But, in the years since Guitar Hero and Rock Band faded from the spotlight, a new age of music-themed games has arisen thanks to the mobile games market. From the Android Play Store and on gaming platforms available through Chrome, people are falling in love with the duet of gaming and music once again.
Through the first few months of 2019, these are the games spurring the music-themed comeback.
Using famous music to enhance the experience
One of the most popular forms of gaming on mobile right now is at online casinos. Through apps and mobile websites, the gaming platforms offer hundreds of games so that everyone can find something that they can enjoy.
When it comes to music themed slotmachines, there is a huge range to enjoy, many of which feature the real tracks from real musicians – an element often not included in music game apps. For a long time now, the NetEnt titles Guns 'N' Roses and Jimi Hendrix have dominated the game genre, offering a set list of the very best tracks from the legendary performers as well as exciting features that are in tune with the musicians which they’re themed upon.
But it’s not just real-world artists who inspire these music-themed games, with many original creations delivering a musical offering. Banana Rock, for example, features a rock star monkey and many rock ‘n’ roll features. The slot Reel Talent has also proven to be very popular, taking the form of a singing competition for animals.
Topping the Android app charts
In the ocean that is the Google Play Store, many music themed app games have come and gone. Many follow the same structure as the legendary Guitar Hero games, whereas others have been a little bit more inventive.
In March 2019, Tiles Hop: EDM Rush!, Dream Piano – Music Game, and Magic Tiles 3 have stood firm as the top music themed app games. Tiles Hop delivers an exciting EDM game in which you can upload and play your favourite songs and try to complete the challenges posed by the game. Dream Piano features rapid tapping gameplay with the incentive to progress and unlock more songs. Then Magic Tiles 3 has adopted much of the mechanics of Guitar Hero, featuring intense online battle modes.
One game series that has stood the test of time in the Play Store is SongPop. Now only on its second game, SongPop 2, it’s one of the highest grossing mobile games in the genre, with its unique combination of popular tracks and quizzing proving to be a popular mix.
The genre may not feature among mainstream video gaming, but on the smallest screen, music themed games are certainly holding their own, providing music fans with new ways to immerse themselves in their favourite tracks.