bandstarsHalfbrick has partnered up with fellow Australian developer Six Foot Kid to put out their social-focused band simulator Band Stars on iOS, and joining the Austrailian soft-launch which happened back in August the game is now also available in the Canadian App Store.

Band Stars has an interesting history, as it was initially launched over a year ago as part of Google+ Games before disappearing when that service was shuttered this past June. An iOS version was already in the works, though, and it looks like it's getting ever-closer with its expanded soft-launch in Canada. Check out the official trailer for Band Stars.

I didn't have a chance to play Band Stars back when it was a Flash game, but it sounds like it garnered a pretty devoted fan base. I've heard several times it being compared to Kairosoft's brand of simulation game, where you really get to build your band from the ground up before recording tracks and building up your own virtual fan base. It'll be a free-to-play game, so if you have access to an Australian or Canadian App Store account you can give it a download with either of the links below and take it for a spin yourself. We'll let you know when we get word that Band Stars is hitting worldwide.

Australian App Store Link: Band Stars, Free (Universal)

Canadian App Store Link: Band Stars, Free (Universal)

  • Bloodangel

    Is this like rockstar ate my hamster?

  • The Gamer Dude

    This is actually pretty damn cool so far. It does indeed remind me of a Kiarosoft title , there is quite a bit of depth on offer here. My only concern is the IAP, haven't played enough yet to get a feel , but the currencies are earned through gameplay at least .

  • The Gamer Dude

    Well it doesn't appear you can buy energy drinks ( you need them to 'recharge' your band members) with anything but real cash. Bummer, I would have gladly paid upfront for this game. God I hate freemium and timers, especially when I really like the game.

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    My only concern is the IAP, haven't played enough yet to get a feel , but the currencies are earned through gameplay at least .

  • Artvarg

    Still waiting for Colossatron...

  • Game.PN

    This game is not offline and I hate it I can't play without wi-fi

  • hellscaretaker

    From what seen so far u can it seems get drinks from level up or doing the tasks. Having to wait is a pain but that's typical for these types of free games. Yet in honestly if there was no timers I think you be beating the game very quickly

    • The Gamer Dude

      Yep you do get energy drinks once in a while, and the cool down for the band members isn't too bad. As much as I hate timers you have a point about finishing it quickly. I encourage everybody to at least check this out ( it's so easy to set up an account in the great white north ) :) I'm actually pondering getting Facebook for this game so I can see who's songs are topping the charts and I bet there are some humorous band names and song titles.