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  • Summary: Jam Sessions is a music experience that transforms the Nintendo DS system into a portable guitar. Players literally strum the guitar via the Touch Screen and select chords with the +Control Pad. Now even the most "non-musical" person to become an instant rock star. The portability of the DS system makes Jam Sessions a concert-on-the-go, perfect for parties, commuting to school/work and other social gatherings. Jam Sessions appeals to a wide audience of music lovers and creative souls. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. An amazing, versatile program that is perfectly suited for a handheld system. You can plug in headphones and silently rock out on the bus, or you can plug it into an amplifier, crank it up, and play for an audience. This is a must-have for any musician or music-lover.
  2. Don't expect this game to turn you into any kind of music expert if you're not one already, but if you already have some skill, Jam Sessions is a surprisingly good tool for any musician who wants to dabble in song creation.
  3. 80
    To put it plainly, Jam Sessions works on basically one level, but achieves near-mastery in it.
  4. 70
    The one killer drawback to Jam Sessions is that you can't play individual notes.
  5. 65
    While it's an excellent package worthy of further investigation for those interested in music, it's likely to be quite a disappointment to those interested in buying a game.
  6. This is no Guitar Hero, or even a rhythm-action game, but something more akin to a portable notepad for musicians. [Nov 2007, p.97]
  7. Jam Sessions is a neat idea and a unique way to tinker around with your DS, but if you aren't a hardcore musician, I can't see anyone finding much appeal in this title.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. JohnG.
    Sep 23, 2007
    Great game, it's so easy to use and just pick up and play. The controls are incredibly intuitive and sensitive. I wouldn't compare it to Guitar Hero because it's NOT a Guitar Hero game. It is meant to be a creativity based game, not some button pressing rhythm game in which you can only play preloaded songs and aren't able to record you're own stuff. Expand
  2. EricE.
    Sep 14, 2007
    This "game" is great! I'm a music teacher and I just got this game. I'm working on getting this into the curriculum just because it is so much fun. I've played piano for 22 years, but have never had time to pick up and learn the guitar. This is literally the next best thing. Expand
  3. JasonO
    Feb 2, 2008
    This is the only game i ever bought that in 2 weeks traded back. I thought it was going to be a good game because I liked the idea of it being a guitar on your ds but no its just some "game" that lets you sound like a guitar with really bad distortion options, maybe its because I play guitar and wanted it to sound better, plus you can't do "power chords" on here either major down fall. This game gets a 2 because thats the amount of weeks i had it before I traded it in. Expand
  4. ChrisO.
    Sep 21, 2007
    This isn't a game, nor is it a very useful utility for guitarists, or those learning to play. Basically, this is Guitar Hero without any challenge whatsoever. And let's not mention how ridiculous a person would look if they whipped this out and started "strumming their DS" on the bus. Expand