Few things in this world bond us together quite like music, that is except for games. Both music and gaming are able to inspire conversations, communities and shared enthusiasm amongst millions of people. So, it’s no surprise that the two industries have come together to create a number of music games from the rhythm action game Amplitude to the rock and roll Guitar Hero series.
In fact, there are so many music games in existence today including online games, console titles and mobile apps that it can be difficult to really figure out which ones are actually worth playing. After all, not all games are created equal so we’ve decided to find the best ones for you.
Dance Central 2
If you have a soft spot for music because it makes you look less weird if you’re listening to something while you’re dancing, Dance Central 2 is the game for you. You can be a pro or a total novice when it comes to dancing, it really doesn’t matter as long as you have the right moves to shake your way through the game. There’s even a Career Mode in Dance Central 2, unlike its predecessor, which means you’ll really have something to aim for.
Guns N Roses Slot
Any of our readers who happen to also be fans of iGaming will no doubt recognize this slot for its incredible appeal. Created by NetEnt as part of their NetEnt Rocks trilogy, Guns N Roses is arguably the best music game of its kind with 5 reels, 20 paylines, plenty of bonus features and a number of classic hits from the band it is based on. Sure, there are dozens of music themed online slots that can be found on a variety of sites, but Guns N Roses is definitely the one to try.
Released in April 2009, this PSP game is nothing if not charming. The idea is to beat a drum in time while cute little soldiers are sent to battle and hunt as they look for the promised land of Earthend. At first, getting your head around the commands – four drums that you must beat in order to get your Patapons to progress – may take a few goes but once you get into the rhythm of things you’re show to understand why this simple game is so massively popular.
Rock Band 3
When it comes to recreating the feel of performing in a live rock band, few games give you a more authentic experience than the Rock Band series. We’ve seen the dream of plastic guitars and karaoke-made-easy become a reality and been given a number of games that bring our secret ambitions to life, but it is by far Rock Band 3 that has the most to offer. Whether you’re playing solo or in a group, whether you want to play guitar, bass, drums, keys or sing vocals there are dozens of songs and sets to choose between in this game.
Music is a huge part of many people’s lives, so it's always great when we can really enjoy it by also playing our favourite games. Let us know your opinions on our picks an whether we’ve missed out your top music game.