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Rock Manager (Windows)

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MobyRank
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3.4
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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.1
Overall MobyScore (7 votes) 3.4


The Press Says

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80
IGROMANIA
It’s rockin’ man, it’s rockin’! Rock Manager — отличная нервотрепка и смехотека на пару вечеров.
80
GameZone
Rock Manager is a great parody of the real record industry. If you ever wished you could be apart of your favorite band or put some annoying rock star in their place Rack Manager may be the game for you.
77
GameSpot
Rock Manager is a surprising game. Its combination of cartoon-style characters and foul-mouthed dialogue may shock you. But what's most surprising about Rock Manager is that it's a budget-priced management game that's actually quite good.
74
PC Gamer
Yes, Rock Manager is yet another one of those value-priced business sims flooding the PC gaming market. But it’s a surprisingly refreshing one that substitutes depth with attitude and fun.
73
CanadianGamer
This game is another rare treat that just happened across my desk a while back. What it offers is quality gaming; however, it doesn't offer quite enough of it to provide decent replay value. While the game is still fresh, it's a great simulation game. If you are a simulation player, and you are looking for a game that will give you several hours of enjoyment, Rock Manager may be just what you're seeking.
71
Game Over Online
So, despite some nice enough cartoon style graphics, and despite some very nice music, Rock Manager is just too lightweight to be a lot of fun. You can probably run through the included eight scenario campaign in about five hours, and even though completing the campaign allows you to play a freeform game where there aren’t any objectives, the campaign more than enough shows you what there is to do in the game, and there probably isn’t any reason to play beyond it, unless you really want to try out all of the included songs.
70
Eurogamer.net (UK)
And this is Rock Manager's biggest problem - the characters, songs and scenarios are varied and the humour mostly spot on, but the underlying gameplay is rather repetitive. Once you've mastered the basics of the game it's easy to work your way through all eight missions in two or three hours flat. The lack of any open-ended sandbox mode for you to just mess around in limits the replay value, and once you've finished the game all you can do is go back and try to get a higher score, or monkey around forcing a group of punks to play dance music. With a mid-range £20 price tag it's not unreasonable, but like the manufactured pop bands it lampoons, Rock Manager is fun but ultimately a little shallow and short-lived.
70
Jeuxvideo.com
Un titre amusant, plein d'humour et qui crée finalement une bonne surprise face à des softs de même inspiration mais qui ne parvenaient pas à se détacher de la soupe télévisuelle dans laquelle nous baignons depuis quelque temps. Rock Manager sans se prendre au sérieux passe en revue, non sans cynisme, quelques clichés de l'univers du Show Business.
70
Svenska PC Gamer
Det här är en bagatell som innehåller åtta uppdrag. Det är få, men å andra sidan kan Rock Manager med fördel spelas om och om igen. Det går ju att nå succé på många olika sätt. Grattis till svenska PAN som släpper detta annorlunda spel. Nu ska jag lotsa fram konceptbandet Space Cadets in i stjärnglansen. Säkerligen en utmaning.
65
JeuxVideoPC.com
« Il n’y a pas pire business que le show business ! », comme on l’affiche fièrement sur la boîte du jeu. Comme son nom l’indique, Rock Manager vous propose de revêtir la veste de manager d’un groupe de rock, du petit punk band de garage jusqu’au monstre sacré du heavy metal sur le retour. Il vous faudra donc composer avec des gens étranges et psychopathes, négocier avec les maisons de disque, enregistrer des tubes interplanétaires et compter les billets. Alors que l’on est assailli de toutes parts par des émissions de pseudo-réalité comme la Star Academy et assimilés, il est parfois bon de se rendre compte du vrai chemin de croix que représente l’accession au sommet des charts pour un groupe de vrais musicos. Enfin, toutes proportions gardées, bien sûr. Rock Manager n’est pas un jeu à prendre au sérieux.
65
GameSpy
Obviously, Rock Manager doesn't take itself too seriously. The game isn't as dry as spreadsheet-style Hollywood Mogul, but the fun slips away after only a short period of time. The game uses random events (like members quitting) well enough, but the downside is that you can train a member to be a better musician and then have one incident at a gig take all that away. Additionally, feuds with the media and other bands, or in some cases, fights within the band (hello, Oasis) are all too scripted and predictable.
63
Peliplaneetta.net
Pelistä jäi suttuinen maku ja suoranainen pettymys. Siltä odotti PALJON enemmän ideansa tarjoamien mahdollisuuksien valossa kuin mihin se sitten pystyi. Siinä on mukaviakin oivalluksia, kuten hieno ääninäyttely ja sutjakkaat letkautukset. Muilta osin, jopa äänissä, Rock Manager on aivan luokaton kertakäyttöpeli. Se innostaa vain kerran eikä uudelleen pelaamisella juurikaan arvoa ole! Yritys oli hyvä, mutta toteutus luokaton ja hätäinen. Pelistä olisi voinut tehdä paljon paremman ja monipuolisemman. Valitettavasti toiseen käteen syljetään, ja toiseen tehdään jotain vielä pahempaa, jota ei ole soveliasta julkisuuteen ilmoittaa. Luokaton toteutus ilmiselvästi hyvän idean sisältävään peliin pistää suorastaan vihaiseksi! Rock Manager ei rokkaa - ei vaikka kuinka haluaisi!
50
Super Play
Nä, Rock Manager känns halvfärdigt, och utnyttjar inte det lysande konceptet tillräckligt. Som det är nu spelar jag hellre det tio år gamla Rockstar Ate My Hamster till Amigan. Där kunde man i alla fall investera 150 dollar i exploderande hamstrar på scen.
50
IGN
Rock Manager is a good idea with a lot of character that ultimately ends up being enjoyable for only a few minutes. I liked the concept and I think the team could have done a lot with it, but it just doesn't rock like it should...it's more of a polka.
49
Armchair Empire, The
Rock Manager is an interesting concept. Released almost a year ago in Europe, Rock Manager gives you the chance to take a bunch of no-talent, tone-deaf “musicians” and make them rockstars, dealing with all the headaches that come along with the job. Given the circus that music production is – remember Milli Vanilli? – the possibilities are wide-open. So why is Rock Manager (RM) thin on fun and short on entertainment? To paraphrase the Bard, “F***! I’ll tell you.”
32
GameStar (Germany)
Training für Möchtegern-Bohlens: Als Superstar Manager stellen Sie eine Band zusammen und mixen in einem Simpel-Tonstudio vorgefertigte Songs. Deren peinliche Qualität passt zum Rest des Spiels: Zeitungen bestechen, Kneipen-Konzerte buchen – fertig ist der Chartstürmer. Nette Spielidee, öde Umsetzung.
30
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
With a total of four hours of gameplay (eight if you count the times technical failings made me repeat the first half), you don’t get much for your money. But if you have $20 burning a hole in your pocket and want to spend four hours of your life listening to annoying cartoon characters whine about their need for a vacation, then go for it.