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Score: 6.0 / 10
I thought about writing the first part of
this review entirely in ABBA lyrics, but then I realized the problem
with that which is also the problem with this game. If you’re an ABBA
fan, you’ll get it. If you’re barely an ABBA fan or not, you just won’t
To be fair, I should step back and talk about the game for people that
have not been exposed to the SingStar franchise. Essentially, SingStar
is like karaoke on steroids. The game presents you with a variety of
songs which you can then sing along with in a variety of modes.
First you might try just singing solo to get the hang of it. The game
offers a couple of difficulty levels. When the music starts, you’ll see
a video in the background (in
this case, it is original video footage of
ABBA cleaned up very nicely, considering its age). You will then see the
lyrics appearing on the screen along with color bars. The bars appear
relative to one another based upon the pitch you need to sing in order
to “hit the notes”. The more you sing to match the pitch of the notes,
the higher your score. The normal mode is quite a bit easier on you,
allowing even the casual singer a chance to get a decent
score. Go into the harder difficulty level and you’re in for a bit of a
In addition to the single player mode the game features a couple of
multi-player options which is really where this entire franchise shines.
You can play two player either against each other or in a co-operative
duet mode. There’s also the party “pass the mic” mode that allows up to
eight people to participate.
The bottom line with this game is that it’s really not any different
from the other Singstar titles. If you like those, and you know the
music, you’re all set. I thought I was pretty familiar with ABBA songs
and I only really recognized six of the twenty included songs. The
problem with this is that if nobody recognizes the songs at a party, it
really detracts from the enjoyment of the game overall. If you’ve got
yourself a group of hardcore ABBA fans then you are probably going to be
If you consider yourself (as I do) only a casual ABBA fan, you will
discover that there are a lot more words to those songs you thought you
knew. If I do dare sing their songs out loud, apparently I’ve been
missing half the words. This game is a real eye opener into how many
words are packed into some of these songs.
In short, the game delivers what I would have expected. It’s an average
title at best, appealing to the biggest ABBA fans. If this is you, run
out there and pick this up. If you’re not sure, a rental may be in order
first. Because, “if you change your mind”, this game will be ready and
will for your to “Take a Chance” on it.
- Syd Bolton
(March 21, 2009)
Syd Bolton surrounds himself in classic
games at the Personal Computer Museum (www.pcmuseum.ca)
in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.