SingStar + Dance

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Popular music series adds dancing but has mature themes.

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Positive Messages

This game encourages players to experience, enjoy, and move to music. However, it also presents the mature side of pop music culture. Players will see provocative dancing and suggestive poses and hear disparaging comments about women and references to drugs and alcohol. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some over-the-top videos depict people engaged in and singing songs about adult and illegal activities, including sex and drugs.

Ease of Play

Plugging in a microphone and hooking up PlayStation Move is easy to do, but singing songs on key and hitting the dance movements precisely can be challenging. The controls are responsive and the player interface is accessible.


Dancers in some videos wear revealing outfits, such as lingerie, and some of the moves are provocative in nature. There are pelvic grinds, hands rubbing crotches, and one video features a singer standing on over-sized butt cheeks. Some videos focus on the sensuality of female singers. The actual dance routines that players are asked to perform are mostly confined to arm movements that remain above the waist.


Songs lyrics are sometimes suggestive and generally inappropriate for younger players. Women are referred to as "bimbos" and "hoes" and there are several references to being "horny." Players can sing these lyrics as well as dance to them.


This game promotes popular artists and songs.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the videos refers to a character who is exhaling smoke as a "lonely stoner." There are references to alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SingStar + Dance is a karaoke game with dance elements that encourages players to get up and move to their favourite music. However, it also contains some mature themes, including suggestive dancing, derogatory language, and references to drugs and alcohol. It makes use of the PlayStation Eye to register the movements of players as well as record videos of player performances that can be shared online. Note that more than one microphone and Move motion controller are required for multiplayer games. 

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What's it about?

SINGSTAR + DANCE is a karaoke game that uses the PlayStation Move motion controller and a PlayStation Eye to allow players to get up and dance. Players can simply sing their choice of 30 recent and classic pop hits -- some repeated from previous releases in the franchise -- or use Move to mirror dance moves shown on screen. When singing karaoke players try to match the pitch of the original artist -- an indicator can be seen in the background of music videos -- while singing the words that scroll across the screen. Performances can be recorded for playback or to post through the PlayStation Network. If two players are dancing an additional Move controller is required and the dancing becomes synchronized for two.

Is it any good?

The SingStar franchise has been around since 2004 and very little has changed in concept or execution. While + Dance adds a new element, it doesn't feel like enough to make players run out and invest in the hardware necessary to play this game. There is a bundle that comes with microphones, but the Eye and Move are sold (and bundled) separately. What's more, some of the songs featured in this game have appeared in previous iterations; "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, for example, has been in several SingStar titles. There simply isn't enough new content to make this a standout game in the music and dance genres.

Online interaction: The PlayStation Eye captures videos of player performances and these videos can be shared online. Others can comment on profile posts. No direct comments can be made to players, but videos will show player handles. Players have the ability to report offensive material viewed online.

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