The Best Instrument Games

Update : D Life added at rank #2.
1

Frequency (2023)

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early access ps2 Linux Mac OS PC Windows Android

Drive the world and make it dance as you piece together the geometric puzzles and build musical tracks that are intertwined.


  • multiple-endings
  • music
  • space
  • choices
  • instrument
  • walking-simulator
  • fiction
  • mystery
  • online-capable
  • pixel
  • cyberpunk
  • humor
  • rhythm
  • interactive
  • minimalist

2

D Life (2023)

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Android PC Windows

This is a new genre of game that uses mutation and wind to explore electronic life forms and take pictures. The sound system by industry veteran Yuriko Keino features background music that changes depending on the current situation.


  • attack
  • score
  • instrument
  • arcade
  • sci-fi
  • pixel
  • 2d
  • simulation
  • casual
  • psychedelic
  • action
  • abstract
  • real-time
  • rogue-like
  • challenging

3

Rocksmith 2014 (2016)

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Playstation 3 Playstation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One

The fastest way to learn guitar is now better than ever. Join over three million people who have learned to play guitar with the award-winning Rocksmith® method. Plug any real guitar or bass with a 1/4 inch jack directly into your PC or Mac and you’ll learn to play in just 60 days.


  • simulation
  • instrument
  • casual
  • rhythm
  • music
  • education

4

Beatstar (2021)

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Android IOS iPhone

Tap and Swipe to the instruments, vocals or beats to master your favorite songs and experience them in a whole new way. Hundreds of the best artists today have collaborated to make the ultimate playlist. We’ll also create your own Beatstar playlist right inside Apple Music with all your favorite songs from Beatstar Please note: a network connection is required.

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  • mech
  • resource
  • waves
  • real-time
  • instrument
  • endless
  • challenging
  • bite-sized
  • buildings
  • experimental
  • sandbox
  • old-school
  • survival

5

Cannonfire Concerto (2016)

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Android PC Windows Mac OS Linux

In an 18th century symphony of intrigue, your supernatural virtuoso performance begins an overture to war! Spies, lovers, generals…who holds the strings?


  • text
  • instrument
  • romance
  • novel
  • supernatural
  • choices
  • interactive
  • adventure
  • rpg
  • war
  • book
  • fantasy-historical

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Beatstar - Touch Your Music (2021)

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IOS iPhone Android

Play through hits from Doja Cat, Avicii and Lil Nas X, or explore the classics like Lynard Skynard's Sweet Home Alabama. Beatstar requests storage permissions so that you can send our support team screenshots of anything you need help with or would like to report to us.

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  • mech
  • resource
  • waves
  • real-time
  • instrument
  • endless
  • challenging
  • bite-sized
  • buildings
  • experimental
  • sandbox
  • old-school
  • survival

7

Rock Band Rivals (2016)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One

The Rock Band Rivals expansion brings brand new features to Rock Band 4. Perform your way through an epic rock documentary about your band in a new campaign mode, join Crews to prove your skill and crush your opponents through weekly online challenges, and get a free backstage pass to months of additional game updates, including Synchronous Online Multiplayer with your friends this holiday.

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  • instrument
  • multiplayer
  • competitive
  • online
  • asynchronous
  • narrative
  • funny
  • narrator
  • narration
  • hardcore
  • experience

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