Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Ultimate Band is a great title for those who have been daunted by the idea of using up limited space with extra gaming peripherals. The only downfall to the additional instruments is that playing multiplayer may be a little bit more difficult if you don’t have a full compliment of Wii Remotes and Nunchuks.
  2. Keep expectations in check, and your band should have a good time, even if it’s nowhere near the “ultimate” music game experience.
  3. Ultimate Band won't live up to the high expectations of most players who've already had a taste or Rock Band and Guitar Hero, but it's a perfect fit for families on a budget with younger kids who are just looking for something music-oriented to play.
  4. As an overall package, kids won’t be blown away but they will be entertained by the catchy music (even though every song is a cover), they’ll appreciate the gameplay variety (the frontman mechanics are weird but different), and enjoy the stylized visuals, which are quite inventive for Wii, a console that is usually slapped with dated graphics.
  5. Ultimate Band does have some great features, that really make the game interesting. However, interesting doesn’t necessarily make it fun. Control issues and the lack of a mic for the frontman position kill some of the potential, and the squeaky-clean feel of the story will put off veterans of other series’ out there.
  6. Ultimate Band is a game that has its heart in the right place but comes up short in execution.
  7. If nothing else, Ultimate Band proves that you don't need plastic instruments to feel like you're the second coming of Eric Clapton or Tommy Lee. The gesture-based controls are well-designed, fun to use, and contribute significantly to the experience.
  8. 62
    As it stands, UB will provide a solid distraction for less discerning younger gamers and their Wii Sports loving parents, but it's inconsistency in the realm of control will turn off a large portion of its potential audience.
  9. Control and design issues break up the band.
  10. It's a valiant effort, but you're inevitably left feeling less like a rock star and more like a novelty act. [Dec 2008, p.98]
  11. Ultimate Band can still be fun. It’s not horrific to play, and the multiplayer mode can be a laugh. Yet for the cost of the game and four Wiimotes with nun chucks, one could just purchase the full band version of Rock Band or Guitar Hero.
  12. The main problem is all the extra pointless gestures you have to do during songs. [May 2009, p.89]
  13. Ultimate Band is Disney's latest effort to create a worth-buying game. This time we have a very simple musical composition that lacks a bad an original gameplay system. Its a good game for children, but stay away from it if you're a Guitar Hero or a Rock Band fan.
  14. A game that can help me unwind and that I am able to play in front of my kids is a winner in my book.
  15. Granted, Ultimate Band is cheaper than competing music games like Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero: World Tour, and that would normally be a big plus. But when one considers just how much more game you get with those titles, how much longer they’ll last you, the savings isn’t really worth it.
  16. 25
    It's a fine idea, but in practice, Ultimate Band is a convoluted, inconsistent and inauthentic experience that emulates a phony lip-synching boy band more than a real rock experience.
  17. 25
    Ultimate Band embodies what I call the Grinch Effect -- unwitting parents buying terrible games that mimic popular ones, stealing Christmas away their children in the process. Kids, don't let the back of the box fool your parents -- make sure they know that you do, in fact, need instruments to rock.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. A.G
    Apr 27, 2009
    Looked cute, but brought my 9 year-old to tears of frustration trying to play. There's no "singing" in the game... just "frontman" controller wiggling that was no fun. Games aren't suppose to make kids sad. Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Dec 31, 2008
    THIS is what elementary age kids should be playing instead of Guitar Hero! More age appropriate graphics and songs. It would be more fun with a guitar accessory, but all 4 of my kids love it and can play all at once, ages 6-12. Full Review »