A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Gamers can choose avatars from both genders, various ethnic backgrounds and ages, and different body types.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
One Fallout Boy song makes a sexual reference to being "friction in your jeans."
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Some may be offended by suggestive lyrics refering to sex, smoking, and alcohol.
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Products & Purchases
This game is, of course, based on the American Idol television show, but there aren't any Coke products in this interactive version!
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Very few references to smoking and drinking (in Billy Joel's "Piano Man").
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that a few songs have suggestive lyrics that range from sexual references ("Wishing to be the friction in your jeans" from Fallout Boy's "Sugar We're Going Down") to alcoholic and cigarette references in Billy Joel's "Piano Man." Songs like this are in the minority, however, and this is a fun game that focuses on trying to impress the judges by singing along with your favorite songs.
Is It Any Good?
Paula Abdul is curiously missing, and you will hear host Ryan Seacrest, but will not see him. You can tackle the game solo or play against up to seven other contestants (who can each create and name their own character) and then take turns belting out the songs for the judges. Other than the main competition mode, players can also choose to play a Quick Play game, One Mic Party, Two Mic Party, and straight Karaoke mode (no scorekeeping).
Wannabe pop stars will love playing this game -- but only if you're willing to risk Simon Cowell's snooty put-downs.
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