Mixed or average reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 50
  2. Negative: 2 out of 50
  1. I do like the Lego aspect of this game; it makes it stand out from the other Rock Bands (except perhaps The Beatles). The music selection is great and the rock challenges are fun.
  2. It’s a fun family experience, though not so tepid that it’ll be lost on others.
  3. 83
    It doesn't stand on its own quite as well as some of this year's other music titles, but it's still a fun, quick romp through pop music seen through a Lego filter.
  4. Grab your sense of humor and your plastic axe and give Lego Rock Band a try.
  5. It may not have the full Live functionality, but those looking to play in-house with the family will not miss it. The new gig types, youth-oriented gameplay options, and ability to add the import the tracks here for use with Rock Band 2 (with an 800 MS Point fee) make this well worth the lower $50 price tag.
  6. A truly fantastic surprise. [Feb 2010, p.86]
  7. It’s easy to be skeptical of LEGO Rock Band as a quick cash grab, but Traveller’s Tales’ trademark LEGO silliness blended with a few interesting new mechanics from Harmonix elevates the game to a level fans of both series shouldn’t brush off.
  8. Despite the lack of online play and songs missing from the set list, Lego Rock Band's happy presentation, enjoyable soundtrack and rockin' gameplay will keep you entertained for quite some time.
  9. At the end of day veterans of band games, and newbies alike, really can’t go wrong picking up Lego Rock Band for some virtual shredding, drumming, and singing fun.
  10. LEGO Rock Band does a great job of tailoring the core rhythm gameplay to its intended audience. And if you've ever been a fan of LEGOs and have even a passing interest in music games, you'll have some fun with these blocky rockers.
  11. Although Lego Rock Band does lack online multiplayer and the set list isn't nearly as fleshed out as Rock Band 2, it still has some neat little things going for it, mostly stemming from the use of the Lego license.
  12. The game's story mode and character customization are so much more fun than your usual career mode.
  13. Like in all the other Rock Band games a vast variety on different songs is available. Enjoy many hours of fun, alone or with your friends – it’s your choice.
  14. The Lego appeal is ultimately superficial, so you'll only really buy this if you like the music. If the 40-odd songs seems like a good deal for 50 bucks, than pawn the Fender Stratocaster and start rocking.
  15. LEGO Rock Band is both for kids and experienced players, since the expert level is still a tough one. It's a really cute game and well done as an overall, but there should have been more songs, especially considering the price and the fact that you will be asked to play them over and over before you get to the end of the single player campaign.
  16. Whether you're young or old, the LEGO characters and cute vibe will likely appeal to your sensibilities. All in all, LEGO Rock Band is a quality game that will get the whole family jamming together.
  17. The formula may be starting to show it’s age at this point, but as ever the great team at Traveller’s Tales has worked hard to keep this latest addition to the Rock Band canon fresh and inviting by doing what it does best; deliver a wacky and comedic spin on an existing format, full of unlockables and tweaks that will keep kids entertained for hours.
  18. This charming rhythm game is especially good for first-timers, but it's a little light on content.
  19. 75
    Lego Rock Band really does a great job of delivering top-quality presentation and a decent array of songs. Considering you can export the tracks the price tag (even with DLC license fee) you are still getting a bargain.
  20. This is the Rock Band game that all the family can easily enjoy. If you’ve been struggling finding a music game that you won’t have to monitor the song list, Lego Rock Band will put your mind at ease.
  21. Even with the gigs and events to participate in, Lego Rock Band is, with its lack of any new features, essentially a lego-skinned track pack. [Jan 2010, p.72]
  22. Lego Rock Band is a fun title, its just a shame that it is lacking a few features as otherwise it could have been a truly great title.
  23. The Beatles: Rock Band was a success because of its incredible soundtrack and a pure vision when it came to presentation. On top of that, it was the best iteration on Rock Band’s gameplay elements to date. Lego Rock Band tries to drink from the same well and even has the benefit of tapping a seemingly new audience. But, due to poor setlist choices and stability issues, it’s just not up to snuff when held up against the already impressive Harmonix offerings.
  24. Lego Rock Band is a good musical game, which perhaps will fall short for players who enjoyed Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band.
  25. I suppose the game will ultimately find its limited audience, but for the majority, this is a track pack of fun, lighthearted, and easy songs wrapped up in a LEGO-style design that is starting to wear out its welcome.
  26. LEGO Rock Band made some steps to make music games more accessible to families and children, but it gets lost in the songs list, too small and poor of real pop hits, at least for us Europeans. It's a nice gift for a kid (you'll have to separately buy the instruments, too), but not very interesting for music games hardcore fans.
  27. 70
    It's a kind of pricey track pack of a bizarre setlist for a really fun rhythm game.
  28. 70
    It's fun while it lasts, but it certainly won't blaze any new trails as far as virtual rockstardom goes, and diehard fans of Rock Band should hope that the devs return to their hard rocking roots for the next genuine installment.
  29. 70
    The game is cute with charming LEGOs but there isn't as much of a game as even Rock Band 2. The family-friendly soundtrack is sure to broaden the appeal of this game but there are better options available if that isn't a primary concern.
  30. It’s a fun game, and a good option if you’re in dire need of an all-ages music title, but longtime fans of the series probably won’t find this as satisfying as any of the other Rock Band games.
  31. Overall, I had a lot of fun with Lego Rock Band. Although there should be more music and modes on the disc, the ones that are on there are fantastic.
  32. Lego characters and some great songs don't guarantee a new feeling to a brand that is becoming old.
  33. Ultimately as pointless as it is lovable.
  34. It hits its target audience just as precisely as Band Hero, but with a lesser degree of cynicism. Our misgiving is that it doesn't really feel like a Lego game, as the building experience is limited to making bands and customising their home. A good one for Christmas, so long as you don't expect it to last long into the New Year.
  35. 70
    LEGO Rock Band has become a decent game which is especially meant for children. You can expect another tracklist then usual. The LEGO style is nice to look at for a while, but adults can better choose another music game to play.
  36. The combination still makes little sense but if Lego Freddy Mercury doesn't make you smile nothing will.
  37. Amazing highs marred by a few missed opportunities. [Christmas 2009, p.102]
  38. Boasts a wider appeal than Band Hero but falters on the length of its challenge. [Issue#54, p.90]
  39. Lego Rock Band tries to cater to adults and kids, but in the end isn't too successful in that. While the game certainly looks fun for everyone thanks to the use of Lego, the choice of music certainly isn't for everyone and the lack in online options can be a deal breaker as well. It's still an enjoyable music game, but not very balanced.
  40. I'm sure that some people will be disappointed to find that this Rock Band release features a relatively small track list, is missing some of the features found in other Rock Band games, and doesn't support the full catalog of downloadable tracks available for Rock Band.
  41. For those about to rock, pick something else.
  42. 60
    I'm left wondering who Lego Rock Band is really for. It seems to be trying to cater to everyone, but it ends up simply unfocused, and occasionally outright sloppy. It doesn't actively offend, but it's nowhere near a must-have, even for serious music-game fans.
  43. In the end, LEGO Rock Band just doesn't do a terrific job of justifying its existence as a standalone game.
  44. Lego Rock Band is a fun game, but clearly inferior to any other game of the franchise.
  45. 60
    Children will manage it, and Super Easy mode (where hitting any note counts) makes Rock Band accessible to the youngest generation yet.
  46. Lego Rock Band has some nice ideas, but a bad tracklist.
  47. The tracks become monotonous, and once the novelty of the LEGO characters wears off you’ll be wishing you bought a different Rock Band title.
  48. Lego Rock Band is a watered-down version of the original; dressed up, for sure, but with few places to go.
  49. The overall package feels lazy—something adorable blocks can’t hide.
  50. It seems like this game was made with the motto "Make it cute" instead of "Make it fun."
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Otend
    Jan 7, 2010
    I am a hardcore gamer (playing everything from Shin Megami Tensei to Half-Life), and I've loved the Rock Band series. This entry is I am a hardcore gamer (playing everything from Shin Megami Tensei to Half-Life), and I've loved the Rock Band series. This entry is solid as usual. There's a sense of humor here that's irresistible, and the song list, while seeming hit-or-miss at first glance, provides enough to keep you satisfied. Full Review »
  2. AJ
    Nov 21, 2009
    Skinned differently and repackaged with new feels like hardly any effort was put into it. Normally I would have given this a Skinned differently and repackaged with new feels like hardly any effort was put into it. Normally I would have given this a 3...maybe 4, but I'm making up for fanboy scores. Full Review »
  3. CalebH
    Nov 12, 2009
    If there