Guitar Hero: On Tour Review
Guitar Hero: On Tour box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Vicarious Visions 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: RedOctane / Activision 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: June 22, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Career mode allows you to keep track of your scores and find out your weak spot in each song, which you can practice individually for best results. You can also choose your favorite character and customize it a little by purchasing outfits at the Store. The guitars are also customizable, and some of them are hard to unlock! That's why it's important to try to improve your skill little by little and play in difficulties other than Medium and Easy. Hard and Expert are very challenging, but if you don't mind playing till your hands are about to explode, all that extra guitar-shredding will pay off with new unlockables. If you're worried about sharing the game with someone else in your household, worry no more! On Tour lets you save three different profiles, so everyone gets a chance to play.

Guitar Hero: On Tour screenshot

The characters included in the game are not very interesting. Some, like Axel Steel, have appeared in previous games. Others are exclusive to this new installment, but they're not very original. The 3D visuals in general lack detail. They're a little disappointing when you compare them to other DS games we've seen lately. The venues (Subway, Rooftop, Parade, Greek Arena, and Battleship) are a bit tacky and simplistic for my liking. However, I liked the overall design of the game, including the menu interface, the guitar designs, and the few drawings and caricatures you'll come across.


The game also plays fairly well, which is the most important part about it. Since we have no strum bar, you'll have to strum by hitting the cords back and forth with the stylus on the touch screen. It's a good way to do it, though I got the feeling it wasn't completely accurate. There are a few occasions during every song when the notes don't register, even though they were hit correctly. It's a bit frustrating, especially when you lose the multiplier or the chance to suck up some "Star Power" juice. Also, in order to activate "Star Power" you'll have to yell "Rock On" at the microphone, or simply make a noise or blow at it. It'd be funny to be playing while on the plane and have to yell, so blowing will work best for everyone, even if you end up looking like a goofball anyway. I also have to point out sometimes the "Star Power" goes off by itself if you're in the middle of a crowd and there's noise in the background. This didn't bother me too much, but it may bother those who are trying to obtain perfect scores.

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I'm going to give this game 4.2 out of 5 because it's great overall. It's awesome to be able to play Guitar Hero wherever you are, the song list is nice and varied (though too short), and the gameplay is almost perfect. The only downsides are you may get some serious tendinitis in your wrist if you play for too long, and the game feels like you're playing Guitar Hero rather than an actual guitar, which is the biggest attraction for the console counterparts.

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

The menu interface and drawings on the splash screens are neat, but the stages, characters, and animations are missing the "wow" factor.
The Guitar Hero Grip feels natural at first, but it's not very ergonomic (playing in small doses is recommended). The touch screen controls will never replace the strum bar, but they're okay.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
On Tour features a small song list, but the choices are varied and fun to play. Even when using headphones the sound quality is not great, but it's good enough to have a great time.

Play Value
Guitar Hero lovers will have loads of fun playing this game on the go. Duel battles are incredibly amusing, especially against friends rather than the CPU.

Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Rock out anytime, anywhere: Fans can now take the Guitar Hero experience wherever they go with Guitar Hero: On Tour. The Guitar Hero Guitar Grip is an ergonomic extension that mimics a guitar fret board and fits seamlessly in people's hands to deliver the same core gameplay that defines Guitar Hero.
  • Strum with the stylus: Included with the game is a new Guitar Hero pick-stylus that allows gamers to strum away in style on the touch-activated screen of the DS.
  • Jam with friends: On a local wireless network, friends can join together to play in co-op mode, or challenge one another in a Guitar Duel using new battle items unique to the DS platform.
  • Become a rock legend: Players can blow into the microphone to extinguish a pyrotechnics effects gone wrong, or use the touch screen to autograph a fan's shirt in the middle of their set.
  • Personalize your experience: With a vast collection of Gibson guitars, five unlockable venues, and six characters to choose from - including two new rockers exclusive to Guitar Hero: On Tour - gamers can personalize their Guitar Hero experience to their heart's desire.
  • Pick a song, any song: Fans can prove their shredding skills on the most diverse set list of master tracks ever offered on a Guitar Hero game, including classic rock, pop, and alternative favorites such as Nirvana, OK Go, and No Doubt.

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