Disney Sing It! Pop Hits

Common Sense Media says

Polished music game for tween pop fans.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

As is typical of a Disney products, the artists featured are all slick and squeaky clean.

Positive role models

The artists are all Disney-approved (i.e. clean cut and inoffensive), however there's a marked lack of cultural diversity among them.

Ease of play

Very easy to play. The game is far more forgiving of mistakes than games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and offers various levels of difficulty to suit gamers of all levels of musicality.

Violence

Some song lyrics make subtle references to violence and death ("Bury me in honor when I'm dead and hit the ground")

Sex

Some lyrics have mildly suggestive themes about  kissing ("oh, kiss me like you mean it"). The backdrop music videos are more suggestive showing couples kissing and one where there is hugging on bed with clothes on.

Language

Some song lyrics have mild sexual themes or make allusions to violence.

Consumerism

Features songs from famous artists including Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Colbie Clalat and Duffy. The game can be seen as promoting these songs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this karaoke-style music game features the songs and music videos of some of today's hottest pop stars, including Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Colbie Clalat and Duffy. As is typical of a Disney product, the content is squeaky clean. The strongest language you'll hear in the lyrics is "jerk" and "idiot." Lyrics have a few references to kissing, and some of the background music videos show mildly romantic scenes.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Arts

  • music
  • singing

Skills

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • personal growth

Communication

  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

A very good karaoke game. Fans of the squeaky clean, slickly produced pop music that make up this game's soundtrack will find a lot to be happy about. Disney singer and actress Tiffany Thornton even hosts a series of useful and fun singing lessons.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn music-related skills such as rhythm and pitch as they sing along to pre-recorded tracks in this karaoke game. Sing It Pro mode provides virtual singing lessons by a Disney Channel star.

Support

Very easy to play. The game is far more forgiving of mistakes than games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and offers various levels of difficulty to suit gamers of all levels of musicality.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Arts

  • music
  • singing

Skills

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • personal growth

Communication

  • listening

Kids can learn music-related skills such as rhythm and pitch as they sing along to pre-recorded tracks in this karaoke game. Kids can actually train to become better singers by completing Sing It Pro mode, a series of virtual singing lessons hosted by singer Tiffany Thornton that teach kids about concepts like accuracy, proper breathing techniques, and how to extend their vocal range. Disney Sing It! Pop Hits is a fun karaoke game that also provides singing lessons to kids.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

While previous games in the Disney Sing It! series have placed the focus squarely on Disney artists, the latest instalment of the popular karaoke series aimed at 'tweens and young teens, DISNEY SING IT! POP HITS, lets players sing along to 30 songs from 16 pop artists including Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Colbie Clalat and Duffy. As players belt out the songs using the included microphone, they can also watch the actual official music videos of the artists performing in the background. (The game can also be purchased on its own if players already have a microphone from a previous game.)

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Disney Sing It! Pop Hits is a very good karaoke game. Fans of the squeaky clean, slickly produced pop music that make up this game's soundtrack will find a lot to be happy about. Players singing on their own can choose from solo mode, where they sing along as lyrics and pitch guides that scroll across the screen, or a "You're On Your Own" mode where the visual aids disappear. With five multiplayer modes, including a duet mode, a competitive "showdown" mode, and team play, the game is well-suited for parties, too.

The game's hidden gem is Sing It Pro mode, where Disney singer and actress Tiffany Thornton hosts a series of useful and fun singing lessons designed to help players improve their accuracy, breathing and vocal range. The game is much more forgiving of mistakes than the more "serious" music games on the market like Rock Band or Guitar Hero (which also contain songs with racy content popping up in the lyrics). In other words, Disney Sing It Pop Hits is perfectly tailored for its target audience, and an enjoyable singing game to boot.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what tips you learned about being a better singer from Tiffany Thornton in Sing It Pro mode.

  • What are some characteristics of pop music, and how is it different from other genres like rock, heavy metal, jazz, or hip hop?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:October 6, 2009
Genre:Music
ESRB rating:E for Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3)

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Kid, 12 years old Written byShoopingspree92 June 27, 2010
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10
QUALITY
 

Fun!!

Love this game!

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byParamoreFan09 February 28, 2010
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4
QUALITY
 

Barely any songs, and almost TOO easy to play.

This game doesn't really require skill... Once I was COMPLETELY singing the wrong note to see what would happen and the little yellow circle just followed the lines that I wasn't singing (giving me points). Horrible selection of songs because there are BARELY any. Although, Guitar Hero's strictness bugs me. I always get a horrible score and the words (AND points) don't line up with the songs properly. Especially "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World. wow im ranting ok bye.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byJesusFreak09 May 3, 2010
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8
QUALITY
 

love to sing + love to play video games = love this game !

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