Have you ever heard of Guitarbots? Sounds a little bit scary, doesn’t it. But don’t worry, Guitarbots creator Ovelin promises that there’s nothing to worry about. If anything, the Finnish company declared that you will have a lot of fun while you will be actually learning how to play the guitar. With your own guitar, yes, a real one! And it doesn’t matter whether your preference is on acoustic or electric instruments. Guitarbots is actually not Ovelin’s first invention. About a year and a half ago they introduced Wild Chords to the market and received a lot of praise from critics and customers for their innovative approach of combing video game entertainment with real guitar playing.
So what’s the difference between Guitarbots and Wild Chords? The latter one was designed exclusively for the iPad, whereas Guitarbots is a Web application and can therefore be used via both PC and Mac/iPad. No cables are needed, your computer’s microphone just picks up the sound and processes it accordingly.
Here is a comprehensive video with more details around Guitarbots and how the tool works:
As you can see, conceptually there is in fact a strong resemblance to Guitar Hero, however, you are now playing real guitars and not toys. And therefore, you will be actually learning how to play the instrument as you progress along from level to level. Speaking of levels, Guitarbots features over 300 of them and has everything covered from starters to advanced players. As you can see in the video below, some of the levels are actually very challenging:
How much does Guitarbots cost?
Well, as I had mentioned, it is a web-application, not a download. You can play for up to 5 minutes per day for free. For each new customer you refer, you will get an extra five minutes with a maximum of one hour per day. For $9.99 per month you will get unlimited access. Of course, it is now debatable whether or not this is a reasonable price. At first glance, it sounds a little ambitious, but on the other hand you get play as much as you like for under 10 bucks. In addition to that, you can’t forget that you will be actually playing a real guitar and the whole purpose is to learn how to play the instrument. So you can make the argument that this is more than just getting access to an online game – you actually get a an online guitar teaching program in a new format.
I personally haven’t tried it. Maybe I will at a later point. However, should you have anything you can share here with us around Guitarbots, I would love for you to drop a comment.