However, Rolling Stone: Drum King is like Wii Music, in that only the remote and nunchuck controls are needed – there are no plastic drum kit capabilities here. This experience offers the effect, appearance, and physics of drums without the actual hits that tangible drum kits can provide for that realistic sensation. Drum King boasts that no peripherals are needed, which saves some bucks, but we are dealing with wants here, not necessarily needs. Players looking for that tactile experience will not find it here.
Control combinations are offered (two remotes instead of the remote-nunchuk combination), but a customization option considering right- and left-handed players would’ve been great. The left hand remote setting (drumstick hand) for the remote in the remote-nunchuk control scheme makes sense in the drummer’s scheme (the right hand is typically more active used for the hi-hat, cymbals and tom pick-ups so the lighter nunchuk is appreciated), but giving you the option to switch hands would be nice. The game could’ve featured the individual drummers more and offered customization options for your surrounding band members.
Two multiplayer modes, a double drum battle and drum battle, are competitive and co-operative respectively. Unlockable items include the songs, more detailed venues, and accessories. The price is right for this air-drumming extravaganza at $19.99, but the low replay value due to a limited song set and even more limiting controls/reaction times are so wrong. Even experienced drummers and music game veterans will experience too much adjustment and frustration instead of more fun.
Rolling Stone Drum King is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for song lyrics.