Music Mayhem Magazine Ranks the Best Music Games

Music games can be hit and miss, but many follow a tried and trusted formula these days.

It is rare that something truly innovative comes along to shake things up, but this has happened a few times in the past.

With plenty of us stuck at home and trying to fill the hours, here are our favorite music games.

Guitar Hero

Where else could we possibly start in a list of the best music games then with Guitar Hero?

First released all the way back in 2005, Guitar Hero was a smash hit for original developer Harmonix, though it has changed hands a number of times since then.


Widely assumed to be based on Konami’s Guitar Freaks arcade game, Guitar Hero soon spawned a lot of imitations that were never quite as fun to play as the original game.

It is estimated that the Guitar Hero series has sold more than 25 million units around the world, making it one of the most popular video game franchises in history.

Aerosmith, Metallica and Van Halen were among the bands to get their own specific Guitar Hero game, while DJ Hero and Band Hero proved to be popular spin-offs from the main game too.

Sadly it seems as if the series has now died with Guitar Hero Live, the most recent release in the franchise, having been released to relatively minimal success in October 2015.

Guns N’ Roses Slot Game

Fans of Guns N’ Roses should definitely take time to try out the Guns N’ Roses slot game, which is one of the very best music-themed games available to play at online casinos now.

There are more slots themed on music than you can believe but the Guns N’ Roses slot – which is made by leading Swedish developer NetEnt – is without a doubt one of the best around.

Music from the iconic rock band is featured heavily in the slot, as players would expect, while randomly triggered bonus features will keep people coming back for more as well. Axl Rose and Slash feature in this slot, which has an Appetite for Destruction Wild feature too.

Guns N’ Roses are not the only rock band to have got their own casino game with a Motorhead slot also available to play, which is fitting as their singer Lemmy was a huge fan of slot games.

PaRappa the Rapper

We have to go all the way back to the mid-1990s for our next selection, with PaRappa the Rapper definitely one of the most fun and random music games we have ever played.

The title, which came out on the original PlayStation in Japan in 1996 and the rest of the world a year later, was a rhythm-based title with a uniquely Japanese sense of humour.

In the game, players control the eponymous Parappa and help him to rap his way through a series of weird and wonderful tasks. Follow-up sequel Um Jammer Lammy was also good, but it was not quite as entertaining as the first PaRappa the Rapper video game.

Players who want to give the game a go can get their hands on a remastered version of PaRappa the Rapper, which is available now on the PlayStation 4.

Just Dance

Ubisoft’s Just Dance also has to make the cut, as there are few better party games out there.

It was 2009 when the first Just Dance game hit the shelves and new versions are still coming out now, showing how popular it continues to be around the world.

Just Dance sequels have been aimed at various types of music fans, with a Michael Jackson: The Experience game coming out as well as a Hip Hop Dance Experience version.

Apparently, there is now even going to be a Just Dance film coming out in the future!

Rock Band

Last but certainly not least, Rock Band earns a place in our list of the best music games, even though for many people it was a rip-off of Guitar Hero.

In fact, Rock Band was made by the original developers of Guitar Hero, Harmonix, who went on to create another hit series with a full band theme. The first Rock Band game came out in 2007 and reportedly sold a whopping four million copies around the world, as well as being a critical success and winning loads of industry awards.

Rock Band 2 was another hit, sticking to the same formula, while special instruments like the Fender Squier Stratocaster guitar were also made available to purchase. Later, the developers released The Beatles: Rock Band, which also sold millions of copies globally.

Even now, there is not much more fun that can be had on a music game than gathering some friends for a night playing Rock Band.

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