posted by TheSolly (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Jan 28, 2013
Member since May 2009
This game is just plain silly fun, regardless whether or not you get all the references being made to the 1980's heavy metal scene. Those that remember those days will fall in love with the sheer parody being leveled at their past.
Jack Black found his calling as a cartoon. His performance in BL is arguably better than anything he's done in films. Here Black gets to run wild with his love of that time in music that came off as hammy in School of Rock. He simply OWNS this role.
A parade of real life rock stars voice virtually every main character, often making jokes at their own expense. The melding of music and the fantasy world shows great creativity, such as bass strings made from metal spider webs. This game was nothing if not a labor of love for someone.
The game's world is large and varied, but a bit sparse on things to do in it. Repetitive mini-games and easter eggs provide a reason to tool around and take in the sights, but you essentially do the same half dozen things outside of the main storyline. None of it is required, but at least they tend to be pretty fun.
The game attempts a radical departure into the RTS tower-defense genre, but generally fails. It's a creative take on an RTS battle, being a concert setting. But it's the least engaging and fun element in the entire game. Luckily you're forced to do it a very few times. It has some potential but is largely forgettable.
This is a game that I was left wishing there was just MORE of. Everything in it was fun, quirky, and mixed challenge with simplicity really well, and made me smile constantly.
People unfamiliar with the time Black is both mocking and worshipping may find better examples of each individual game element somewhere else- but if you're iPod already had Angel Witch and Celtic Frost on it- then trust me when I say this is a game you'll at least throw a couple devil horns to before you're done.
A favorite that I play as much for it's soundtrack than it's action.