Aspiring musicians who find it hard to juggle their work with their play can rest easy, as Jam With The Band, the Nintendo DS' portable music maker, is now available at The Hut for just £11.05!
This is the cheapest deal around at the moment, and with free delivery I wouldn't hesitate if you're interested. It impressed critics enough to earn an average score of 80 on MetaCritic, earning the title of "best rhythm game on DS" according to The Official Nintendo Magazine.
Jam With The Band is essentially two games in one. At its core, it's a music rhythm game. Use the stylus to strum a virtual guitar on the touch-screen, or sing into the internal mic and hit the right notes. Over 50 songs are already installed, but if you grow bored of this selection, you can use Wi-Fi to download further tracks to master. The Wi-Fi can also be used to connect 8 DS' and compete over a variety of game-modes. You're singing will even be crosschecked by the DS' internal Simon Cowell simulator to determine what track suits you best!
As well as the traditional rhythm based modes, Jam With The Band is also a surprisingly well-featured music creation tool. For newcomers to music making, there's a very simple mode which records your humming and translates it into a synthesized beat. You can even play a pre-recorded melody, which the DS will store and allow you to tinker with. However, if you're hungry for a more meatier challenge, Jam With The Band also comes with an advanced step-sequencer application, allowing you to regulate the rhythm and timing of your beat, loop instruments and melodies, and so on. Your home-made beats can then be shared via Wi-Fi for other Jam With The Band owners to play with and master.