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  • Summary: Enter into the world of musical combat where your rhythmic skills and weaponized instruments are your tools for domination. Welcome to the Battle of the Bands. 5 music genres: Rock, Country, Marching Band, Hip Hop and Ranchero. 11 unique style bands. 30 licensed tracks (each in 5 genres totaling 150 songs). 70 special weapons and attacks/ In each game, a song will be played in one genre for about 10 to 15 seconds and then another, flipping back and forth. Points are earned by beat-matching, and successive matches will automatically launch weapons such as smoke bombs, land mines and flip outs. The more points earned, the more the music will be played in the player’s genre. Battle of the Bands: Prove your favorite music genre is better than the opponents’. Weaponized Instruments: Battle to the top of the charts with an array of artillery and attack styles. Intense Rhythm Action: Feel the rhythm by swinging the Wii-mote in sync with different music melodies. Innovative Music Switching: Explore chart-toppers mashing up in different genres. Versus mode: Heads-on battles perfect for social and party game setting. Adventure mode: Compete with bands of other genres one by one all the way to the Big Boss battle. Music player: Blast out all 150 songs. [THQ] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. It's not going to hog your life like "Guitar Hero," but it's addictive and has its own identity in the rhythm-action genre. [Issue#23, p.67]
  2. An original take on the rhythm/action concept and generally well executed on the Wii. Battle of the Bands nonetheless suffers from long-term issues that prevent this from being a must have.
  3. Give it a rental if you're thinking about picking it up, and try to play together with someone else to see what you really think about this one.
  4. There are better rhythm games out there, and without any real meat to it, Battle of the Bands feels like it has lost this one.
  5. The developers at Planet Moon deserve some props. They have created a somewhat original concept, but just failed on the execution side of the gameplay.
  6. 50
    It's definitely not on the level of the 'big boys' of music games, but with a better budget, more time and more effort, there's something lurking under there that has potential.
  7. Maybe instead of trying to make it work with the Wii-mote, they should’ve gone with the guitar and drums. Maybe they could’ve touched up the corners on their animations, so they didn’t look so blocky.

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  1. Jul 31, 2013
    Takes a good tune in on RockBand but songs are tight and unapproachable. Battle of the bands is just fun but nothing else. You'll get pains in your hand and muscles but still good graphics and addictive gameplay. Not bad. Expand
  2. IvoB
    Jun 19, 2008
    An interesting idea and a nice track list obviously aren't quite enough to make for a good rhythm game. Poor control ruins even the small ammount of fun you should be getting from this over simplistic game. Games like Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 have proven that even the simplest rhythm based games (or mini-games) can be a lot of fun. Unfortunately Battle of the Bands misses the opportunity to become poor man's (or kids') Rock Band. Expand