Last Winter, my sister visited and brought along her Guitar Hero for the Wii System. Everyone was having so much fun while I moped in the corner because, for the life of me, I just couldn’t get it. I was horrible even on the easy level and I realized exactly why. I wasn’t familiar with the songs!
We are a Christian family and with 3 small children listening all the time, we mainly choose to listen to Contemporary Christian music. It conveys a great message. It’s encouraging and my children really love listening to rockin’ bands such as Toby Mac, Newsboys, Skillet, and Lincoln Brewster.
So, as the fun of gaming becomes more popular each year, I was incredibly excited to hear that Digital Praise is introducing Guitar Praise to the market. This is a Christian version of the popular guitar-playing video game Guitar Hero, but provides a family-friendly alternative with Christian music from top artists.
In an email from Digital Praise’s marketing leader, I was told “You won’t want to put the guitar down to write you blog!” She was correct in all aspects. Once I started playing the likes of Josh Bates and Toddy Agnew, laundry, dishes, and writing were pushed back on my to-do list! As a fun surprise, I didn’t have any issues conquering each song as I did with Guitar Hero. The songs were the everyday songs we hear in our household and it flowed easily out of my fingertips.
Guitar Praise features a USB guitar controller. Players press the fret buttons and strum on the strum bar in time to the color-coded notes as they scroll onscreen. With the option to buy an extra guitar, you can include a second player on the same track or one on lead, the other on bass. There are over 50 songs with 4 levels of play per song, from easy to expert. Record keeping lets players store high scores per song and unlock new songs in sets of six as they progress through the game. They can also earn new guitars with richer sounds and different effects.
What stands out to me about Guitar Praise isn’t just the fact that it features hit songs from popular Christian bands, but that those lyrics roll across the screen to add a vocalist into play. It reinforces the positive message of each song and creates the chance for an exciting group event.
Guitar Praise supports both Windows and Mac computers and includes one wireless guitar controller, a USB wireless adapter, plus the game CD-ROM. It does require 4AA batteries which are not included. The game is really easy to install. All you have to do is load the software, plug in the adapter, and turn the guitar on. You’re ready to play!
I had two small snags along the way, that were easily fixed after fiddling around a little. Both my husband and I couldn’t figure out how to pause the game. Simply press the space bar and you can run off to change a diaper or the kids can take out the trash like you asked them to do BEFORE they started playing. The main screens were a little confusing and, in some instances, we had a hard time navigating through it, but just understand that this is a computer game so don’t forget that, along with the guitar controller, the keyboard is of use to pause and exit by using the space bar and esc button.
Retailing for $99.95, Guitar Praise will be available in Christian stores, Amazon.com, and other mainstream retailers at the end of September 2008. You can also purchase a second guitar online at guitarpraise.com.
Go ahead, get that Youth Group together or Rock out at home with the kids with Guitar Praise!
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