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Rate: 76% /100 Price: $1999   Buy Rock Tour for Windows   Download demo Rock Tour

Reviewed by Yuri Storchak

Genre and what to do:
Strategy game. This game presents one of the greatest management games. During the game you ought to do many interesting things. The main task is to manage your rock group. First of all you must choose one of five different up-and-coming bands to manage - three of which have to be unlocked. As you understand first time the band must start small, playing local gigs with tiny audiences. While playing they can slowly gain fans and enough acclaim to move to bigger and better venues. That is, if you can keep everything together. At the beginning you have to book the band a steady stream of shows for them to earn money and fans, which are done by clicking the star icons that appear on a map. From there, you can select which songs the band performs, set a ticket price, and decide whether to invest in advertising to potentially increase the audience turnout. First of your entire band must have a good show, and for this you must control their repetitions. You can click on any of the five band members to make them practice their instrument to increase their skill level, or to rehearse particular songs. Step into Rock Tour and learn the cut-throat business of the music business.

Style and atmosphere inside the game:
Behind every great band is a great manager. Even though it's not half as glamorous as actually being on stage, without a manager there would be no one to book the shows, advertise, stroke fragile rock egos, and of course ensure a steady cash flow. You work in such atmosphere of super stars, glamour life and war for popularity. Rock Tour is a very thorough game that leaves almost no stone unturned in tapping into the business of rock n' roll. The 49-part tutorial burdens the player with an overwhelming amount of information. It is really useful that this information you get right at the start of the game instead of pacing it out and allowing the player to learn by doing. The interface could have been a bit smoother as well. In every tab, the command to close is in a different place and font, which is disorienting. There is a map where you can see your ratings in different states. And when the map zooms out it can get hard to see individual stars and possible to miss some if your band bus is covering it. Once zoomed out, there's no obvious way of zooming back in, either. The really exciting thing is that each band you manage has its own members with unique personalities, a storyline of sorts, and a goal to work towards, which might include getting a certain number of fans, or achieving a certain band star rating. If you want to be a group manager, or maybe you want to have you own group, then you can start to train and learn many useful things about this world of rock.n roll.

Offline gameplay: 1 player
Multiplayer: No
Publisher: BigFishGames
ESRB Ratio: Everyone

Extras and features:
· 5 Unique Playable Groups
· Inimitable Rock Soundtracks
· Useful 49-parts Tutorial
· Disorienting interface

Requirements: Windows 98/2000/Me/XP/2003/Vista,Processor: PII 450 MHz,DirectX 8.1,128 MB RAM,Free hard drive space: 55 MB,AGP,Sound Card

Alternative names: Rock Tuor, Rok Ture, Rock-n-roll Tour, Roc Tur.

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