A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.")
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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