I am really glad I shelled out the cash for this. I bought this game to help me bond with my recently acquired step daughter. She always watches me when we go to the arcade and I play Guitar hero. For me though I think guitar hero and rock band are just not child friendly enough. I heard about Lego rock band and despite the mixed reviews and the hefty price tag I thought I would check it out. How glad I am. Lego Rock band takes the rock band franchise and makes a concerted effort at making itself accessible, fun and playable.
One of the strongest things about this game is the difficulty levels; you can set it so a family of mixed ages and ability can all join in. This gives it that pick up and immediate play factor and heightens in on the whole family game genre. My step daughter is just ten years old and had never played the game before but just imagine after a few minutes in the tutorial we were rocking out to Ghostbusters by ray parker junior, and You give love a bad name by Bon Jovi. What's more, as her skills improved the game kept up and she was still challenged on the guitar with chords, riffs and hammer ons, yes you read that right, hammer ons!
I love the way the Lego aspect is used in this game, it is full of humour which provides much needed relief and to see the Lego versions of Freddie Mercury and Brian May move and sing along on set to their tracks has to be seen to be believed. It is also worth mentioning that just like rock band you can create your own Lego character to use in the game and they can be fun if you base them on yourself which is what we did.
The set list is another great gem, it was really a neck and neck decision between this game and band hero, but in the end I went for Lego rock band because the tracks are just more fun. As with all of these types of games there are always a few less popular ones but this one tends to have the least.
One last thing I would like to mention about this game is that whilst you can download tracks from Rock bands online content, because of its child friendly nature I found that tracks compatible were quite limited which is a shame. I would like to see more tracks to rock out to, 65 tracks might seem like a lot but in reality when it comes to repeated play which is what happens when you play with young children, you need at least 20 more plus downloadable content which is why I think I will be lucky if this game gets played at all after boxing day, which is a shame as it is great fun.