Review: Guitar Hero: On Tour, for Nintendo DS

Ever since My husband and I got Rock Band for the Wii, our friends have had the discussion, “Which is better, Rock Band or Guitar Hero, World Tour? Well, I finally got to play Guitar Hero: World Tour for the Wii at a friend’s house, and I loved it! I have to say that the songs are better on Guitar Hero, and there are more nuances to the game — not to mention that it’s a little more challenging!

Through Mom Central, I got to try out Guitar Hero: On Tour, Modern Hits for the Nintendo DS. I have always wondered how Guitar Hero would be possible to play on a DS, without a guitar. You basically attach an extension to the DS, strap it onto your hand, and bush the buttons just like on the GH Guitar. It’s ingenious, really!

Here is what the company, Activision PublishingInc./RedOctane, says about the product:

Handheld guitar gods can now choose how they raise-up their band from the underground music scene to GHOT Modern Hits Bundle Contents[1]worldwide rock stardom in Guitar Hero® On Tour: Modern Hits. Featuring a set list comprised of 28 master tracks from influential artists including Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, Tenacious D, The Strokes and Weezer, Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits expands on the innovative Guitar Hero® gameplay on the Nintendo DS by introducing an all-new Fan Request system that challenges players to jam like never before. Fret board fanatics can once again unleash their inner rock stars anytime, anywhere as they hone their shredding skills and jam to face-melting modern rock tracks from the last five years in Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits.


* Rock out to today’s hottest tracks – Shred along to 28 master tracks, all modern rock hits from some of the hottest bands including Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, Tenacious D, Weezer, The Strokes and more. Players will tour through five all-new venues that are as extreme as the tunes played in them.

* Choose your path to stardom – For the first time ever, players can choose how they take their band from the underground music scene to worldwide rock stardom with the exciting non-linear gameplay progression in Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits.

* Do it for the fans – Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits delivers an all-new gameplay experience with Fan Requests. By completing Fan Requests players build their fan base and open up new challenges to rock-out like never before including jamming to an entire song in Hyperspeed, battling it out in a Guitar Duel with active Bomb Notes or whammying every single hold note in a song.

* Rock out anytime, anywhere – Fans can take the Guitar Hero experience wherever they go with Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits. The Guitar Hero™ Guitar Grip™ mimics a guitar fret board and fits seamlessly in people’s hands to deliver the same core gameplay that defines Guitar Hero.

* The party never stops – Song streaming features allow players of Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits and its predecessors, Guitar Hero: On Tour and Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades, to share songs via local wireless connectivity. Players can rock out together in multiplayer modes, jamming to tracks from all three versions of the game.

Once I figured out how to put the extension onto the DS, it was really easy to figure out the game. Check out my video below or a demonstration. As a musician, I love any good game having to do with music, so I dove right in. It took me a while to get the rhythm exactly correct. I usually feel the rythm, so trying to watch the dots come was a challenge. It was really great for hand-eye coordination, though!

As far as comfort while playing, I had to keep telling my self to relax. I was majorly tensing up my hand just from the concentration. It was a little tricky to reach my pinkie up to the button, but I soon got the hang of it, and it was comfortable.

My kids were enamored with the game right away. They had fun watching me play, and my eight year old was able to play it with a little practice. The age recommendation on the game is 10+, and I think that’s a good guideline, for the size of hand required, and content of the lyrics. With my eight year old, I usually listen to the songs first and play it with her, telling her which ones are appropriate for her. I tried to let my 6 year old play, and she just couldn’t get the coordination. I WISH we had 2 DS machines so we could try out the wireless connection- apparently you can both play together through your DS wireless connection. Now THAT would be fun!

While I loved playing the game, I felt really old. Um… apparently, the Modern Hits version features bands from the past 5 years, and I didn’t know even ONE of them! If you check out the Guitar Hero: On Tour Website, you can see the songs on all the versions. If I were to purchase this game, I would totally get the Decades, or original version, because I love most of the songs on those!

I give Guitar Hero: On Tour for the DS a thumbs up! Have you tried it? What do you think?


  1. i love guitar hero… we have it for the wii. probably the funniest thing is hearing my kids belt out “crazy train” by ozzi osborne in the car when nothing is on. and they LOVE to play “hit me with your best shot” from the other guitar hero game that we have (not world tour). they can play in beginner mode, reasonably well. i got kind of addicted for a while, but it started to give me headaches if i played for more than about 15 minutes. turns out some people get ocular migraines from playing too long (i discovered after a few of them were so bad that i had to go to bed for the night and i did some research).

  2. Oh, my gosh, seriously? Migraines? Once I start playing I play forever! I loved the one with Pat Benetar on it! I think I’m going to watch for the other versions used for the DS.