Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades DS


Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
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  1. Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades is a great expansion of the series on the DS.
  2. 90
    While Decades isn't revolutionary by any means, it's still an absolute blast to play.
  3. Decades is an entertaining and challenging game that recreates the Guitar Hero experience as best you can without actually holding a guitar.
  4. Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades is the second time the franchise has made it to the Nintendo DS and overall it is even better than the previous instalment.
  5. If you have played the first one and enjoyed it, then you are golden; if you didn't then its time to put down the iPod loaded with country music and get crackin'.
  6. Guitar Hero: On Tour – Decades gives more enjoyment out of the portable version of Guitar Hero.
  7. 80
    I personally think the original Guitar Hero On Tour was an outstanding addition to the Nintendo DS library, and while Guitar Hero On Tour Decades loses a bit of the novelty that influenced the first score, the sequel is still a very appealing portable product.
  8. A great choice for anyone that wants to take a virtual axe on the go. As competent as the original, Decades brings another 28 quality songs to the mix that can be streamed between two DS.
  9. And if you love Guitar Hero, but don't have deep enough pockets to fit out a whole band on the World Tour game then this is a good substitute, just mind the funny looks you'll get rocking out on the bus.
  10. If you can accept the fact that this version is a track pack a few improvements more than a totally new, re-thinked and re-worked game, then shedding 50$ won’t stop you from getting it. Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades is an interesting addition to your DS collection not only for the new tracks but especially for the extended tracklist via wireless link with the original game.
  11. 80
    Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades is a solid follow-up to an impressive first effort on a handheld system. While it feels more like an expansion set the addition of wireless streaming is more than worth the price of admission.
  12. Regardless of how much polish Decades has over its predecessor, the fact remains that the DS game will never be more than a simulation of a simulation; a short-term novelty that just makes you wish you were playing the real Guitar Hero games instead.
  13. The final score from between Guitar Hero: On Tour and Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades is pretty close, but Decades is the clear winner. With a much more enjoyable song list and minor enhances lightly sprinkled throughout the game (there is even a new “about” feature with gives more details about each song/band and even gives a background about all unlockable guitars), be sure to choose Decades if you have to make a decision between the two versions.
  14. 75
    A solid addition to the Guitar Hero family.
  15. Nintendo Gamer
    A game first and foremost (and maybe a torture device). [Feb 2009, p.69]
  16. Games Master UK
    The DS isn't the best home for Guitar Hero and, while it's good, Decades can't alter that. [Feb 2009, p.78]

Awards & Rankings

#79 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#30 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. ShaneS.
    Nov 17, 2008
    I bought the game the day it came out because I thought the first Guitar Hero on Tour was really fun; yes it was shorter than the bigger I bought the game the day it came out because I thought the first Guitar Hero on Tour was really fun; yes it was shorter than the bigger systems like xbox, playstation and the wii, but hey it's a DS game. With that in consideration I really thought the sequal would be equally as revolutionary as it predecessor; I started playing the day I got it and I wasn't let down. The graphics looked a bit better (remember it's a DS game, it only gets so good) and it seemed like it picked up on my strokes easier than on tour. I haven't tried out its multiplayer mode yet but i'm sure that will be as good as the first one's. All in all Decades is almost the same as on Tour, just a bit more time seems to have been spent on its appearance this go-round (the black figures that were supposed to be the crowd in on tour return, but with pigments of color this time, hooray). More songs equals more fun, same grip is used (so maybe not as revolutionary), bit better graphics, 2 new characters, if you enjoyed on tour there's no reason to like Decades a little bit more. Full Review »