A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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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?
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.
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- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
Arts: music, singing
- Skills: Self-Direction: identifying strengths and weaknesses, personal growth
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Disney Interactive
- Release date: October 6, 2009
- Genre: Music and Dance
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes