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Hannah Montana: Music Jam review

AT A GLANCE
  • Being a one-person band
  • Strumming the hours away
  • Not ever playing story mode
  • Worthless music video editing mode
  • Excruciatingly-paced story
  • Weak minigames

Not that the music creation is complicated, it’s just much deeper than anything else in the game, and allows for a decent range of rhythm and melody application. You record four instruments separately, essentially being your own complete band. First you lay down your rhythm guitar track (with handy metronome to keep beat), by strumming across the strings with your stylus. You can change chords by holding a direction on the d-pad, as well as toggle distortion, and wiggle the whammy bar. You can pluck strings individually. You could lose hours just messing with the rhythm guitar.

But then you’ve got bass, which you can both pick and slap (by tapping the strings). And then you’ve got lead guitar, where you can bend strings to create bluesy or glam-y solos. Finally, you’ve got drums, where the whole set is displayed on the touch screen, and you can tap away to create any beats you want. The only real flaw in this mode is with the drums - you can’t hope to make a complex beat with just the stylus, and tapping the screen with your fingers doesn’t register consistently. Luckily, you can use the DS buttons, although it takes some getting used to.



If you want to make your own music in a fun and intuitive way, and can somehow put your dignity on hold, you could get a lot of use from Hannah Montana. And don’t worry - you don’t ever have to play the story mode - you can just jump right to the music from the main menu.

Still, there is a whole lot of game other than the music creation, and unfortunately it drags down the overall score. There’s a music video editing mode, which is horrid and useless - why would anyone want to actually watch a low-poly character run through awkward looped animations, set to ultra-cheesy pop music with no vocals? It’s doubtful even little girls would like it.

More Info

Release date: Nov 07 2007 - DS (US)
Available Platforms: DS
Genre: Children's
ESRB Rating:
Everyone

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