corresponding note switch in time with the music. Because the CNET Australia team are hardcore rhythm gamers we turned GRT up to its hardest setting and were surprised to find it quite challenging. Not so hard that it beat us, mind you, but difficult enough to keep us banging constantly at the screen, with our tongues lulling out the sides of our mouths in concentration.

In drummer mode the game changes slightly, requiring players to tap on the instrument icons — cymbals, snare and kick drums — to the sides of the fretboard. Essentially drumming is the same as playing the guitar, but it is a nice change of pace nonetheless.

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