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Queen Launch First-Ever Official Mobile Rhythm Game: 'Queen: Rock Tour'

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Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen perform onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on Sept. 28, 2019 in New York City.

Queen launched their first-ever official mobile rhythm game on Monday with "Queen: Rock Tour," which will allow fans to play along to their favorite songs on Android and iOS devices and play along with the entire band by tapping the tiles in time to the rhythm.

"Be a Lockdown Rock Star! No turning back !!!” Queen guitarist Brian May said in a statement. While fully immersed in the Queen universe, players can progress and score points by playing guitar, drums, bass or singing vocals as May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon or Freddie Mercury along to such iconic hits as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “I Want to Break Free” and “We Are The Champions,” and 15 others, while rocking stages at 10 historic concert venues around the world, including London, Tokyo, Houston, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

More than 40 official and classic costumes, trivia and exclusive images from the official Queen archives can be unlocked with high scores in the game that comes as the group celebrates its 50th anniversary. And while the band was hoping to share its Golden Jubilee with fans this year, their 29-date European stadium and arena tour planned for 2021 has been delayed until 2022 due to the pandemic.

"Our ambition was to push the boundaries of music and gaming with a fun and rewarding experience that would put players in Queen shoes at pivotal points in their career, and make them perform in real-time Queen's live music unlike ever before, said Cedric Ratajczak, creative director at Gamesloft, the mobile gaming developer who created the mobile experience with Universal Music Group and Hollywood Records.

"The creative challenge was to modernize the traditional rhythm-game genre with innovative and mobile-friendly twists inheriting from hyper-casual gaming, and with a unique and happy visual style that offers a timeless look to the band, appealing to the new generation of players," Ratajczak continued. "We devoted enormous attention to the details of Queen’s history, authenticity and artistry to craft a fitting tribute to one of the most significant bands in rock history and aim at setting new standards for how band-focused music games could be executed on mobile today."

Watch a trailer below.