Family movie night? There's an app for that
Download our new mobile app on iOS and Android.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players can create and customize a male or female singer.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some minor lyrical references to sex such as "we'll be playmates and lovers" in Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Some song lyrics contain words such as "damn," hell" and "bloody hell."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
This game is a marketing tool for the Amecian Idol TV show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents should know that this game is rated "Everyone 10+" (recommended for children age 10 and older) for some potentially offensive words including "hell," "damn" and "bloody hell." That said, the game's lyrics are tamer than most other music games including the Rock Band and the Guitar Hero series. This game serves as a marketing tool for the American Idol TV show.
Is It Any Good?
The song selection is decent, plus you can download additional tunes (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version only), which show up as a different color, plus this sequel is the first in the series that lets you play in a new co-op head-to-head mode (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version only). In the Xbox 360 version you can also connect you Xbox Vision Camera to import your face into the game.
But these online options raise the first issue in this game: a headset microphone is required to chat with people you're playing with over the Internet even though you're holding a microphone in your hand. Does that make sense? Another beef is despite some new songs and a few new venues (including the finals stage from the 2008 season of American Idol), all the menus screens, graphical presentation, and the stiffly animated characters (which you can customize to look like you) are virtually the same as the previous game, which will likely disappoint those who purchased previous games. This disc isn't horrible – singing with or against friends to familiar songs and being critiqued by the American Idol judges can be quite fun – but this game offers little improvement over the past titles, making this sequel feel rushed and half-baked. Note: the Wii version is missing some of the more interesting features found in other versions that contribute to its replayability.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate