The Naked Brothers Band is Nickelodeon’s answer to the Disney Channel’s The Jonas Brothers. While you have probably heard of the latter, the former isn’t quite so well known, outside of 9-14 year olds. In the game, which almost takes the title for longest video game name ever, you take control of the Naked Brothers Band as they travel around, performing live shows for charity.
Gameplay in Rock University Presents The Naked Brothers Band: The Videogame, or NBB as I am going to call it from now on, has you switching between members of the band and certain intervals during the song, performing moves on the touch screen. Certain instruments, namely the guitar, at least attempt to mimic the real movements on the screen, others, like the keyboard, don’t seem to follow the music at all. The singing is the worst of the bunch, because you are forced to trace a pitch bar on the screen, which doesn’t follow the pitch of the song at all. You are also forced to play every instrument, because the game doesn’t give you the option of staying with one instrument. So, while there is some mild fun to be had while playing the guitar, it is soon squashed as you are forced to switch to the other instruments.
The graphics and sound in the game are pretty substandard as well. The story line involves the NBB wanting to play their concerts for free, and the horrible, evil record company wants to charge for them. This is presented in still screens of the band, usually with them making a groan inducing joke in the process. The graphics are below what the DS is capable of. During the concerts, the band only moves through the same few frames of movement, looking stilted and flat. The sound in the game is adequate, but the songs are nothing you are going to go searching for on iTunes.
The developers did attempt to try to add something new by giving you the opportunity at the end of the concert to edit a video of it. While this is definitely an interesting feature, it merely points out the subpar graphics even more.
Rock University Presents The Naked Brothers Band: The Videogame is a pretty bad game. The graphics are nothing to write home about, the sound is adequate, but the gameplay leaves a lot to be desired. There is really nothing here for anyone other than diehard Naked Brother Band fans. There are definitely better choices in the rhythm game genre on the DS.
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