Combine your love of gaming and your encyclopedic knowledge of popular music with any of these terrific music games for your iPhone. From trivia challenges for a group, to rhythm games for one, we’ve got an outlet for you to express your musical and gaming skills. Most games feature authentic tracks from original artists, so you’ll love to listen as well as play. Bring these gems on your next solo bus trip or to your next block party; the possibilities are endless.
The best music games for the iPhone
12 Aug 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
VOEZ is a rhythm game with a role-playing feel, and it’s a must-have for fans of the famous Deemo and Cytus games. A dynamic visual experience, the game boasts a huge music collection, with new tracks monthly. Create an account for real-time play with other users anywhere in the world. Users can share their scores through social media. As you progress, you engage with the characters in their big dream to bring music to the world. The more you play, the more songs are unlocked, motivating you to perfect your rhythm game skills.
- Rhythm game
- Huge music collection
- Real-time play
- Share scores with social media
- More play unlocks songs
Tap Challenge EDM is a Guitar Hero-inspired game for your iPhone. Combine your love of electronic dance, DJs, and top singers with your love of gaming, and take it with you wherever you go. The app uses selections from real tracks with original singers, and applies it to this fast paced and entertaining game environment. To play, tap notes when they are seen in scoring sections. Users with great musical instincts and dexterity will excel in this platform. The game's songlist is updated often, so there is always something new.
- Guitar Hero-inspired game
- Combines music with gaming
- Real tracks with original singers
- Songs update often
- Features electronic dance music and more
This is a highly addictive game in which you must populate an island with monsters. There are more than 100 monsters to choose from, and the great art work will only brings out their quirky characters. Each island has its own musical theme and must be decorated with structures of which there are dozens to choose from. Each monster will have a part to play in your musical symphony and each island you populate and decorate will have its own character. The developers of this game are constantly updating it with new features to keep it fresh and entertaining for the avid users.
- Choose from 100+ monsters
- Populate islands with musical themes
- Dozens of decorations and structures
- Beautiful audio effects and artwork
- Regular updates
This is a simple game wherein the user will be presented with a photograph and he or she must guess the music artist in the picture. Guesses can be made by picking out letters from a jumble of 16 letters given below each image. Users can play on their own or with friends. The game is easy to play but gets progressively challenging. There is no registration required and the developers add new levels with each update.
- Play solo or with friends
- Simple and addictive
- Progressively challenging
- No registration required
From the creators of the enormously popular Fruit Ninja comes Band Stars, a music-themed game for your iPhone. In this creative game, users create a band, record their own songs, and compete in challenges for fame and stardom. Watch your band climb the charts and compete with your friends to see who can get the most fans. Musical genres can be combined and users can adjust lyric styles to see what the virtual fanbase will love. Choose the most talented band members, create your own fantasy studio and earn money as you become a world famous music star. Features include points for doing solos, unlocking uniquely talented musicians, and the ability to upgrade your equipment.
- Create a band and record songs
- Climb the charts
- Compete with friends
- Choose band members
- Design a fantasy studio
Forget your Grandmother’s trivia game, King of Pop Quiz Stone® Michael Jackson Edition is a fantastic MJ-themed trivia game. This game can be played by one player or with many players, so you can pass the time by yourself on the bus or bring the fun to your next party. Choose one of the four available gameplay modes and test your music trivia expertise. Compete for the title of uber fan, and show off how well you know the King of Pop. Categories include gossip, music, movies, and more. Users can win tokens, submit suggestions for future content, or get support right inside the app.
- Michael Jackson-themed game
- Single-player or multiplayer
- Four gameplay modes
- Fun categories
- Win tokens
Music Sparkles is a music education app that provides a virtual instrument collection right on your iPhone. The app features 14 instruments for you to play. Users can simply tap and play to create their own music. Tap to select drums, guitars, saxophone, pipe organ, and so many more. As you play, your music creates sparkles as feedback. Features include a selection of fun music looks for a customizable background and the download comes with xylophone, drums and vocal, with full features. Additional instruments are available with in-app purchases of $1.99, or get them all for $3.99.
- Music education app
- Virtual instrument collection
- Tap to create your own music
- Gameplay creates sparkles
- Get additional instruments with in-app purchases
Rock Life - Guitar Band Revenge of Hero Rising Star features some of the most realistic virtual guitars on any mobile platform. The gameplay requires users to create and manage their own band, play concerts, record in studio, direct videos, and more. Users can play in real time, against real-life friends. The goal is to win money to finance your success, climb the charts, and compete for world music domination. Challenges include hiring band members, acquiring instruments and equipment, and earning money. Connect to Facebook and get your friends in your band. Expand your fanbase and get rich and turn your earnings into customized instruments.
- Play against real people
- Play in real time
- Realistic guitars
- Build a band
- Compete for world music domination
Rock On is a spin off of the award winning game SongPop. Listen to clips of famous Rock hits and name the title or artist. Categories include Classic, Punk, Pop, Metal, Indie, and more. Become a rock legend as you conquer each level. The game quizzes users on over 3000 hits, join the band, race friends, and track them on the road to stardom. Gameplay modes include arcade, sudden death, mic check, and more. This game is terrific for music lovers because of its liberal use of real music by original artists.
- Spin off of SongPop
- Listen to music clips
- Name the song or the artist
- Quiz from over 3000 hits
- Race your friends
Groove Coaster 2 is a must-have for rhythm game lovers. A completely original and innovative game, it’s obvious why it’s won so many awards. The game boasts more than 1200 stages and over 213 tracks. The music is second to none, and even includes exclusive original tracks from famous artists; new tracks are always being added. The interface includes an arcade mode, as well as multi-touch support, but users can use anything as an instrument for play. Drum on a table, clap your hands, anything goes to get the most varied and interactive response from the game. Play options include solo or multiplayer.
- Rhythm game
- Over 1200 stages
- Over 213 tracks
- Exclusive original tracks
- Use anything as an instrument