We Sing 80s

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Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Decent karaoke game has a few flat notes.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about singing and matching pitch as they belt out songs from the 1980s. The Lessons section helps players understand pitch and lets them practice achieving the right pitch in the songs they sing. This training mode, though, is hit and miss. Players can use falsettos to hit notes that are octaves higher than what's asked for, and the game will still record those note as a good score. Kids who play We Sing 80s will come away with an understanding of how to match pitch when singing a song as well as a history of the popular songs of the 1980s.

Positive Messages

We Sing 80s will cue players with text messages and points if they succeed in hitting the right pitch during a lyrical phrase. If the right pitch is achieved, players may get a text pop-up telling them they were "perfect," "brilliant," or "awesome." If the right pitch is wildly missed, the pop-up message may read, "Awful."

Positive Role Models & Representations

We Sing 80s is a potpourri of songs from the 1980s, and each song is accompanied by the music video that was released to MTV and other video music forums. As anyone who has ever watched music videos knows, sexual innuendo and objectification of women are common.

Ease of Play

Although the game does have a mode called Lesson, the 30 vocal objectives rely more on pitch than on players actually being adept at singing the lyrics. Even then, hitting a note an octave above or below what is called for will still yield a passing grade.


We Sing 80s features bikini-clad models in Duran Duran's "Rio" and in Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come On, Eileen"; the title character's appearance in a dress stirs the singer to intone, "My thoughts, I confess, verge on dirty." In another part of the latter song, Eileen is encouraged to "take off everything."


Because some of the videos in We Sing 80s take place in the real world, there might be some signs appearing in the background, but there's no direct link to the images.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that We Sing 80s is a karaoke game for up to four players. The game features 30 songs that were popular in the 1980s. There are several ways to play, either in Solo mode or Party mode. The Solo mode contains a Lessons section that is more about pitch than anything else, whereas the Party mode contains the standard variety of games, such as Pass the Mic and Versus, and a few interesting modes like Blind (wherein the lyrics are not displayed and the music cuts out).

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What's it about?

WE SING 80s is a karaoke game that features 30 songs with artists such as DeBarge, Cyndi Lauper, the Bangles, Lionel Richie, the Human League, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Paula Abdul, Roxette, Sade, Simple Minds, Smokey Robinson, Tears for Fears, Toto, Starship, and Spandau Ballet...to name a few. Players are challenged to sing on-pitch to record the best score possible. There are more than 12 modes of play, including single and multiplayer modes.

Is it any good?

We Sing 80s is a decent effort, but the game falls a bit flat in a few key areas. First, the microphones that come with the game are not that good, and the sound generated through them is rather scratchy (though you can play the game with any other USB microphone you may happen to own). Second, as with many karaoke games, players don't actually have to know the lyrics to score well; they can just mumble on-pitch to score points. The songs are enjoyable and a nice trip down memory lane for those who remember that era of pop music.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages in song lyrics and how to discern what is right and wrong behavior.

  • Parents can talk to their children about body image and how media like music videos influence self-image.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Subjects: Arts: improvising and music analysis, music
  • Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, personal growth
    Collaboration: meeting challenges together
  • Price: $29.99–$49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nordic Games
  • Release date: September 20, 2013
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: T for Mild lyrics, mild suggestive themes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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