Activision Launches Guitar Hero Live on iOS

The music rhythm game can be played using touch controls or a new Bluetooth guitar controller.

Activision Publishing has announced the launch of Guitar Hero Live on mobile devices. Developed by FreeStyleGames, the music rhythm game introduces a new guitar controller and hundreds of songs to players across two gameplay modes: GH Live and GHTV.

In GH Live, players are presented with a first-person view of a concert crowd as they play each song. The crowd reacts during the song, depending on the player’s performance. Meanwhile, GHTV is a ‘playable music video network,’ allowing gamers to play each song while its official music video plays in the background.

Guitar Hero Live

The mobile app for Guitar Hero Live is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store, and gives users a free trial of both game modes with touch controls. A mobile bundle is available to purchase in stores for $99.99, which includes a new Bluetooth guitar controller for use across Apple devices (including the Apple TV version of the game, which is coming later this year), or users can purchase the full digital game via in-app purchase for $49.99, and continue to play the game using touch controls.

If playing with touch controls, the game asks users to tap on buttons across the bottom of the screen when notes pass over them. Players can hold their finger(s) on buttons to sustain long notes, and can wiggle their finger to activate the whammy effect. Depending on the note pattern, users can slide their finger across multiple buttons to complete a chain of notes. These notes are connected by lines, indicating users can swipe, rather than tap to complete the chain.

As players tap notes containing lightning bolts, they charge a special Hero Power meter. When filled, users must tap the Hero Power button at the side of the screen to trigger the effect, which doubles the points they earn from future notes for a limited time. Multiple difficulty levels are available for each song.

In addition to purchasing the full game bundle in stores, Activision has partnered with T-Mobile to allow qualified customers to purchase the bundle for $0 down and $4.16 per month for 23 months, and a final payment of $4.31, for a final retail price of $99.99.

Guitar Hero Live is also available for home consoles in the one-guitar bundle, and an additional bundle offering two guitar controllers for $149.99. If playing the game on a console, users can download the free Guitar Hero Live Companion app on iOS, and use their phone as a microphone to sing along to the game’s vocal tracks. Guitar Hero Live also supports real-world USB microphones.