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Jam Sessions

Released on 28 September 2007

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

3.0 out of 5 (12 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Jam Sessions is a music simulation game that transforms your DS into a portable guitar, promoting singing and song-writing making Jam Sessions a complete concert-on-the-go entertainment system, perfect for parties and other social gatherings - simply hook up some external speakers via the headphone jack and you're rocking! Players will rock out, or smoothly strum, on the lower screen of the DS, producing an authentic sound that has been digitally re-mastered from an actual acoustic guitar.

Authentic Sound and Playability - Use the Nintendo DS Touch Screen to strum just as you would with a real guitar, while experiencing authentic, re-mastered guitar-chord sound.

Unlimited Soundtrack - Free-play design allows users to learn and play any song ever played using an acoustic guitar.

    Performance Mode - Play and sing songs from some of today and yesterday's most popular artists.

      A Musician's Dream - Experienced musicians can use Jam Sessions as an interactive notepad to write, play and save their own original music... anytime, anywhere.

        Not a Musician? - No problem. Advanced tutorial modes allow novice musicians to learn how to play guitar without paying for lessons! From ear training to learning chord progressions, users are provided first-hand guitar experiences using Jam Sessions.

          Complete Control - From sound to strumming style, it's up to you. Jam Sessions offers complete control over the music experience offering users the ability to add reverb, adjust stroke pattern and much more.

            Customisation - Let your style shine through as you choose between a variety of custom built backgrounds, while unlocking additional designs as a reward for performing well.

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             Average rating (12 reviews)

             Next to useless, and not much fun

            | | See all TheodoreKerabatsos's reviews (12)

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            As a guitarist, I thought this may be a fun little app for the DS which might also come in useful for recording interesting sounds or jotting down ideas. It is not.

            For any non musicians, this is possibly of even less interest and it probably wouldn't hold anyone's attention for more than five minutes. There's just a basic lack of fun or even hint of a challenge about the whole thing.

            There is only one guitar sound to choose from - a rather thin, acoustic type of tone - although you can add FX and tweak the tone, these are limited to just two at a time and not particularly pleasing either.

            The tag line invites you to play and sing and the literature raves about the use of the microphone and the record feature, but it's really a basic midi recorder - nothing that goes into the mic is actually recorded, so what's the point of using it at all?

            The DS system offers huge of opportunities for good music games/apps - so when are we going to see one?

             The Near Perfect Guitarist Tool

            | | See all Hikari's reviews (20)

            Firstly lets make this very clear, Jam Sessions is NOT "Guitar Hero for the DS" it does not have a rating system and really is not a videogame. So Disregard any reviews complaining about the lack of game content, because it plainly isn't

            What it is, is a portable acoustic guitar, with hundreds of different chords, easy to master to play, you can create your own songs, string things together (hark at the joke) to see how your creations sound, and much more.

            There's a bunch of pretty cool backgrounds and styles, as well as about 40 stored tracks, which include some famous artists, these are a little awkward to play along to, though they're good for a novice to see and play...Avril Lavigne!!

            Speaking of Novice, not a guitar fan but interested to learn to play? Come this way, it has tutorials on how to play different chords amongst other helpful things

            The negative, or rather, things I want to see in Jam Sessions 2 would be the choice of an electric guitar, the ability to pick notes (to create a solo), better distortion, and the ability to save more than just 5 songs

            However that's just nitpicking overall this is a great tool, no not game, get that into your head! *slaps* and well worth £25 for any guitar player!

             No 'Guitar Hero' in Sight

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            Firstly, it is important to realise exactly what is being offered in 'Jam Sessions'. This product is NOT a game. Most people have the mistaken idea that 'Jam Sessions' is a version of 'Guitar Hero' for the DS system, but this is simply not true.

            Basically, 'Jam Sessions' does what it says on the tin - well - box. It transforms your DS into a portable acoustic guitar. The good news is that it does come with an easy-to-learn tutorial on how to play the demo songs and compose your own music, and lots of handy hints of how to get that 'real' guitar sound. So what CAN you do in 'Jam Sessions'?

            'Jam Sessions' allows you to play a bunch of selected demo songs from Bob Marley to Avril Lavigne and many more.

            It also has a free-play function that allows you to compose your own tunes.

            It has an 'ear training' function where you can listen to a select group of chords being played and then you have to play them back correctly.

            It has a record function so that you can save and listen to your own
            compositions when you want to.

            It also has customisable options so that you can change the sound of the guitar and the background of the product.

            However, that is about it. As I said before, this is NOT a game. There are no scores for playing a song correctly etc. This is a semi-professional tool for musically inclined individuals who want to play and create music. If you are hoping for a game akin to 'Guitar Hero' etc, then you are sure to be disappointed.


            | | See all degahweb's reviews (7)

            I hate it when people review this product as a game. This is a tool for musicians, not a game. I play bass, so I thought this would be a nice software for time killing - And it is! It's relaxing to just lie in your bed and play a couple of songs. And you can always surf in the net and look for new songs to play. It's easy and you can play almost everything you want to. I hope they'll make JS2 and fix some problems. Please, add a electric guitar with good distortion effects! And Wi-Fi would be awesome, too!

            This product doesn't beat the real guitar, but if you're too lazy to learn to play it, or you just want to jam in a bus, subway etc. I recommend this!

             An Acquired Taste

            | | See all John858's reviews (4)

            As with some of the other reviews on this site, I must first point out that Jam Sessions is not a game, it is designed as a portable musician's tool. In that respect, most DS owners will NOT enjoy it.

            Jam Sessions allows you to strum your DS like an acoustic guitar, using directions on the D-pad to change chords. You have the ability to program the 16 chords on the palette (8 directions, plus 8 more while holding down the L button), allowing you to play virtually any songs that just require simple chord strumming.

            While Jam Sessions allows a lot of chord options, there are many chord which could (or should) have been included to make this package feel more complete. The ability to create your own chords by choosing notes is something which I was very suprised to find not included.

            The pre-programmed songs on this game, to be honest, aren't that good. The lyrics are not written in time and the MIDI playback is only available on some of the songs. However, this is not really a feature of the "game" that you should be taking into consideration when buying it.

            The effects you can add to your virtual guitar really don't sound particularly pleasant, however the natural acoustic tone is very nice.

            You are also able to record 5 songs, which is handy if you come up with something good but don't have any other recording options immediately available to you. However, the limited recording space does mean that recording can only really be used as a temporary thing, so that your creations aren't lost before you can transfer them to something else.

            This product really shines when you use it to accompany other peoples (or your own) singing, or for creating chord structures on-the-go, but doesn't do a lot else. Jam Sessions does seem quite rushed and not entirely thought-out like a product of this kind should have been. As a result, this is probably something you will specifically want, rather than something that may appeal to you.

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            Rating3+ (PEGI)