What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SongPop is a music trivia game played on Facebook, as well as Android and iOS mobile devices. Players can challenge their Facebook friends, but can also choose to be paired with strangers, which raises privacy and safety concerns - especially since online chatting is enabled between players after they've completed four quiz rounds together. SongPop supports ad hoc in-game purchases, or players can pay a weekly, monthly, or yearly subscription to enjoy various perks. Some of the songs, especially in the rap category, feature iffy lyrics.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- making conclusions
- applying information
- handling stress
- meeting challenges together
Engagement, Approach, Support
Fun, fast-paced music quizzes draw kids in and encourage them to keep playing for "just one more round." Production values are appealing without being too busy or distracting.
Kids personalize the game by choosing which musical genres to be quizzed on. Skills like deduction and concentration can easily be applied to non-game contexts.
A tutorial is non-existent and kids learn as they go; luckily, the rules aren't very complicated. Kids earn stars by performing well in specific musical genres.
What's it about?
In SONGPOP, players pick a musical genre, such as 80's Collection, Classic Rock, or Female Singers, then play a 5-round quiz against either a Facebook friend or an opponent chosen at random. During the quiz, players listen to song clips and try to identify the artist or the song via multiple choice. The faster you choose the correct answer, the more points you score. Gameplay is asynchronous, meaning both players don't have to be playing at the same time to participate. (In other words, you could answer your five questions, challenge a friend, then receive a notification once they've completed their answers to see who wins the round.)
Is it any good?
SongPop is great fun for music buffs. The song variety is pretty shallow at first, but it improves as you gradually unlock more playlists and genres. Players don't have to spend money, provided they're willing to be patient, play a lot, and earn coins. SongPop's ability to pair you with random Facebook users for quizzes means that you'll always have someone to play with even if none of your Facebook friends are willing -- that is, if you're comfortable with the potential privacy risks of engaging with strangers. It could use a better tutorial and explanation of the rules, especially for tournament mode.