Karaoke Revolution

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Edgy music videos play in background of singing game.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

The gameplay itself doesn't really send any messages, but if the game is played on the Music Video Venue and if kids are paying attention to those videos in the background, then they will see sex, drinking, and all sorts of bad behavior. In one video clip, kids will see men urinate into beer bottles as a prank and another man drinks them. Again, though, these videos don't have to be seen.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no real characters to be role models in the game, but the characters that can be seen in some of the background music videos are very negative role models -- drinking, having sex, destroying property, playing terrible pranks, and generally behaving badly. Again, though, players can easily avoid this by not playing in the Music Video Venue.

Ease of Play

The different levels of grading, from easy to hard, are well delineated, giving appropriate levels of challenge for people of different skill levels.


Some destruction of property can be seen in one background music video.


Song lyrics are full of innuendo (e.g., "Waistline makes my soldier salute"), and a few songs are openly about sex ("Sex on Fire," "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy," etc.). "I Kissed a Girl" is about bisexuality. Sexual imagery can be seen in background if you choose to play on the "Music Video Venue" which shows the actual music video on a screen behind the avatar singer. These videos are purely background and difficult to actually see at times, but you can catch glimpses of people kissing and rolling around in bed, as well as scantily clad women feeling themselves. One video shows a super-brief glimpse of the Kama Sutra with drawings of sexual positions.


Mild swear words appear in several songs (sometimes even in the title, as in "Hope It Gives You Hell" and "My Life Would Suck Without You"). Sexual language is much more common.


The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions allow users to purchase downloadable songs to add to their games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In background music videos, you can sometimes see people holding or drinking from beer bottles, or taking shots of liquor. Several songs contain lyrical references to alcohol and/or drugs (e.g., "I was so high I did not recognize...").

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this newest edition of the long-running karaoke singing game franchise has, for the first time, real music videos in it. Those videos are sometimes filled with content and imagery that would be inappropriate for younger players. However, those videos are only seen in the background, behind the singing avatar, the back-up band, and lots of stage props. And they only appear in one of the many venues you can choose to play in. Even without the videos, though, many of the song lyrics can be deemed inappropriate by parents because of their sexual innuendo, drug and alcohol references, and bad language. Strong parental caution should be exercised.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byKbugsmom November 14, 2010
My 9 year old went to a slumber party- when I picked her up the girls were playing this game. Four of them were beliting out the lyrics to the song I kissed a g... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 17, 2011

What's it about?

Despite a lack of numbers, subtitles, or suffixes, this KARAOKE REVOLUTION is the latest in a log-running series of karaoke games. Players sing along to popular songs and are graded on their pitch. There is a multiplayer party mode and a single-player career mode (which is really mis-named, as it is simply a series of challenges that must be beaten and has no element of an actual career or story arc). Players wishing a no-pressure singing experience can play a score-less karaoke mode. And players can customize any avatar character or venue.

Is it any good?

The newest Karaoke Revolution has some big improvements over the previous incarnations. For one thing, you've got original master tracks of the songs (no covers), and the character creation is phenomenal. Also for the first time, you can edit (or create from scratch) the venues. You can choose to play on one particular venue in which the actual music videos play on a screen behind the singer, but for teens and younger, you're better off not doing so because of the edgy nature of these videos.

One major complaint is in the character animation, which seems very stiff and uses the same goofy dance moves that have appeared in the last 3 or 4 versions of Karaoke Revolution. The user interface and menu screens are also very blah; nothing was done to spice them up and make them more fun to interact with. Still, like its predecessors, Karaoke Revolution makes for a great party game for older teens and adults.

Online interaction: On the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions only (the Wii version has no online component), players can purchase new downloadable songs to use in the game, and they can challenge other players online to sing-off contests. Parents should always be sure to set parental controls to protect children from live chat encounters in online play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the depiction of women in music videos. Many videos show women in revealing outfits and in a generally sexual manner. Why does this happen? Other videos in the game contain much better depictions of women. How does a video's depiciton of women affect your view of the performer?

  • Casual drug and alcohol references also give an opening for parents to discuss the dangers of drinking and drugs.

  • This is an avatar game. Parents can also ask their children why they designed their character to look the way they did.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Konami
  • Release date: December 2, 2009
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Lyrics, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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