A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Some lyrics condemn racism, violence, and super-thin models. There's an "Independent Women" medley featuring artists like En Vogue, the Cranberries, and Natalie Imbruglia.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexually explicit lyrics including "I wanna sex you up," and "When I think about you I touch myself."
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Occasional mild curses like "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some lyrics, like Chumbawumba's "Tubthumping," contain references to drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game requires players to sing and rap along to tunes from the 1990s using special Singstar microphones (regular USB mics aren't compatible). Some of the songs feature sexually explicit lyrics, including Color Me Badd's "I Wanna Sex You Up," the Divinyls "I Touch Myself," and Sir Mix A lot's "Baby Got Back." There are also occasional references to drinking alcohol in the lyrics. Players can upload their photo to an online scoreboard, and view other players' photos.
Is It Any Good?
Singstar '90s uses proprietary color-coded microphones that come bundled with the game for $49.99. If you buy the game alone for $29.99, be aware that general USB microphones from other games won't work, which is a shame (although mics from other Singstar games will). The game's graphics are pretty sparse, and some progressive challenges for solo mode -- like a Career mode -- might have been nice. Lyrics appear at the bottom of the screen instead of scrolling along with the rhythm and pitch indicators, making them harder to follow along. Still, if it's straight karaoke singing you're after, Singstar '90s does what it was designed to do. It's guaranteed to be a hit at parties, and it offers a good cross-section of songs from an eclectic musical decade.<
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