Sing Party

Common Sense Media says

Karaoke and dance party game features wide range of music.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game encourages socialization and teaches children the power of expressing themselves through music.

Positive role models

There are no real characters to be role models in the game, but the silhouette characters that can be seen dancing in the background are shown having fun and enjoying the music.

Ease of play

If you can read the lyrics and have even a slight sense of rhythm, learning to play is easy. Hitting the notes and pitches is a little more challenging, though.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

No lyrics are explicit, but some do focus on romantic themes (i.e. Justin Bieber's "Baby," Lady Antebellum's "Just a Kiss" and Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory," with lyrics like "I need a man that thinks it's right when it's so wrong.")

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sing Party is a karaoke game for the Wii U. Unlike other karaoke games, no music videos appear in the background, which removes some of the concerns about sex and violence. The songs are mostly family friendly with no lyrics that are truly objectionable -- and several that are uplifting, such as Katy Perry's "Firework" and Katrina and the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine." Similarly, the dance moves are very tame compared to other dance/karaoke games. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • dance
  • music
  • singing

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • group projects
  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • dance
  • music
  • singing

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • group projects
  • teamwork

Kids can learn how to express themselves through music and, to a limited degree, learn to improve their singing abilities. Music can be a vehicle to express all sorts of feelings and the game's diverse song catalog explores many of those. Sing Party builds social relationships in a party situation and encourages kids to find a new way to express themselves through music. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

SING PARTY is a fairly traditional karaoke game, with a slight twist thanks to the Wii U's Gamepad. Players sing along to a mix of recent and past hits via a USB microphone. Pitch is less important in this game, which is more about having fun than improving your vocal skills. In the game's Party Mode, one player can read the lyrics from the Gamepad, while others follow dance moves on the TV and sing occasional backup vocals. In the Sing and Team modes, the lyrics are on the TV screen (while the Gamepad can be used to add songs to the playlist, adjust the volume of the instrumental or vocal portions of the song). The game scores players on their performance in Sing mode; and singers can work to better their skills in the game's practice mode. All songs are unlocked from the very beginning, so the scores aren't an important part of the game.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Sing Party's lack of sexy (or violent) videos makes it suitable for families and since the game doesn't boo anyone off stage (no matter how tone deaf they might be), it's fun for large groups. The music mix is a good one, too, with 50 songs blending recent hits and some older classics (i.e. it's a safe bet this is the only time Frank Sinatra and Carly Rae Jepsen will appear together). It's a title that's likely to enjoy a presence at family get-togethers.

While Sing Party is hardly a bad karaoke/dance game, it ultimately feels like a missed opportunity, given the promise of the Wii U's two-screen approach to gaming. Rather than using the Gamepad to display lyrics for all game modes, the game relies on the television screen for two of its three modes, giving it a very "me too" feeling. It's a pivotal opportunity to differentiate itself that's squandered. Also, the scoring system in the game's sing and team modes isn't well defined (not that this is a game that's focused on sing-offs against friends). Given its high price, this is definitely a title you should rent before you buy to see if it's for you. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about playing music games together. What makes them so entertaining?

  • What's more fun: Singing to your friends or having them sing along with you? 

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii U
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:November 18, 2012
Genre:Music
Topics:Music and sing-along
ESRB rating:E for Lyrics (Nintendo Wii U)

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